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Betty and Coretta (2013)

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The widows of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and how they carry on as single mothers after the assassination of their husbands.

Director:

Yves Simoneau

Writers:

Shem Bitterman (teleplay by), Ron Hutchinson (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Angela Bassett ... Coretta Scott King
Gloria Reuben ... Myrlie Evers
Malik Yoba ... Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mary J. Blige ... Dr. Betty Shabazz
Ruby Dee ... Narrator
Tyler Hynes ... Mike Fitzpatrick
Ayisha Issa ... Student with Question
Benz Antoine ... Ralph Abernathy
Shinelle Azoroh ... QB
Cherise Boothe ... Toni Wallace
Richard Jutras ... Reporter
Peter Miller Peter Miller ... Actor
Tristan D. Lalla ... Jesse
Lindsay Owen Pierre ... Malcolm X
Nicki Whitely ... Attalah
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The widows of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and how they carry on as single mothers after the assassination of their husbands.

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Together they kept the dream alive.

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Biography | Drama

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TV-14
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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deux femmes d'exception See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Sanitsky Company See more »
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According to a Washing Post article, Ilyasah Shabazz stated that although she applauds Lifetime's efforts for recognizing an important era, she strongly emphasizes the film is "fiction." She says "My mother was not a weak, timid, insecure woman as portrayed," Shabazz said. "She was regal, compassionate, strong, loving, beautiful, resilient and well-educated. That is why the Delta Sigma Theta sororities named academies all across this country after her, so others could be inspired how to turn tragedy into triumph. If only Lifetime had consulted us, the sisters, maybe this would be more than fiction. I am not pointing my finger solely at them, but it must be our responsibility to ensure history is properly documented," Shabazz said. See more »

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Less of a preachy Civil Rights movie and more about the personal relationship between the two. I recommend this. I say B+
6 June 2013 | by Tony HeckSee all my reviews

"They killed our husbands Betty but they didn't kill their ideas. They are still alive. What's important now is for us to carry them forward." After the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. their wives are left to carry on their ideas and dreams. After a meeting at a convention Betty (Blige) and Coretta (Bassett) forge a life long friendship as well as becoming a force in the Civil Rights era. The subject matter for this made me want to watch it but the fact that it is a Lifetime movie made me a little hesitant. I have to admit that this is, to me, the best Lifetime movie I have ever seen. The writing is good and the acting is better. The movie kept me interested and watching the entire time and I even forgot it was a TV movie at times. The movie is less a Civil Rights in your face preachy movie and more about the personal relationship between the two and that actually added to the enjoyment. I have never said this about a Lifetime movie before but I recommend this. Overall, best Lifetime movie ever made. I give it a B+.


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