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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

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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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Birmingham, 1963. A single explosion rocked a community and awakened a sleeping nation. See more »


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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$130,146, 28 September 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Spike Lee and his wife stayed at Birmingham's Tutwiler hotel while filming the documentary. It was once a nursing home for retired teachers, and is located 5 blocks from 16th Street Baptist Church. See more »

Quotes

Howell Raines: A day in 1957, in the afternoon, the evening newscast, there's a piece of film of a gang of white men beating Fred Shuttlesworth, in the street outside of Phillips high school where he'd taken his children. With chains they beat him to the ground. And the reason it was riveting for me, I was fourteen years old, was that the police said they couldn't find the men who did it. And I recognized one of the men. I knew who he was. I'd seen him at Jack Cash's barbecue and I knew the police hung out at...
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Referenced in Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #7.6 (2000) See more »

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Birmingham Sunday
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Heartbreaking
24 February 2006 | by Barbara SmithSee all my reviews

Spike Lee did an excellent job with this documentary. I too, was extremely shocked that it did not win the Oscar the year it was nominated. One of the victims was my cousin, my fathers favorite niece at that. Growing up and learning about this tragedy first hand was very enlightening and yet tragic all at the same time. This film definitely captures the pain and suffering of my family and of the entire black community that lived through such racially biased times in Birmingham, Alabama. I think that this film should be seen by all, and not just during Black History month. In my opinion, there is no justification for the actions of those involved and it took some time and patience but they too had to pay for their crimes.


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