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Our Friend, Martin (1999)

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This is the story of a black teenager named Miles, who has to go on a class field trip to the museum of learning what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did for humanity, he thinks that he'd ... See full summary »

Directors:

Robert Brousseau (as Rob Smiley), Vincenzo Trippetti

Writers:

Dawn Comer Jefferson (story) (as Dawn Comer), Chris Simmons (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Asner ... Mr. Harris (voice) (as Ed Asner)
Angela Bassett ... Miles' Mom (voice)
Lucas Black ... Randy (voice)
Theodore Borders ... Martin at Age 12 (voice)
LeVar Burton ... Martin at Age 26 (voice) (as Levar Burton)
Jessica Garcia Jessica Garcia ... Maria (voice)
Danny Glover ... Train Conductor (voice)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Mrs. Peck (voice)
Samuel L. Jackson ... Turner (voice)
James Earl Jones ... Daddy King (voice)
Ashley Judd ... Mrs. Dale (voice)
Richard Kind ... Mr. Willis (voice)
Dexter King Dexter King ... Martin at Age 34 (voice) (as Dexter Scott King)
Yolanda King Yolanda King ... Christine King (voice)
Zachary Leigh Zachary Leigh ... Kyle (voice)
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This is the story of a black teenager named Miles, who has to go on a class field trip to the museum of learning what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did for humanity, he thinks that he'd rather play baseball. But the trip turns into an exciting adventure when he and his best friend, Randy, who's white, are sent back in time meeting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at several points during his life. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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A Magical Movie Adventure Inspired by the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. See more »


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TV-G

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Friend, Martin See more »

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

John Travolta's voice acting debut. See more »

Goofs

When Randy picks up the baseball glove for the first time, a baseball is on the drawer he picks it up from. When they first go back in time, the baseball is gone. See more »

Quotes

Randy: [nearly being hit on his skateboard with Miles by Mr. Willis' bus-driving] Oh, man, even time travel is safer than this.
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer: Photographs displayed during Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' speech are not intended to state, represent or imply that the subjects are descendants of slaves or slave owners. See more »

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Written by Cheryl 'Salt' James and Joseph Powell
Published by Bed of Nails Music, Inc.(ASCAP)
Performed by Salt-N-Pepa Featuring Sheryl Crow
Courtesy of Red Ant
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Elementary School Video
11 July 2001 | by Hockey PuckSee all my reviews

I think that this video should be used to show elementary school students. The reason why I say that is because it teaches about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. by making a cartoon out of it (that way it would seem less brutal for youngsters when telling about the horrors that African Americans faced). Our Friend, Martin does show some actual scenes taken but it is mainly a cartoon video. I think this video was successful at talking about Martin Luther King Jr. and why he has made a huge difference today. For example, when Miles and Mr. King travel through time to the year 1998, and since Martin has been taken out of the past and into the future, he wasn't there to fight in the past (it erased everything that Martin did in the past). When Miles and Martin arrive in 1998 African Americans were going through the same turmoil as they did before Martin Luther King Jr. could fight for them. This is when you know that Martin Luther King Jr. had a great affect on the relationships of blacks and whites today. I like the movie because like I said it teaches, in a less brutal way, about the horrors faced by African Americans before Martin Luther King Jr. could fight for them. I rate this video ten out of ten and recommend it to everyone.


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