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Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, filmmakers examine that tumultuous period through rarely seen archival footage.

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Daniel Lindsay (as Dan Lindsay), T.J. Martin (as TJ Martin)
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Henry Alfaro Henry Alfaro ... Himself - KABC Reporter (archive footage)
Danny Bakewell Danny Bakewell ... Himself - Civl Rights Activist (archive footage)
John D. Barnett John D. Barnett ... Himself - Attorney for Theodore Briseno (archive footage) (as John Barnett)
Michael Bostic Michael Bostic ... Himself - LAPD Commander (archive footage)
Tom Bradley Tom Bradley ... Himself - Los Angeles Mayor (archive footage)
Theodore Briseno Theodore Briseno ... Himself - Defendant (archive footage) (as Officer Theodore Briseno)
Tom Brokaw ... Himself (archive footage)
George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Edward Chang Edward Chang ... Himself - Black-Korean Alliance (archive footage)
Bill Clinton ... Himself - Democratic Presidential Candidate (archive footage) (as Gov. Bill Clinton)
Soon Ja Du Soon Ja Du ... Herself (archive footage)
John Ferraro John Ferraro ... Himself - Council President District 4 (archive footage)
Daryl Gates ... Himself - LAPD Chief (archive footage)
Jesse Jackson ... Himself (archive footage)
Joyce Karlin Joyce Karlin ... Herself - Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge (archive footage)
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Twenty-five years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, filmmakers examine that tumultuous period through rarely seen archival footage.

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police | fire | racism | riot | 1990s | See All (25) »

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The Past Is Prologue


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Rated R for disturbing violence, bloody images, and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лос-Анджелес 92 See more »

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Himself - Ciy Councilmember: Mr. President, all of us I think have been stunned by what has happened. And I can't imagine that the chief or anybody else in the city would condone the kind of conversation that took place-both electronically and by voice- in that Foothill division that night. Blacks are not animals. They're not lizards. They're not apes. They're not gorillas anymore than any of us are. They're human beings. The first way to open the door to brutalizing people in any place is to cheapen their worth as human ...
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Ebben ne andro lontana
From the opera "La Wally"
Written by Alfredo Catalani (as Catalani)
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Perspective
12 May 2017 | by David MasseySee all my reviews

I was 13, living in an affluent New England town, and totally oblivious to Los Angeles in 1992 (beyond my life-long cinema obsession). Looking back, the LA Riots influenced America (the music, the election, film, our language, our style, and our acceptance or rejection of diversity) more than any other event in the 1990's. Even having lived in LA for a few years (only about a decade later), I never really understood the impact of the riots on that city until I saw this. The style of this doc is 'manipulation' but, if you can get pasts some of its tasteless pandering, seeing this footage (chronologically shown in the film), was absolutely eye-opening. I never really experienced racism until I moved to Los Angeles in my 20's and there really was a feeling that I could only liken to the friction that causes earthquakes (coincidentally) within the culture of that city; it's a bloody mess of ambition, failure, inequality, and segregation (racial & financial). The film sets up the social climate with the Watts riots (which, oddly, I feel more informed about) and all but suggests that we're due for another social catastrophe and, by all accounts, I can't say that I disagree.


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