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Selma (2014)

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A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 58 wins & 88 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
... Coretta Scott King
... Gunnar Jahn
... Girl #1
Mikeria Howard ... Girl #2
... Girl #3
Ebony Billups ... Girl #4
... Girl #5 (as Nadej Bailey)
Elijah Oliver ... Boy #1
... Annie Lee Cooper
Clay Chappell ... Registrar
... President Lyndon B. Johnson
... Lee White
... President's Secretary
... Andrew Young
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The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's "Selma" tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. Written by Miss W J Mcdermott

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The gripping story of Martin Luther King Jr's historic struggle for equality. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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9 January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Selma: El poder de un sueño  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$633,173, 2 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,076,908

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,787,908
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The movie's title comes from the name of the city, Selma, in Alabama, which is the starting place of the historic voting rights march shown in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Martin Luther King leads the marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a cell phone tower is visible on the right side of the screen. See more »

Quotes

President Lyndon B. Johnson: But when you have people coming inside the White House, inside the White House, on a tour, they just sat down, Martin, sat down in the main corridor and started singing and shouting, well, I won't have it!
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Ole Man Trouble
Written & Performed by Otis Redding
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Good Acting but Unfortunately Inaccurate
1 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

David Oyelowo played a spectacular MLK. The drama was good and it kept me entertained...like The Expendables. The movie was strongly fictionalized, unfortunately tarnishing its historical accuracy. This would have been a great movie even if it had stuck to the historical record but for Hollywood reasons (sensationalism; promoting racial discord; etc) the writer actively "reimagined" LBJs relationship with MLK to promote the idea of MLK fighting on all fronts - even against the all-powerful President who stands in his way. In fact (with plenty of recorded phone conversations, and MLKs words to back it up) LBJ and MLK worked closely in tandem to orchestrate the Civil Rights Act in '64 and Voting Rights Act in '65. This is not even debated - it's known and well recorded and understood. The fact that the film presented the opposite of the truth in this regard - for box office sales no less - is unfortunate indeed. For those who turn to Hollywood for history lessons they will see an entertaining movie but learn very little.


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