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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Himself - President of the United States
George Wallace ... Himself - Governor of Alabama
... Himself - Attorney General of the United States
Vivian Malone ... Herself - a Negro Student
James Hood ... Himself - a Negro Student
Michael LeMoyne Kennedy ... Himself - Robert F. Kennedy's Son (as Michael)
Burke Marshall ... Himself - Assistant Attorney General (as Burt Marshall)
Nicholas Katzenbach ... Himself - Deputy Attorney General
John Dore ... Himself - Deputy Attorney General
Jack Greenberg ... Himself - N.A.A.C.P. Advisor
Creighton Williams Abrams ... Himself - Confrontation Planner for Military (as General Abrams)
Kerry Kennedy ... Herself - Robert F. Kennedy's Daughter
Peyton Norville ... Himself - United States Marshal (as Marshal Norville)
Henry Graham ... Himself - Commander of Alabama National Guard (as General Graham)
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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Robert F. Kennedy - Attorney General of the United States: I'm not very much in favor of picking the governor up and moving him out of the way. I think it'd be much better if we develop some system if we had enough people to just push him aside.
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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played as background music for the first Alabama scene
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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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