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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The power of music to effect change in society. How personal conviction and integrity can create positive change in society.
Positive Role Models
Through his music and personal integrity in business, Sam Cooke took a stand against segregation and the Jim Crow laws of the South, and was an active participant in the civil rights movement, despite threats of violence.
Violence & Scariness
News footage of violence during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Photograph of KKK member in his car holding a noose. Talk of the shooting death of Sam Cooke. Viewers see the wreckage of a synagogue bombed by white supremacists, and the body of Emmet Till, a 14-year-old African American who was brutally beaten to death by whites in Mississippi.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mention made of how Sam Cooke was considered by some to be a "womanizer." Talk of prostitution.
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Some profanity. "N" word used several times. "F--k" used twice. "S--t," "bulls--t," "damn," "a--hole," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Photos of people drinking in bars. Talk of drinking in bars. Talk of how performers in the 1950s would be paid by unscrupulous promoters not in money but in cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke is a 2019 documentary that explores the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder of the iconic soul singer. There's some profanity, including the "N" word and "f--k." There is violent news footage from the civil rights movement, including shots of a KKK member holding a noose, the wreckage of a synagogue bombed by white supremacists, and the body of Emmet Till, a 14-year-old African American who was brutally beaten to death by whites in Mississippi. Talk of prostitution. Talk of how musicians in the 1950s were conned out of money by unscrupulous promoters and paid instead in cocaine. Overall, the documentary is a comprehensive look at the circumstances surrounding Cooke's murder, and his growing involvement in the civil rights movement before he was killed. Cooke is shown to be as savvy of a businessman as he was a gifted singer, and families can talk about his bravery in standing up for what he believed in, especially during a time of blatant discrimination and segregation. 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 documentary s a comprehensive look at the mysterious circumstances surrounding the shooting death of the iconic soul singer in 1964. It traces Cooke's origins as a gospel singer from Chicago to his meteoric rise as a popular singer who stood up to segregation and racism and was starting to emerge as a leader in the growing civil rights movement. His career is thoroughly explored and placed in the context of the times in which he was a star performer.
Like the other documentaries in the ReMastered series, no stone is unturned in exploring not only Cooke's murder, but also how the sociocultural tenor of the times played into why Cooke's murder was not thoroughly investigated at the time by the LAPD, and how such institutional racism persists to this day. More than simply a typical basic-cable exploitative surface-level look at "true crime," ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke is as much a history lesson on a time and place in America as it is a music history lesson.
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