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Eyes on the Prize 

A documentary about the American Civil Rights Movement from 1952 to 1965.
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1990   1987  
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Julian Bond ...  Narrator 14 episodes, 1987-1990
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This is a documentary series about the glory years of the American Civil Rights Movement, starting in 1952 with the murder of Emmit Till and the subsequent trial and ending with the civil rights march to Selma in 1965. Along the way, the series touches on the major figures of the movement such as Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks and major incidents such as the Little Rock school riots and Montgomery, Alabama Transit Boycott. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The segment about the murder of Medger Evers states that Evers' killer has never been brought to justice. In 1989, a few years after this documentary was made, attorney Bobby DeLaughter reopened the murder case and brought Evers' killer Byron de la Beckwith (who had been tried twice resulting in a hung jury) to trial for the murder. Beckwith was convicted and sentence to life in prison. He died in prison of heart failure in 2001. (These events were dramatized in Ghosts of Mississippi (1996).) See more »

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Referenced in The Critic: Eyes on the Prize (1994) See more »

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Eyes On The Prize
13 May 2006 | by cbigbySee all my reviews

I've seen the original series several times and was taken along for an emotional and intellectual journey on "modern-day" beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement. There is no way I could conceive anyone but a strident racist could not be moved by the sheer simplicity of using the churches as the center to motivate and rally black people. Dr. King is shown as a young minister developing his oratory and the narration is intense. I would have to say that my favorite segment is the at first calm eulogy offered during the funeral following the death of a marcher that becomes angered at the seeming wantoness of murder. It was so impassioned it made me guilty for not being more involved in the Movement as a teen. Buy and watch the series. It will be among the best things you will ever do!


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21 January 1987 (USA) See more »

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Eyes on the Prize II See more »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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