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4 Little Girls (1997)

TV-14 | | Documentary, History | 9 July 1997 (USA)
A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

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Spike Lee
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxine McNair Maxine McNair ... Herself - Mother of Denise McNair
Chris McNair Chris McNair ... Himself - Father of Denise McNair
Helen Pegues Helen Pegues ... Herself - Denise's Aunt
Queen Nunn Queen Nunn ... Herself - Neighbor of Denise McNair
Arthur Hanes Jr. Arthur Hanes Jr. ... Himself - Defense Attorney for Bob Chambliss
Howell Raines ... Himself - New York Times Editor
Harold McNair Harold McNair ... Himself - Denise's Uncle
Carole C. Smitherman Carole C. Smitherman ... Herself - Denise's Childhood Friend (as Carole C. Smitherman Esq.)
Wamo Reed Robertson Wamo Reed Robertson ... Herself - Carole's Aunt
Dianne Braddock Dianne Braddock ... Herself - Carole's Sister
Carolyn Lee Brown Carolyn Lee Brown ... Herself - Carole's Childhood Friend
Alpha Robertson Alpha Robertson ... Herself - Mother of Carole Robertson
Wyatt Tee Walker Wyatt Tee Walker ... Himself - Former Executive Director of SCLC
Fred Lee Shuttlesworth Fred Lee Shuttlesworth ... Himself - Pres. of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights
Florence Terrell Florence Terrell ... Herself - School Teacher
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Storyline

This film recounts the people and events leading up to the one of the most despicable hate-crimes during the height of the civil-rights movement, the bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama. In that attack, four little African-American girls lost their lives and a nation was simultaneously revolted, angered and galvanized to push the fight for equality and justice on. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The story of four young girls who paid the price for a nation's ignorance. See more »


Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

4 маленькие девочки See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,528, 13 July 1997

Gross USA:

$130,146

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,146
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Spike Lee first became interested in making a film about the Birmingham bombing as a student at New York University in 1983. After reading a New York Times Magazine article about the incident, he was moved to write to Chris McNair, the father of Denise, one of the victims, asking for permission to tell her story on film. McNair turned down the young, aspiring filmmaker's offer. According to McNair, he changed his mind about supporting Lee's film idea due to learning about the depth and precision of Lee's research. See more »

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Wyatt Tee Walker: So we made the decision based on several things. Fred Shuttlesworth was fearless and courageous to the point of being almost insane; miraculously surviving a bombing of his home. Had taking his wife and two children trying to integrate a school with a mob of five or six hundred folks with chains and stuff like that; just an incredible human being in my view.
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4 Little Girls
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A different perspective on the Civil Rights Movement
23 June 2003 | by lesyleSee all my reviews

I watched this documentary yesterday afternoon. I remember learning about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing (its importance in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s) but I never saw how the effects on the people whose lives were permanently altered and not just from reaping the benefits like we do today. This documentary opened showed this viewpoint.

It brought tears to my eyes to listen and see the relatives of those four girls who were killed. Unless you have a blind eye, a deaf ear, and a hard-a** heart, it is impossible to not be moved when you see these girls' sisters and mothers describe that Sunday morning when Addie, Denise, Maxine, and Carole were killed. I could see the hurt in the mothers' eyes and hear pain in their voices when talking about their babies.

I highly recommend watching this documentary. Spike Lee did an outstanding job.


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