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King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)

Follows Martin Luther King's life and decades long civil rights activism.

Directors:

Sidney Lumet (uncredited), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (uncredited)

Writers:

Mitchell Grayson (Speech Research), Ely A. Landau (conceived by) (as Ely Landau)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Himself
Joanne Woodward ... Herself
Ruby Dee ... Herself
James Earl Jones ... Himself
Clarence Williams III ... Himself
Burt Lancaster ... Himself
Ben Gazzara ... Himself
Charlton Heston ... Himself
Harry Belafonte ... Himself
Sidney Poitier ... Himself
Bill Cosby ... Himself
Diahann Carroll ... Herself
Walter Matthau ... Himself
Anthony Quinn ... Himself
Leslie Uggams ... Herself
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Follows Martin Luther King's life and decades long civil rights activism.

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A motion picture tribute to Martin Luther King in 1,000 theaters across America. One night only. All proceeds go to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Special Fund for the war against poverty, illiteracy and social injustice.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1970 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Dann war mein Leben nicht umsonst - Martin Luther King See more »

Filming Locations:

Montgomery, Alabama, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was originally shown at theatres as a "one-time-only" event on 24 March 1970, and ran 3 hours and 5 minutes. The proceeds from the $5 admission price was donated to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Special Fund. It was later shown on US television, unedited and with limited interruption. See more »

Alternate Versions

A second version, edited down to 103 minutes, was released onto videotape. It is missing the celebrety narratives and an opening montage of clips of militant black leaders with violent rhetoric contrasting to clips of Dr. King's non-violent messages, but includes the original introduction by Harry Belefonte, and consists entirely of newsreel footage. See more »

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Extraordinary testament to a great man
28 August 2013 | by barkingechoacrosswavesSee all my reviews

This movie consists almost entirely of documentary news footage of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s crusade for racial equality from the 1950s up to the time of his assassination in 1968. It features a wide diversity of gripping footage... interviews, sermons, marches, press conferences and speeches by Dr. King as he gradually secured basic rights and dignity for his people (and thereby for ALL people). As we sit here today, with prejudice remaining far too abundant in American society, it is nonetheless hard to believe that so much struggle and sacrifice was needed to secure what our Constitution and laws had already bestowed on all of our citizens long before Dr. King began his heroic effort.

Dr. King's inspiring oratory is a potent contrast to the hatred, bigotry and unrelenting brutality he and his followers faced time and again. Scenes of police violence and jeering white racists are sprinkled liberally throughout the film and are truly horrifying. The patience and nonviolence of the African-American protesters in the face of their oppressors is remarkable.

The film ends with Dr. King's funeral, an event that is foretold by Dr. King himself time and again in this film as he muses about the possibility of his death at the hands of his racist antagonists. In one such prophetic moment contained in the movie, Dr. King says:

"You know when I say 'Don't be afraid', you know what I really mean - don't even be afraid to die! But I submit to you tonight, no man is free if he fears death. But the minute you conquer the fear of death, at that moment, you are free. You must say, somehow, 'I don't have much money - I don't have much education - I may not able to be able to read or write - but I have the capacity to die!'"

The DVD is available from the distributor, Kino Lorber... don't even hesitate to buy it. This is a must-see film for anyone even remotely concerned about social justice or history.


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