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The Watsons Go to Birmingham ()


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The Watsons set out on a family road trip where their experiences give them a newfound courage to stand up for what is right and help them grow stronger as a family in the process.

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Kenny
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Byron
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Joetta
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Wilona
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Daniel
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Mr. Robert
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James Jr.
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Sarah
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Grandma Sands (as LaTanya Richardson)
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Naomi
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Larry Dunn (as Tyrin Niles Wyche)
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Mr. Williams
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James Bevel
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Mrs. Davidson
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Margaret (as Lori Beth Edgeman)
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Mrs. Glenn
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Bonnie the Waitress
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Movie Ticket Salesperson
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Rev. Shuttlesworth
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Weatherman
Jermaine Holt ...
Wool Pooh
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Reporter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryelin Abbott ...
Jack
De'Marco Arrington ...
School Bus Kid Flint Michigan
Wadette Bradford ...
Congregation Member
Scott Burns ...
Chef Assistant (creditOnly)
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Bomb Victim
John Edward Doyle Jr. ...
DJ Pauly Carter
Cedric Hatcher ...
Church Leader 2
Gregory Hepburn ...
Child #3 (as Todd)
Gregory Hunter ...
63' Ohio Traveler
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Driver
Meg Jay ...
Katie the Waitress (as Meg Jones)
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Ellen Waitress (as Elizabeth Keener)
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Teacher (Flint, Michigan)
Tatiana McSwain ...
Injured girl
Drew Orey ...
Church Member
A'Nya Schofield ...
Girl in the Blue Dress
Eli Shannon ...
Congregation Member
Tony D Sims ...
Church Goers
Kathy Walton ...
Birmingham resident (as Kathy Walton Pulley)
Wenzell Washington ...
Church Member / Man on Church Steps
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Buphead
Rosalind Woods ...
Mother
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Catholic Priest (uncredited)
Jason Nicholson ...
Diner Patron (uncredited)
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Birmingham Church Elder (uncredited)

Directed by

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Kenny Leon ... (attached)

Written by

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Caliope Brattlestreet ... (screenplay)
 
Christopher Paul Curtis ... (novel)
 
Stephen Glantz ... (screenplay)
 
Tonya Lewis Lee ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Jim Bechtold ... producer
Micheal Flaherty ... production executive
Louis J. Grieci ... executive producer
Jimmy Holcomb ... co-producer
Philip K. Kleinbart ... producer
Tonya Lewis Lee ... executive producer
Janet M. Morrison ... executive producer
Nikki Silver ... executive producer
Aaron Tucker ... executive producer
Brian Wells ... producer

Music by

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Mervyn Warren

Cinematography by

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James Chressanthis

Film Editing by

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Margaret Goodspeed

Editorial Department

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Monique Eissing ... conform editor
Michael Goldberg ... assistant editor
Helen Hand ... first assistant editor
Nicholas Lareau ... outpost engineer
Stephen Lovett ... outpost supervisor
Ryan McKeague ... digital intermediate assist
Keenan Mock ... digital intermediate assistant

Production Design by

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David Chapman

Costume Design by

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Johnetta Boone

Makeup Department

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Lay'Na Anderson ... key makeup artist
Mia Daaja ... hair stylist (as Mia Collie)
Deaundra Harris-Metzger ... key hair stylist
Quintessence Patterson ... makeup artist
Tiffony Simpson ... hair stylist
Keitric Starks ... makeup department head

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Robert Ballentine ... first assistant director
Shanalyna C. Palmer ... second assistant director
Jen Willis ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Hank Curtis ... set dresser
Jason Davis ... property master
Mike Ellison ... leadman
Amy Giedraitis ... assistant property master
Nick Gjoka ... set dresser
Elliot Holmes ... set dresser
Colleen Kelly ... key art production assistant
Julie Knapp ... Art Department Coordinator
Brian McKissick ... storyboard artist
Tam O'Brien ... set dresser
Jossakeed Profit ... carpenter
Robbie Sammons ... set dresser
Marlow Sanchez ... construction coordinator
Amanda Ward ... prop assistant
David Mathew Weeks ... on set dresser (as David Weeks) / on-set dresser (as David Weeks)

Sound Department

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Ashu Boni ... sound editor
Aaron 'Cujo' Cooley ... boom operator
Erick Jolley ... a.d.r. editor / dialogue editor / re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Eric M. Klein ... post sound supervisor
Peter Mullen ... sound designer / sound effects editor
Martin Quiñones ... adr recordist / adr supervisor
Mike Schmidt ... production sound mixer
Avis Stanley ... foley artist
Ryan Villarreal ... foley editor / foley recordist / sound effects editor

