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Miss Evers' Boys (1997)

The true story of the U.S. Government's 1932 Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, in which a group of black test subjects were allowed to die, despite a cure having been developed.

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writers:

David Feldshuh (play), Walter Bernstein (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfre Woodard ... Eunice Evers, R.N.
Laurence Fishburne ... Caleb Humphries
Craig Sheffer ... Dr. Douglas
Joe Morton ... Dr. Sam Brodus
Obba Babatundé ... Willie Johnson
Von Coulter Von Coulter ... Hodman Bryan
Thom Gossom Jr. ... Ben Washington
Ossie Davis ... Mr. Evers
E.G. Marshall ... The Senate Chairman
Robert Benedetti Robert Benedetti ... Senator
Peter Stelzer ... Senator
Donzaleigh Abernathy ... Nurse Betty
Tommy Cresswell ... Dr. Larkin
Judson Vaughn ... Dr. Davis
Larry Black Larry Black ... Dr. Hamilton
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Storyline

In 1932 Macon County, Alabama, the federal government launched into a medical study called The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Blacks with Syphilis. The study selected 412 men infected with the disease and faked long term treatment, while really only giving them placebos and liniments. The premise of the action was to determine if blacks reacted similar to whites to the overall effects of the disease. The experiment was only discontinued 40 years later when a Senate investigation was initiated. At that time, only 127 of the original study group were left alive. The story is told from the point of view of Nurse Eunice Evers, who was well aware of the lack of treatment being offered, but felt her role was to console the involved men, many of whom were her direct friends. In fact, the movie's name comes from the fact that a performing dancer and three musicians named their act for her - "Miss Evers' Boys". All had the disease. A romance with one goes unrequited even after he joins the Army ... Written by John Sacksteder

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A government lie. A woman's secret. A story that must be told. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for theme and related elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Evers' Boys See more »

Filming Locations:

Porterdale, Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Dr. Douglas: There's too much disease for the budget.
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Alternate Versions

Final title cards at the end of the film differ in at least 2 versions. Version #1 No one connected with the study was ever charged or disciplined. The debate over human experimentation in America continues today. In Version #2 on HBO NOW differs slightly: No one connected with the study was ever charged or disciplined. On May 16, 1997, President Clinton offered the Tuskegee survivors the government's first formal apology: "We can finally say on behalf of the American people, what the United States did was shameful, and I am sorry." See more »

Connections

Featured in The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Show Me Lord
Music and Lyrics by Charles Bernstein
Vocals by Carmen Twillie
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The Legacy of Miss Evers Boys
16 July 2010 | by czarsunSee all my reviews

Most viewers agree that the betrayal of Nurse Evers and Dr.Brodus was heinous. Regardless of whatever medical oath is taken, God's Commandments come first. And that goes for the military also. What makes Nurse Ever's and Dr.Brodus's actions more fiendish is the fact of allowing these men to live normal lives while participating in this study. Normal as being, continuing to have sexual relations with their unknowing wives, as well as other women in their community. Giving birth to children from those sexual relations in which those children entered the world infected over a 40 year period. They speak of numbers (412), but in fact , it really numbered into the thousands considering that several generations of men, woman, and children were infected through this study. In my eyes, that amounts to genocide which was sanctioned by the CDC.


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