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In the fall of 1962, a dramatic series of events made Civil Rights history and changed a way of life. On the eve of James Meredith becoming the first African-American to attend class at the University of Mississippi, the campus erupted into a night of rioting between those opposed to the integration of the school and those trying to enforce it. Before the rioting ended, the National Guard and Federal troops were called in to put an end to the violence and enforce Meredith's rights as an American citizen. Two people died and hundreds more were injured during the riots. Against this backdrop, the University of Mississippi football team was in the early stages of what would prove to be an unprecedented season in school history. Directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Fritz Mitchell, "Ghosts of Ole Miss" explores the intersection of that football team with the Civil Rights history being made on campus. Told through the perspective of writer and Mississippi native Wright Thompson, the ... Written by ESPN Films

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Lesser Entry But Still Watchable
5 November 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

30 for 30: Ghosts of Ole Miss (2012)

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Another good entry in the ESPN series takes a look at the 1962 Ole Miss team, which ended up going undefeated but this has pretty much been forgotten due to a race riot that happened when President Kennedy began to try and get a black man enrolled at the school. GHOSTS OF OLE MISS is a good entry in the series but I must admit that I found it strange that it was the shortest in the series up to this point in the second wave of movies. At just 60-minutes with the commercials I think the film was simply too short to cover everything it needed to at any good length. The majority of the film takes a look at the racial tensions at the school and this here is fine because it's captivating stuff but at the same time the football team and their accomplishment gets overlooked. Then getting overlooked so much here was rather strange because the plot of the documentary is showing how great of a team they were and the fact that they were overlooked in their day yet this film ends up doing the same thing. Since the film spends so much time with the racial tension, I thought a longer running time to also focus on the team would have helped. As it stands, it's a good, quick look at the events but it's certainly not as detailed as it should have been.


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