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The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005)

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Never-before-seen testimony is included in this documentary on Emmett Louis Till, who, in 1955, was brutally murdered after he whistled at a white woman.


Keith Beauchamp (as Keith A. Beauchamp)
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It is 1955. The body of 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago is discovered in a Money, MS river. Two men are acquitted for the murder. LOOK magazine interviews the residents of Money to get at the root of what happened.

Director: Rob Underhill
Stars: Mike Wiley
Till I

The story of Emmett Louis Till and the legacy of his mother who pursued justice for her lynched son.

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After J.W. Miliam and Roy Bryant were acquitted for murder, they soon confessed to a reporter to the kidnapping and killing of 14-year-old Emmett TIll.

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Till II

The moving/controversial story of Emmett Till's death, and how his mother, Mamie Till used her grief and the loss of her child to make an impact on a national scale.

Director: John Singleton
Stars: Taraji P. Henson


Cast overview, first billed only:
Mamie Till Mamie Till ... Herself (as Mamie Till Mobley)
Wheeler Parker Wheeler Parker ... Himself (as Rev. Wheeler Parker)
Simeon Wright Simeon Wright ... Himself
Ruthie Mae Crawford Ruthie Mae Crawford ... Herself
Al Sharpton ... Himself
Charles Evers Charles Evers ... Himself
Raymond Lockett Raymond Lockett ... Himself (as Dr. Raymond Lockett)
Roosevelt Crawford Roosevelt Crawford ... Himself
Mose Wright Mose Wright ... Himself (archive footage)
Roy Bryant Roy Bryant ... Himself (archive footage)
J.W. Milam J.W. Milam ... Himself (archive footage)
Willie Reed Willie Reed ... Himself
Mary Johnson Mary Johnson ... Herself
H. Clarence Strider H. Clarence Strider ... Himself (archive footage) (as Sheriff H. Clarence Strider)
George Smith George Smith ... Himself (as Sheriff George Smith)


Never-before-seen testimony is included in this documentary on Emmett Louis Till, who, in 1955, was brutally murdered after he whistled at a white woman.

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images

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Release Date:

17 August 2005 (USA) See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,165, 21 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$202,481, 19 February 2006
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Shocking Tale of Violence
8 May 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Strong documentary taking a look at the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy from Chicago who was in Mississippi with relatives when he was kidnapped and brutally murdered after whistling at a white woman. The documentary runs 70-minutes and features interviews with Till's mother, many of his friends and cousins who witnessed the kidnapping as well as a journalist who was covering the trial. This is the second documentary I've seen on the Till killing and it always catches me off guard when I see his mother as well as people who witnessed the crime. This type of event was just so shocking and unbelievable that it's really hard to imagine that this took place not so long ago and it's especially recent when you see so many people from its story are still with us. It's always sad when certain bits of history are forgotten by so many and while I'm far from a history expert I do think that certain stuff (Pearl Harbor, 9/11) are such important events that they need to be remembered. This is such a case because it's not only a matter of Civil Rights but it's also the horrifying fact that a 14-year-old could be beaten and tortured so badly and no one ever paid for it. The recounting of the events are still chilling no matter how many times you hear them and especially the stuff with the mother talking about opening the coffin box and seeing how mutilated her son's face and body was. Graphic photos are shown of the body so people should be warned as the images are just ghastly and it's hard to believe that something like that could happen. THE UNTOLD STORY OF EMMETT LOUIS TILL is a very good documentary taking a look at one of the ugliest crimes in American history. It's certainly worth watching.

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