A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The message of nonviolence, equal rights, and humane treatment for all prevails over discrimination, hatred, and acts of violence.
Positive Role Models
Se muestra el valor, pero también la preocupación de los líderes de los derechos civiles por sus acciones a favor de la protesta no violenta y la concienciación sobre la desigualdad en el Sur.
Violence & Scariness
Scary images of people being arrested, homes firebombed; a woman flashbacks to a man's body hanging from a tree after he is lynched. A man receives threatening phone calls.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kisses, hugs, and cuddling between man and wife. People dance close in a nightclub. A man describes himself as a homosexual.
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Some racial language and a few swear words.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults are shown smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie deals with the civil rights movement and segregation in the American South. While not as violent as actual footage from the movement, there are some scary images including fire bombings and arrests as well as a general undercurrent of fear. There is also racial name-calling and stereotypes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This fantastic movie stars underrated actor Jeffrey Wright who brings the iconic Dr. King's humanity and vulnerability to the screen. His portrayal reminds viewers that King was a very young man, new father, and new pastor when he was elected leader of the MIA. He and other organizers, including Rev. Ralph Abernathy (Terrence Howard) and Jo Ann Robinson (CCH Pounder) are shown as real people, often wondering if they were doing the right thing and worried about the repercussions of their actions.
In another smart decision, director Clarke Johnson shot the movie documentary style, creating an intimacy between the audience and characters. Johnson also used a dynamic mix of music and a "what if King lived now" segment to bridge the gap between the '50s and today -- providing an excellent jumping-off point for discussion. DVD extras include more information about key figures in the Montgomery boycott, civil rights facts, and a featurette with the actors and director of the film.
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