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Prom Night in Mississippi (2009)

A high school in a small-town in Mississippi prepares for its first integrated senior prom.

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Paul Saltzman

Writer:

Paul Saltzman
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3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Highschool Seniors of Charleston Highschool Seniors of Charleston ... Seniors
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In 1997, Academy Award winning actor, Morgan Freeman, who lives in the Charleston, Mississippi community, offered to fund the first-ever integrated Senior Prom in the history of Charleston's one high school. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Morgan offered again... the East Tallahatchie County School Board accepted. In this town of 2,300 people, its high school of 415 black and white students has, to this day, always had separate proms: one black, one white prom. Our film follows the Charleston High senior class of 2008 preparing and attending their historic, first integrated prom, in the context of strong emotions, traditions, and conflict inherent in race relations in the community, and in the deep south. Some of the white parents maintained their whites-only prom. Written by Paul Saltzman

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baile de Formatura no Mississippi See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Student's Father: [commenting on his daughter's black boyfriend] She's never been on a date with him. That's my choice. It's not hers, because I have a little control still. I'm still the parent.
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Interesting subject but falls short of expectations
25 February 2011 | by libra67See all my reviews

Several months before I watched it I listened to Morgan Freeman do an interview about this film. That interview was fantastic and it sparked my interest in the film. Now that I've seen the film, I think I actually got more out of listening to the interview. Although there were some interesting moments, there wasn't enough drama throughout to make me really want to keep watching. While, I am glad the film was made for the sake of exposing the kind of racism that still exists in some areas, it's not a film I would recommend to everyone. It was well made but could have been more concise. It's probably best used as a classroom tool to generate discussion.


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