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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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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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Selma: El poder de un sueño  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$633,173, 2 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Martin Sheen is mistakenly not listed in the credits. See more »


At the beginning of the first march, the marchers pass an auto parts store that has a sign outside advertising "Shocks Struts (etc)". In 1965 very few cars used struts and of the ones that did, chances are very slim that they would have been available in Selma. See more »


Andrew Young: Hey, what you need guns for?
Angry Marcher: The Bible says an eye for an eye, reverend.
Andrew Young: Yeah?
Angry Marcher: I'm sick of this shit!
Andrew Young: How many guns you think they got down there? That's an entire army down there. What you got? A couple of .32s? A .38? Maybe a couple of old scatterguns? What?
Angry Marcher: I got enough to kill a couple of them crackers, that's what I got!
Andrew Young: And how many of us you think they gonna kill in retaliation? With their 12-gauge pump-actions, their Colt automatics, their Remingtons, their helicopters, their tanks! We ...
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Apart from the production companies involved, there are no opening credits. See more »


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Precious Lord Take My Hand
Written by Reverend Thomas A. Dorsey
Performed by Ledisi Young (as Ledisi)
Ledisi Young appears courtesy of The Verve Music Group
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A momentous story made into a nearly perfect film
27 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Selma" is 90% of a great film. It tells the true story of a three month period in 1965 when Martin Luther King, Jr. led his famous march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to secure equal voting rights against violent opposition. The period is skillfully recreated, generally knowing exactly what to center the drama on, wisely much more than on King himself but on the entire community and how so many came together to alter history.

In spite of the film's impact (especially in the violent scenes between the police and the protesters) and some great performances, the script by Paul Webb inserts a fictitious clash between King and President Lyndon Johnson in order to add a conflict to the film. This has drawn much criticism but, more than doing a disservice to LBJ (who reportedly did not impede putting forward the voting rights bill), it also reveals that Webb and director DuVernay did not feel there was enough dramatic conflict inherent in the story without it. One can legitimately argue either way, but in my opinion it would have been better to further emphasize the interaction of all the participants more without 'hyping' the LBJ conflict. Even if the film had been less 'dramatic' in a classical sense it would have been more accurate as well as effective. Still, this film is a must-see and a significant document of a crucial time in the history of America.

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