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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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Moving tribute to Dr. King and worthy of wider distribution
18 January 2008 | by greg-253See all my reviews

After watching 103 minute edited version (the only celeb commentary by Harry Belefonte), one has to wonder why this film isn't more available to the general public. It is by far, one of the best documentary efforts to chronicle Martin Luther King Jr. as he helped push the civil rights movement forward into the public consciousness.

What makes this film special (in its condensed version) is the plainly laid out - but thoughtfully edited - chronology of Dr. King's various actions, speeches - and the public response. Other than Belafonte's opening statement, the film has no narration - which gives it an urgency. This is punctuated by King's powerful oratory (including the entire I Have A Dream speech...and segments of many others), along with footage of demonstrations, marches and material that is often hard to watch due to the racially charged violence.

Still, it is a potent reminder of our history - and should be seen by all.


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