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Ruby Bridges 

When six-year-old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American to integrate her local elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the first time.


Euzhan Palcy
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope Ann Miller ... Barbara Henry
Kevin Pollak ... Dr. Robert Coles
Michael Beach ... Abon Bridges
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Jane Coles
Peter Francis James ... Dr. Broyard
Patrika Darbo ... Miss Spencer
Chaz Monet Chaz Monet ... Ruby Nell Bridges
Diana Scarwid ... Miss Woodmere
Lela Rochon ... Lucielle 'Lucy' Bridges
Toni Ann Johnson ... Alma Broyard
Michael Burgess ... Mr. Lewis
Al Butler Al Butler ... Deputy U.S. Marshal Al Buffer
Charlie Lucas Charlie Lucas ... Mr. Taylor
Kiara Tucker Kiara Tucker ... Alison
Christopher Monroe Stokes Christopher Monroe Stokes ... Carl (as Christopher Stokes)


In 1960, a six-year-old African-American girl named Ruby Bridges helped to integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans. Although she was the only black girl to come to the school she was sent to, and since all the white mothers pulled their children out of class, she was the only one there. Although she faced a crowd of angry white citizens every day, she emerged unscathed, physically or emotionally. Encouraged by her teacher, a white woman from the North named Barbara Henry, and her mother Lucille, and with her own quiet strength, she eventually broke down a century-old barrier forever, a pivotal moment in the civil-rights movement. Written by Tommy Peter

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Dr. Robert Coles: [after he refuses food from Lucille] Can you make me some dinner now?
Jane Coles: So you are hungry?
Dr. Robert Coles: Yes.
Jane Coles: Well, I had a home-cooked meal. Good night.
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Innocent little historic TV movie.
3 July 2015 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

I don't remember too much from this TV movie, as I've watched it once when it was first aired back in the '90s on ABC as part of the Wonderful World of Disney Sunday night movie specials. It tells the true story of Ruby Bridges, a six year-old African-American girl is integrated in an all-white schools in the New Orleans.

While the plot surrounds the tense race relations back in the 1960s, this movie focuses more on the courage of Ruby Bridges to face the odds and adversity and strive for the best to earn her education in the school and place in society. Despite how controversial and unpleasant race relations can get, the filmmakers made this movie one for the entire audience to watch. The overall movie may not be very exciting or suspenseful and the acting may be sub-par, but it is a serviceable movie to sit through with just the right plot momentum for a TV movie and is a sweet, innocent take on a chapter in American history.

Grade C+

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18 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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