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Boycott (2001)

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Black Americans boycott the public buses during the 1950s civil rights movement.



(book), (teleplay) (as Herman Daniel Farrell III) | 1 more credit »
5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
... Ralph Abernathy
... Jo Ann Robinson
... Coretta Scott King
... E.D. Nixon
... Rufus Lewis
Iris Little Thomas ... Rosa Parks (as Iris Little-Thomas)
... Fred Gray
... Bayard Rustin (as Erik Todd Dellums)
... Daddy King
... Reverend Banyon
Walter Franks ... Reverend Fields
Mert Hatfield ... Mayor Gayle
... Commissioner Sellars
Danny Nelson ... Commissioner Parks


Black Americans boycott the public buses during the 1950s civil rights movement.

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"We want Coretta..." See more »



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Rated PG for thematic material and some language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

24 February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daybreak of Freedom  »

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Did You Know?


Carmen Ejogo and Jeffrey Wright, who play married couple Coretta Scott King and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in this film, met on the set of Boycott and were married in 2000. They had two children and divorced in 2014. See more »


At 1:23 into the film, the Bayard Rustin character leaves his hotel and is walking down the street where he passes an establishment titled Posley Electric Appliances TV, Stereo, Radio. This takes place in December 1955, about 3 years before stereo sets were released to the public. See more »


Blind Man
Written and Arranged by Carlos Pennell
Performed by Darwin T. Hobbs & Molly Johnson
Courtesy of EMI Gospel
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cinema as jazz-the bar for Black film has been elevated
19 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film is astonishingly good. I admit I am a Black film student but lovers of great cinema everywhere will exhilarated by "Boycott".

The story of the Montgomery bus Boycott and the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. have been both reclaimed and expanded in a cinematic tour-de-force.

You have never seen a King like Jeffrey Wright's. The first time you see him he is about to dance with his beautiful wife. From his sensuality to his preaching style, his walk to his style of dress I cannot remember a cinematic Martin Luther King that was so authentically African-American.

The film uses different film textures like jazz musicians play their instrument. Moving from black and white documentary footage to black and white digital video, 35mm color to color super eight, each film stock has a different quality used to contextualize the films dramatic impact.

For instance, early in the film an elderly Black man is shot waiting for the bus in glorious technicolor(common to the fifties). He directly addresses the camera discussing the fact that the boycott is on. The bus pulls up obscuring our view of him and when it pulls away it takes the color with it. The old man continues to stand at the bus stop-now in black and white.

The film makes superb use of this technique throughout.

It also pays attention to the oral tradition in the African-American community by depicting various preaching styles and the film is infused with great Black music utilized in ways that are as inventive as the use of film stock.

Don't take my word for it though. I will watch almost any film for fifteen minutes. See if you can stop after watching the first fifteen minutes of "Boycott".

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