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Deacons for Defense (2003)

The words "Black Power" bring back memories of names like Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and Eldridge Cleaver, but in Bogalusa, LA a group of harassed Afro-Americans had decided they'd ... See full summary »


Bill Duke


Michael D'Antonio (story), Richard Wesley (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Marcus Clay
Chris Britton ... William Chase
Jonathan Silverman ... Michael Deane
Ossie Davis ... Reverend 'Rev' Gregory
Gene Mack Gene Mack ... T.J.
Tyrone Benskin ... Archie
Paul Benjamin ... Otis
Mpho Koaho ... Baily
Melanie Nicholls-King ... Rose Clay
Serena Lee Serena Lee ... Lucille Clay
Khafre Armatrading Khafre Armatrading ... Brooks Clay
Adam Weiner ... Charles Hillibrand
Beau Starr ... Neely
Paulino Nunes ... Lawson
Aaron Walpole Aaron Walpole ... Jimmy


The words "Black Power" bring back memories of names like Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and Eldridge Cleaver, but in Bogalusa, LA a group of harassed Afro-Americans had decided they'd had enough and took up arms to defend themselves and force the white power structure to listen to them. This took place during "Freedom Summer", 1964, right after the Civil Rights Act had become law. Fact based movie stars Forest Whitaker and Ossie Davis, the former as the founder of the Deacons of Defense and Justice (DDJ) and the latter as a peaceful minister trying to prevent the unavoidable violence that will follow. The story revolves around the white-controlled factory which provides 70% of the town's income and employees 40% of its people. Segregation is still clinging on within the factory, with blacks denied the supervisory positions and forced into separate lunchrooms, bathrooms, and drinking fountains. The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) has its strongest power in this area and, as the DDJ gets armed ... Written by AzRanger <Ranger273@azrangers.org>

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The only way to fight the Klan was to build their own army.



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Rated R for some violent images and language | See all certifications »

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Michael Deane: I don't want you to be ashamed of a damn thing. Truth is, only reason anyone listens to us at all is 'cause they're too afraid to deal with you.
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Featured in 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) See more »

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The way Blacks should have ALWAYS been
13 October 2007 | by Cky4LifeSee all my reviews

Before I saw this picture,I had always thought blacks in general always allowed the white man to terrorize their homes,people,and neighborhoods. I even became ashamed over time of being of black descent. Reason being,I felt and thought that blacks were to frightened to even stand up for themselves the way strong,brave,and courageous people do. I even developed a disdain for the black man which in turn made me a serious threat towards any white with violent intentions towards blacks. I was a ticking time bomb for awhile.Then a friend approached me about a film he thought I would like. And I sure did. It reassured me that some,if not most blacks did in fact have the courage to stand up and defend themselves and their families. Truly a very informative film. I am not a racist,nor do I hate anyone because of skin color. But I now know I am not alone in my mindset of defend myself and loved ones at ALL costs.


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Release Date:

16 February 2003 (USA) See more »

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A védelem diakónusai See more »

Filming Locations:

Brampton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (2.0)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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