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Children of the Struggle (1999)

In 1964's Freedom Summer, a white housewife from Chicago was killed fighting for Civil Rights, leaving behind a young son. This is the story of his journey, as a man, to find out who his mother was and why she died.

Director:

John Benitz

Writer:

John Benitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Wimmer ... John Glass
Dick Gregory ... Vernon Lee
Andrea Marcellus Andrea Marcellus ... Maggie Glass
Kevin Williams Kevin Williams ... Young Vernon Lee
Cal Bartlett ... Ed Glass
Thomas Kee ... Young Ed Glass
Sarah Stavrou Sarah Stavrou ... Museum Curator
Gilbert Glenn Brown ... David Lee (as Gilbert Brown)
Jake White Jake White ... Diner Patron
Sean Tucker Sean Tucker ... John Glass as a child
Brian Stepanek ... Deputy Assailant
Jody Jones Jody Jones ... Billy Watkins
Cuba Gooding ... Southern Gentleman
Bill Chott ... Cafe Manager
John Benitz ... Rental Car Guy
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In 1964's Freedom Summer, a white housewife from Chicago was killed fighting for Civil Rights, leaving behind a young son. This is the story of his journey, as a man, to find out who his mother was and why she died.

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When you toss a pebble in the water. . .its ripple goes on forever.

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Drama | History

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Official Sites:

Peachtree Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Peachtree Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color
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Trivia

The words young Vernon Lee speaks to Maggie Glass just before they enter the Half-Moon Café were inspired by a passage from the autobiography of Dick Gregory, who plays the older Vernon Lee. See more »

Quotes

John Glass: Friendship and love. Hatred. Courage. Fear. Honesty and truth. Forgiveness. You make a million choices in life. Each one causes a ripple.
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Soundtracks

WAITING FOR MY KINGDOM TO COME
Written by Joseph Bructo and Dennis Casey
Sung by Karina Nuvo
Piano by Kenny O'Brien
Produced by Alan Marino
Produced In Conjunction with Filmmaker's Resource
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Excellent Family Movie
6 April 2004 | by gcoleySee all my reviews

This is a wonderful family movie which looks back at the 1960's civil rights struggle. Brian Wimmer is excellent as the son searching for a connection to his mother who lost her life (as a white woman) in the struggle. He also learns about the struggle itself, and how it affected so many lives, including the innocent, the involved, and the non-connected. He also learns about himself in his journey to find out why his mother was involved, why she put this effort ahead of her family even though it cost her life. This is worth watching by all Americans, especially the generation born after that decade. It is important to understand how far we have come as a nation, and yet how far we still need to go for the civil rights of all Americans.


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