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Freedom Riders (2010)

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The story of the Civil Rights Movement interstate busing protest campaign.


Stanley Nelson


Stanley Nelson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Arsenault Raymond Arsenault ... Himself, author of 'Freedom Riders'
Genevieve Houghton Genevieve Houghton ... Herself, Freedom Rider
Gordon Carey Gordon Carey ... Himself, core staff
Derek Catsam Derek Catsam ... Himself, historian
John Lewis ... Himself, Freedom Rider
Diane Nash Diane Nash ... Herself, student, Fisk University
Charles Person Charles Person ... Himself, Freedom Rider
Sangernetta Gilbert Bush Sangernetta Gilbert Bush ... Herself, Montgomery resident
John Seigenthaler ... Himself, Nashville resident
Evan Thomas Evan Thomas ... Himself, Robert F. Kennedy biographer
John Patterson John Patterson ... Himself, Governor of Alabama 1959-1963
Clayborne Carson ... Himself, historian
James M. Lawson Jr. James M. Lawson Jr. ... Himself, Nashville Christian Leadership Council
Jerry Ivor Moore Jerry Ivor Moore ... Himself, Freedom Rider
Hank Thomas Hank Thomas ... Himself, Freedom Rider


This is the story of more than four hundred Americans who participated in a bold and dangerous experiment designed to awaken the conscience of a complacent nation. These self-proclaimed, 'Freedom Riders' challenged the mores of a racially segregated society by performing a disarmingly simple act. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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American Experience Films See more »
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Did You Know?


Some footage used about 40 minutes into the movie show Alabama State Trooper/Highway Patrol cars that clearly post-date the Spring/Summer 1961 Freedom Riders movement. One of the cars is a 1962 Plymouth and the other is a 1963 Chevrolet. The scene is used in context of the Freedom Riders arriving in Montgomery but apparently came from a later, unrelated incident. See more »


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