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The Vernon Johns Story (1994)

Vernon Johns, a brilliant man coupled with an eloquent speaker, upsets his community through his radical ideas on social change and economic independence of blacks. From his pulpit, he ... See full summary »

Director:

Kenneth Fink

Writers:

Leslie Lee (story), Kevin Arkadie (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Earl Jones ... Vernon Johns
Mary Alice ... Altona
Joe Seneca ... Deacon Wilkes
Tommy Hollis Tommy Hollis ... Coach Hill
Nicolle Rochelle Nicolle Rochelle ... Baby Dee (as Nicole Leach)
Ashanti Nailah Blaize Ashanti Nailah Blaize ... Enid
Lashayla Logan ... Jeanne
Clifton James ... Judge Blake
Shelby Ware Shelby Ware ... Janet Whitcomb
Cissy Houston ... Rose
Moses Gibson Moses Gibson ... Deacon Henderson
Billie Allen Billie Allen ... Ida Rawlins
Michael Howell Michael Howell ... Reverend Abernathy
Justin Young Justin Young ... White Teenager
Garland Bunting Garland Bunting ... Counterman
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Vernon Johns, a brilliant man coupled with an eloquent speaker, upsets his community through his radical ideas on social change and economic independence of blacks. From his pulpit, he attacks the white power and denounces police brutality towards his brother race. His biggest enemy is nonetheless his own congregation who hesitates to mobilize behind him. Written by markyoloup

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

ON SCREEN: "Before the civil rights movement could begin, it would take the actions of a few brave souls to set that movement into motion. This is a story of one of them." See more »

Goofs

After one of his parishioners is raped, Rev. Johns has his daughter post his Sunday Sermon announcement on the church sign. The sign shows the name of the church, Sunday Service 11:00 AM, and "Dr. Vernon Johns, Pastor", and between the service time and Johns name is 'WHEN THE RAPIST IS WHITE', with single quote marks before and after. In the next scene, Johns is called to see a judge, who shows Johns a picture of the sign with the Sunday Sermon announcement, except the picture shows "WHEN THE RAPIST IS WHITE" with double quote marks before and after, and with the Sermon announcement above the service time, and instead of 'Dr. Vernon Johns, Pastor', it reads 'Rev. Dr. Vernon Johns' with 'Pastor' on a separate line below his name. See more »

Quotes

Vernon Johns: This boy lived a trifling and worthless life. He went around Montgomery daring someone to cut his throat. Saturday night somebody obliged him. He lived like a dog; he died like a dog. Undertaker, claim the body. Choir, sing.
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Crazy Credits

The Producers acknowledge the significant contribution of author, Taylor Branch, to the public awareness of the life of Reverend Vernon Johns. See more »

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Features The Dentist (1932) See more »

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a powerful man with a powerful message
12 July 2014 | by maycliff9See all my reviews

An outstanding performance by James Earl Jones playing the pastor Vernon johns, and he does not mince his words. Some parts make you laugh, cry, and angry, but ultimately it inspires. His words "If you see a good fight, get in it" really sum up the man who inspired history. The supporting cast are excellent with Nicole leach (who plays his daughter) just trying to fit in to a society which is happy to keep her as a 2nd class citizen. Many at the time felt to scared to rock the boat, apart from Johns who in his own words is a "boat rocker"! Althougth i watched this film for the first time about 15 years ago, it has stayed with me and i wished that more people could see it, even if it may teach a lesson about history and about the fact that behind great men there is often other great men without whom they would have never become..well, Great!


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