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 »


Barry Alexander Brown (screenplay by), Bob Zellner (based upon the book 'The Wrong Side of Murder Creek' by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucas Till ... Bob Zellner
Jim Klock ... Younger
Michael Sirow ... Jay-Jay
Jake Abel ... Doc
Cian Genaro ... John Hill
Mike Manning ... Townsend Ellis
Lucy Hale ... Carol Ann
Cedric the Entertainer ... Reverend Abernathy
Sharonne Lanier ... Rosa Parks
Nicole Ansari-Cox ... Professor Kleiner
Bram Fuller Bram Fuller ... Willy B. Painter
Brendon Fuller Brendon Fuller ... Officer Fuller
Gina Cielo ... Church Singer
Joey Thurmond ... Coach Raines
Rodney Clark Rodney Clark ... Attorney General


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

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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 »


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Jesus Wept!

I'm not sure how a film about such an emotive topic can be so bad. It takes talent to make the degradation and violent deaths many in the CRM faced seem mundane, but it has been done here. Then there's the old tropes to contend with. Innocent white woman won't have sex before marriage, brown bird gets her cookie out without a second thought. Acting, bad! Script, worse! Direction, calamitous! Tropes, ALL OF THEM!

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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)

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2.35 : 1
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