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Ruby Bridges 

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... See full summary »

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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)
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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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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Minister: I'm just trying to take my daughter to school!
Crowd: Traitor! Traitor!
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Worthwhile depiction of the person, time, and events
7 January 2003 | by jt39evSee all my reviews

Not great cinematic art, granted, but the sweet spirit and sharp intellect of the real person Ruby Bridges comes across and the era is by and large accurately portrayed. For Disney, this is excellent. Michael Beach is quite good, as is Diana Scarwid, and Chaz Monet is wonderful in the title role. Robert Coles, M.D., played by Kevin Pollak, has written many books about children in crisis. I lived in this era. The marshals were dignified, the "cheerleaders" appalling, that little girl one of the greatest heroines who ever lived. It's worth watching.


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