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Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.

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Ken Burns
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Johnson Jack Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)
Keith David ... Narrator (voice)
Samuel L. Jackson ... Jack Johnson (voice)
Adam Arkin ... Other Voices (voice)
Philip Bosco ... Other Voices (voice)
Kevin Conway ... Other Voices (voice)
Brian Cox ... Other Voices (voice)
John Cullum ... Other Voices (voice)
Murphy Guyer Murphy Guyer ... Other Voices (voice)
Ed Harris ... Other Voices (voice)
Derek Jacobi ... Other Voices (voice)
Carl Lumbly ... Other Voices (voice)
Amy Madigan ... Other Voices (voice)
Carolyn McCormick ... Other Voices (voice)
Joe Morton ... Other Voices (voice)
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The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.

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They couldn't knock him out, so they tried to tear him down.


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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Er wollte kein Sklave sein See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Jack Johnson: If and suppose, two small words, but nobody has ever been able to explain them. One man falls out of bed and is killed, another falls from a fifty foot scaffold and lives. One man gets shot in the leg and is killed, another gets a bullet in the brain and lives. I always take a chance on my pleasures.
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High Society
Composed by Porter Steele and Luther Henderson
Arranged by Wynton Marsalis
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18 January 2005 | by thelockboxSee all my reviews

One of History's most amazing stories. One couldn't make this up because the facts of this man's life is unbelievable. Just amazingly pieced together documentary that flows seamlessly and doesn't have any dead wait despite length, although more boxing footage would be appreciated.

Jack Johnson's words narrated by Samuel Jackson is just truly amazing and moving, a self-educated (extremely) articulate son of a slave that just happens to box, and not get murdered by a white mob, despite spiting in the eye of societies standards and the status-quo. One of histories truly amazing characters. Not to mention, one of the best fighters of all-time, if not the best. Far ahead of his time in every instance, a much more articulate and socially important version of Terrell Owens of his day, or even Ali. This is a must see with a great subject, filmmakers, and a dream team of narrators, although more James Earl Jones would have been fantastic.


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