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Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 21 October 1963 (USA)
Governor George Wallace will not let two black students into an Alabama school, against the wishes of President Kennedy. Loud shouts come from both sides of the issue as JFK stands by his decisions.

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Robert Drew (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John F. Kennedy ... Himself - President of the United States
George Wallace ... Himself - Governor of Alabama
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself - Attorney General of the United States
Vivian Malone Vivian Malone ... Herself - a Negro Student
James Hood James Hood ... Himself - a Negro Student
Michael LeMoyne Kennedy Michael LeMoyne Kennedy ... Himself - Robert F. Kennedy's Son (as Michael)
Burke Marshall Burke Marshall ... Himself - Assistant Attorney General (as Burt Marshall)
Nicholas Katzenbach Nicholas Katzenbach ... Himself - Deputy Attorney General
John Dore John Dore ... Himself - Deputy Attorney General
Jack Greenberg Jack Greenberg ... Himself - N.A.A.C.P. Advisor
Creighton Williams Abrams Creighton Williams Abrams ... Himself - Confrontation Planner for Military (as General Abrams)
Kerry Kennedy Kerry Kennedy ... Herself - Robert F. Kennedy's Daughter
Peyton Norville Peyton Norville ... Himself - United States Marshal (as Marshal Norville)
Henry Graham ... Himself - Commander of Alabama National Guard (as General Graham)
Dave McGlathery Dave McGlathery ... Himself - a Negro Engineering Student
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Governor George Wallace will not let two black students into an Alabama school, against the wishes of President Kennedy. Loud shouts come from both sides of the issue as JFK stands by his decisions.

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Behind a Presidential Commitment. See more »

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Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crisis See more »

Filming Locations:

Alabama, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC News, Drew Associates See more »
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Mono
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Quotes

George Wallace - Governor of Alabama: We had peace, but we got troops. No telling what we'd get if we had a little disorder. Might get the United Nations down on top of us.
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Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe (circa 1856)
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1961)
Played as background music for the first Wahington, D.C. scene
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29 May 2013 | by ms-eeyore68See all my reviews

My grandfather told me he was involved in choreographing this momentous day in civil rights. He claims to have been one of a couple of men that served as go-betweens all night long the night before between George Wallace and Bobby Kennedy in Birmingham as they came to an agreement as to exactly how everything would play out. He was very believable as he told me about it and I know he was a close friend and worked for Wallace. If that is true it would mean the tension at that moment wasn't real but staged - at least to a degree. Watching the footage I do believe Wallace had no intention of continuing to block those poor young people.


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