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Scanlan Backus ... special effects technician
Luke Bareis ... special effects technician
Michael Aj Dzenowagis ... special effects foreman (as Michael Dzenowagis)
David Fletcher ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Keith Adams ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Tye Claybrook Jr. ... stunt double: Harrison Knight
Jermaine Holt ... stunt performer
Nicolas Jamal Howard ... stunt double: Bryce Clyde Jenkins
David Paul Lord ... water safety
Anderson Martin ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert E. Arnold ... camera operator: "b" camera
Victor Bland ... best boy electric
Warren Brace ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Annette Brown ... still photographer
Jonathan Sosa Browner ... b dolly grip
Juan R. Campbell ... base camp electrician / lighting technician (as Juan Campbell)
George M. Chappell ... chief lighting technician
Quantrell D. Colbert ... still photographer
Marcis Cole ... camera operator
Ben Gaskin ... gaffer
Emil Hampton ... first assistant camera: 'a' camera
Vince Harrison ... rigging grip
Tyson Horne ... digital utility
Yuri Karjane ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Oren Malik ... loader/digital downloader
Jarrett Morgan ... b cam dolly grip / best boy grip
Nubia Rahim ... camera intern
Melvin Roberts ... electrician
Kevin M. Rowe ... company grip
Bubba Sheffield ... key grip
Brian Sweeney ... generator operator
Jeffery A. Taylor ... grip
Jake Ures ... grip
Doug Van Arsdale ... grip
Dennis Winkler ... set lighting technician

Casting Department

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Janella Bersabal ... extras casting
Rachel Minow ... casting assistant
Kris Redding ... casting associate
D.A. Sims ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sara Cobbeldick ... costumer
Jennifer Leigh-Scott ... assistant costume designer
Kevin Mayes ... head tailor
Sara C. Olson ... costume supervisor (as Sara C Olson)
Parker Scott ... set costumer (as Krystn Leigh)
Johnna Thomas ... key costumer

Location Management

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Johnny Chen ... location assistant
Ryan Dirkes ... assistant location manager
Stephen Dirkes ... location manager
Cryselle Stewart ... location coordinator
Dodd Vickers ... key assistant location manager

Music Department

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Joanie Diener ... music editor
Lindsay Fellows ... music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

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Mari Wilson ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Lord Aimer ... driver
Brandon Alford ... transportation co-captain
Marc Anton ... driver
Leslie Boston ... driver
Dale Combs ... local transportation captain
Terry 'KJ' Day ... stakebed cast trailer
Bryan Guevara ... driver
John Ober ... driver
John Proctor ... transportation captain
Harold L. Woods ... transportation coordinator
James Brown ... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Mackenzie 'Micki' Wheeler ... production assistant
Angel Cook ... set production assistant
Christopher Flippo ... production assistant
Mandy Friedrich ... studio teacher
Larry Gilbert ... police security
Ryan Gomez ... production accountant
Luke Homeres ... physical production executive: Walden Media
Clarence Jackson ... driving unit director
Lanaria Johnson ... additional set production assistant
Colette S. Knight ... production coordinator
Jeremy Ladson ... assistant to executive producers
Kensey LaReau ... production assistant
Paul Lowe ... water safety
Laurent Marchand ... caterer
Chloe D. Mexile ... assistant production coordinator
John J. Palomino ... stand in for mr. williams / stand-in for mrs. glenn
Shamere Parks ... production assistant
Vonda Payne ... payroll accountant
Alan Robbins ... set medic
Melanie Rosenthal ... production secretary
Michael C. Smith ... security consultant
Dion Watkins ... production assistant
Justin White ... first assistant accountant
Raven Whitney ... assistant accountant
Rodney Wilkins ... general office assistant
Eric Williams ... set production assistant
Shannon Williams ... set medic
Mylan Stepanovich ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)

Thanks

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Greg Bunk ... special acknowledgement
Mac McQuiston ... special acknowledgement
Sidney Poitier ... special acknowledgement

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In the summer of 1963, Flint, Michigan is home to the Watsons, a close-knit "All-American Family" made up of Daniel and Wilona Watson (Harris and Rose) and their three kids, 15-year-old juvenile delinquent Byron (Knight), nerdy 11-year-old Kenny (Jenkins), and adorable 8-year-old Joetta (Jackson). When Byron's antics go over-the-top, his parents realize enough is enough and they decide the family needs a dose of Grandma Sands' (Richardson) no-nonsense approach in Birmingham, Alabama. So the Watsons load up their 1948 Plymouth Brown Bomber outfitted with a true-tone Ultra-Glide turntable and head South with plenty of comedy en route. When they finally get to Birmingham, they meet Grandma Sands and her friend Mr. Robert (Grier), who show them around town, and discover that life is very different there than in Flint--and not necessarily for the better. During that historic summer, the Watsons find themselves caught up in something far bigger than Byron's antics--something that will change their lives and country forever. Written by Hallmark Channel

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  • 87 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Movie is based on a book See more »
Goofs The mother was giving the planned trip details. She said that they would reach Tennessee by sunrise. Six hours later they would reach Cincinnati. They should reach Cincinnati before reaching Tennessee when traveling from Flint, Michigan. See more »
Soundtracks 1960 WHAT See more »
Crazy Credits Nerdy 12 year old Andrew Hikens See more »

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