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Boycott (2001)

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

Director:

Clark Johnson

Writers:

Stewart Burns (book), Herman Daniel Farrell (teleplay) (as Herman Daniel Farrell III) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Wright ... Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Terrence Howard ... Ralph Abernathy
CCH Pounder ... Jo Ann Robinson
Carmen Ejogo ... Coretta Scott King
Reg E. Cathey ... E.D. Nixon
Brent Jennings ... Rufus Lewis
Iris Little Thomas Iris Little Thomas ... Rosa Parks (as Iris Little-Thomas)
Shawn Michael Howard ... Fred Gray
Erik Dellums ... Bayard Rustin (as Erik Todd Dellums)
Mike Hodge ... Daddy King
Whitman Mayo ... Reverend Banyon
Walter Franks Walter Franks ... Reverend Fields
Mert Hatfield Mert Hatfield ... Mayor Gayle
Tom Nowicki ... Commissioner Sellars
Danny Nelson Danny Nelson ... Commissioner Parks
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Black Americans boycott the public buses during the 1950s civil rights movement.

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Start walkin'. See more »

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Drama

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daybreak of Freedom See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Color
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Carmen Ejogo, who plays Coretta Scott King in Boycott, went on to reprise the role thirteen years later in Selma (2014). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Written and Performed by Montrel Darrett
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Fresh Twist on Familiar Subject Matter
14 March 2001 | by IboChildSee all my reviews

In the thirty-three years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death, his life has taken on an almost mythical status. The result is that people often forget that he was a real living and breathing man. He was a person who loved (and made love to) his wife. Dr. King was an intelligent man with the gift of oratory, but otherwise ordinary, who suddenly found himself thrust into an extraordinary situation. Commend HBO, director Clark Johnson, the screenwriters and the incredible cast for breathing life into the often told story of Dr. King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Previous films on Dr. King, paint him as an almost superhuman figure -- a saint even. With Boycott, the filmmakers have wisely brought him "down to earth' and reveal Dr. King as a noble, but clearly human being who has feelings and weaknesses. Remember Dr. King was only 26 years old with a young wife and child, when the Montgomery Bus Boycott began. Also significant is that the film explores Dr. King's relationship with his father at the time. All of these elements help to give the film a special power that will resonate with viewers. Jeffrey Wright gives a powerful performance in the lead role than rivals if not surpasses Denzel Washington's performance as Malcolm X. Wright is so riveting, that you actually forget that you are watching a performance. The film's documentary-style approach also gives the film an almost eerie sense of realism. There's also some more subtle touches that help to place the viewer into the period. Some of the most striking were the scenes showing how black passengers were required to pay their bus fare and how they were treated once they got on the bus. Boycott is not a mere "history lesson," but a moving portrait of a time and the role that a people played in improving their quality of life.


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