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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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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 ...  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
Michael Witt Michael Witt ...  reedom Rider's bus driver 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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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Dexter King the son of Martin Luther King Jr. was playing the Student. See more »

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"King" (1978)
15 March 2015 | by kynize641See all my reviews

i only gave this TV movie a five star rating because the real story wasn't told a lot of missing pieces to much propaganda. the truth is the government killed MLK JR.Dr. William Francis Pepper, a friend to the late Dr. Martin Luther King and the attorney who represented King's accused murderer, James Earl Ray, in an April 1993 televised mock trial on HBO. After being arrested for King's 1968 murder, Ray was advised by his attorney, Percy Foreman, to plead guilty in a pre-trial hearing.

Ray followed Foreman's advice but three days later, Ray recanted the plea and fired Foreman. He then asked his judge for a trial but the judge refused, sentencing Ray to 99 years in prison.

The HBO special was the closest Ray ever got to defending himself in court. The mock jury found Ray not guilty of King's murder. Friend of MLK, Jr.: Government Conspiracy Killed Dr. King https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE2e0-EDkbc


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