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The Night James Brown Saved Boston (2008)

Unrated | | Documentary, Music | TV Movie 5 April 2008
The film documents that remarkable concert and the politics around it. Boston Mayor Kevin White and his colleagues almost by accident realized that by televising the James Brown concert ... See full summary »

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David Leaf

Writer:

Morgan Neville
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Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Ambrosino Michael Ambrosino ... Himself
Tom Atkins Tom Atkins ... Himself
Charles Bobbitt Charles Bobbitt ... Himself (as Charles Bobbit)
James Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Bobby Byrd Bobby Byrd ... Himself (archive footage)
James Byrd James Byrd ... Himself (as James 'Early' Byrd)
Mike Douglas ... Himself (archive footage)
Pee Wee Ellis Pee Wee Ellis ... Himself
Dick Flavin Dick Flavin ... Himself (as Richard Flavin)
David Gates David Gates ... Himself
Robert Hall Robert Hall ... Himself (as Dr. Robert Hall)
Dennis Haysbert ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Hubert H. Humphrey Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself (archive footage)
Ellen Jackson Ellen Jackson ... Herself
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The film documents that remarkable concert and the politics around it. Boston Mayor Kevin White and his colleagues almost by accident realized that by televising the James Brown concert they could keep people indoors that night prevent widespread rioting. The film is almost testimony to the power of music in general and the power of James Brown's music in particular. The film is a tribute to the Godfather of Soul and the role he would come to play in working for civil rights. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | Music

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USA

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English

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5 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az éjszaka, amikor James Brown megmentette Bostont See more »

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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David Leaf Productions See more »
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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Remembering a Unique Historical Moment
15 March 2008 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

The Night that James Brown Saved Boston had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. It is scheduled to appear on VH1 on April 5, the 40th anniversary of the event that it marks. There is probably been no more difficult year in modern American history than 1968. There may have been no worse moment than the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis on April 4, 1968. As cities around the country were burning, James Brown managed to prevent the chaos from tearing apart the racial divided city of Boston.

The film documents that remarkable concert and the politics around it. Boston Mayor Kevin White and his colleagues almost by accident realized that by televising the James Brown concert they could keep people indoors that night prevent widespread rioting. The film is almost testimony to the power of music in general and the power of James Brown's music in particular. The film is a tribute to the Godfather of Soul and the role he would come to play in working for civil rights.

This is a film that should be seen by students everywhere in an effort to understand one of the more dramatic moments in history of a great American city. James Brown may be gone, but his music and his contributions will live on forever.


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