The story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stretching from his days as a Southern Baptist minister up to his assassination in Memphis in 1968.
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1978  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Paul Winfield ...  Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 3 episodes, 1978
Cicely Tyson ...  Coretta Scott King 3 episodes, 1978
Tony Bennett ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1978
Roscoe Lee Browne ...  Philip Harrison 3 episodes, 1978
Lonny Chapman ...  Chief Frank Holloman 3 episodes, 1978
Ossie Davis ...  Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. 3 episodes, 1978
Cliff De Young ...  Robert F. Kennedy 3 episodes, 1978
Al Freeman Jr. ...  Damon Lockwood 3 episodes, 1978
Clu Gulager ...  William Sullivan 3 episodes, 1978
Steven Hill ...  Stanley Levison 3 episodes, 1978
William Jordan William Jordan ...  John F. Kennedy 3 episodes, 1978
Warren J. Kemmerling ...  Lyndon Johnson 3 episodes, 1978
Lincoln Kilpatrick ...  Jerry Waring 3 episodes, 1978
Kenneth McMillan ...  Bull Connor 3 episodes, 1978
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ...  Andrew Young 3 episodes, 1978
David Spielberg ...  David Beamer 3 episodes, 1978
Dolph Sweet ...  J. Edgar Hoover 3 episodes, 1978
Dick Anthony Williams ...  Malcolm X 3 episodes, 1978
Art Evans ...  A.D. King 3 episodes, 1978
Roger Robinson ...  Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth 3 episodes, 1978
Terry Alexander ...  Bernard Lee 3 episodes, 1978
Robert Christian Robert Christian ...  Wallace 3 episodes, 1978
Sheila Frazier ...  June 3 episodes, 1978
Dallas Edward Hayes Dallas Edward Hayes ...  McKeecham 3 episodes, 1978
Roy Jenson ...  Sheriff Corruthers 3 episodes, 1978
Eric Olson Eric Olson ...  Robert Kennedy's son 3 episodes, 1978
Gene Woodbury Gene Woodbury ...  Claude 3 episodes, 1978
Alveda King ...  Babysitter 3 episodes, 1978
Matt Bennett ...  Reporter 3 episodes, 1978
Julian Bond Julian Bond ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1978
Ed Call Ed Call ...  Withers 3 episodes, 1978
Ladonna Carter Ladonna Carter ...  Bonnie King 3 episodes, 1978
Ramsey Clark Ramsey Clark ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1978
Hope Clarke Hope Clarke ...  Mary 3 episodes, 1978
Gary Combs ...  Young White Man 3 episodes, 1978
Christine King Christine King ...  Ferris Church Soloist 3 episodes, 1978
Jesse D. Goins ...  Harold O'Connor 3 episodes, 1978
Leon Hall ...  SNCC Militant 3 episodes, 1978
Linda Hopkins ...  Ellie 3 episodes, 1978
Bernice King Bernice King ...  Student 3 episodes, 1978
Dexter King Dexter King ...  Student #2 3 episodes, 1978
Martin Luther King III ...  Rev. Briggs 3 episodes, 1978
Nick LaTour ...  Man #1 3 episodes, 1978
Royce Wallace Royce Wallace ...  Mrs. Parker 3 episodes, 1978
Frances E. Williams Frances E. Williams ...  Mrs. Cumby 3 episodes, 1978
Wycliffe Young Wycliffe Young ...  McDonald 3 episodes, 1978
Don Chambers Don Chambers ...  Policeman 3 episodes, 1978
Jeri Gray Jeri Gray ...  Screaming Mourner in Funeral 3 episodes, 1978
Carl Irwin ...  Alabama State Trooper 3 episodes, 1978
John Lafayette 3 episodes, 1978
Saundra McClain ...  Barbara 3 episodes, 1978
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The story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stretching from his days as a Southern Baptist minister up to his assassination in Memphis in 1968.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Martin Luther King See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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Filmways Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The character of Jerry Waring is based on C.T. Vivian. The reason for the name change is unknown. See more »

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Featured in The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1978) See more »

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King (1978)
11 January 2015 | by rikbloom-115-127800See all my reviews

The film "King" 1978 is everything one could hope for in a dramatization on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson were the perfect pairing of actors to portray MLK JR. and Coretta Scott King. They literally bring history back to life. After years of watching a pre-recorded VHS tape of this classic film, I just received the 2005 DVD (MGM) and it looks as good as ever. Winfield captures the very essence of MLK the ups and downs, the fear and the gallantry that was Dr. Martin Luther King, with a fabulous supporting cast. A perfect casting choice was also the great Ossie Davis as Martin Luther King SR. There is however one caveat that I just discovered,which is within the screenplay, about the three American civil rights workers, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael "Mickey"Schwerner, who were murdered in the early to mid-sixties. This is concerning the actual time period when this event occurred. That said,the rest of the movie is accurate events wise, and sometimes hard to take, for the true to life aspects of this film. I highly recommend "King"


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