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Son of the South (2020)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 5 February 2021 (USA)
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In this poignant true story set in Montgomery, Alabama, a Klansman's grandson must choose which side of history to be on during the Civil Rights Movement. Defying his family and white ... See full summary »


Constance Curry (based upon the book "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek" by), Barry Alexander Brown (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Lucy Hale ... Carol Anne
Ludi Lin ... Derek Ang
Sienna Guillory ... Jessica Mitford
Julia Ormond ... Virginia Durr
Lucas Till ... Bob Zellner
Brian Dennehy ... Grandfather
Jake Abel ... Doc
Cedric the Entertainer ... Reverend Ralph Abernathy
Lex Scott Davis ... Joanne
Shamier Anderson ... Reggie
Mike Manning ... Townsend Ellis
Dexter Darden ... John Lewis
Nicole Ansari-Cox ... PRofessor Kleiner
Jim Klock ... Younger
Michael Aaron Milligan ... Jack Young


In this poignant true story set in Montgomery, Alabama, a Klansman's grandson must choose which side of history to be on during the Civil Rights Movement. Defying his family and white Southern norms, he fought against social injustice, repression and violence to change the world around him. SON OF THE SOUTH is from executive producer Spike Lee and based on Bob Zellner's autobiography, "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek." Written by Vertical Entertainment

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for strong racial slurs and violence throughout, and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Chaka Forman plays his own father, James Forman Sr., in this movie. James Forman Sr. was a prominent African American leader in the American Civil Rights movement during the 1960s. As executive secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for much of the 1960s, he played an essential role in many of the seminal events of the Civil Rights movement, including the freedom rides, the Birmingham movement, and the Selma-to-Montgomery marches. Chaka Forman's mother, Constancia "Dinky" Romilly, a white woman, was a daughter of Jessica Mitford (one of the aristocratic Mitford Sisters, several of whom became famous--or infamous--in their native England for their divergent political loyalties). Unlike her sisters Diana and Unity (who declared their loyalty to Nazism) Jessica was a devoted leftist who at one time was a Communist Party member. She was also close friends with Virginia and Clifford Durr (portrayed in this movie by Julia Ormond and Greg Thornton) and was in fact living with the Durrs when she gave birth to Constancia; Virginia Durr's autobiography, "Outside the Magic Circle: The Autobiography of Virginia Foster Durr," contains a photograph of Chaka Forman's mother, Constancia, as a baby sitting on the lap of her mother, Jessica. See more »


Picket Fence
Written by Herman Beeftink
Orchestrated by Rama Kumaran
Publishing Weaseldog Music(BMI)/Transmogrifier Music(BMI)
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Missed opportunity, more like a cliche cartoon
8 February 2021 | by Tcarts76See all my reviews

This one has some in the ing decent cast that should have made this a much better story. Instead what we got is more like a cliche cartoon. All of the characters are so plastic it is ridiculous. If they wanted to make a poinant story it needs mch better performances, some grit, and can't be a 1960's cliche production. That completely blew anything dexent I was hoping to see. I was disappointed.

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Release Date:

5 February 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of the South See more »

Filming Locations:

Montgomery, Alabama, USA See more »

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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