TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - Nominated for nine Emmy Awards�, this "astute and compelling" (Variety) biography based on the remarkable life of Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., takes an intimate look at one of the world's most public heroes during one of the most tumultuous times in American history. Starring Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson and Ossie Davis, King is a riveting tale that appropriately honors a true legend.In 1950s/60s America, the civil rights movement found its leader in a Southern Baptist minister. Using lyrical eloquence, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., motivated masses of people black and white to demand equality by way of nonviolent protest. But in spite of his peaceful agenda, Dr. King was often the target of terrible violence. He was never swayed from his path, however; for by the time he was assassinated in 1968, Dr. King had already defined dream that would change a nation forever. Starring Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson, Ossie David, Howard Rollins, William Jordan, Cliff DeYoung, Tony Bennett
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Excellent epic series. At 270 minutes, you've got a mini series here that most will want to watch in sections. It moves along chronologically and pays homage and respect to some of our early leaders in the civil rights movement but Dr. King is the main focus. Nicely done, excellent structure and style. It takes a pretty object view of our nation's civil rights history and highlights some of the embarrassments and some of the triumphs. The racial discrimination characteristic of the times is portrayed in historically accurate ways. What is also portrayed is King's stand and conviction to non-violence. It gives a lot of insight into the life of an important individual and is very inspirational. It exposes the tragedy of the assassination, the riots and the discrimination of the time. On the heels of the historic election of an African American to the office of the President of the United States, this is dually compelling.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say -
Kids enjoyed it though felt it was too long. "It was really really long." "I learned things I didn't know about Martin Luther King Jr." "Dr. King is quite a role model. He was against violence to anyone." "Wow! I can't believe people treated each other like that." "It was like the slave times all over again." They recognized the discrimination and racism as wrong and commented on how incredible it was to learn about since they had not seen it in their lifetime (fortunately). "I wrote a report on MLK last year so this was interesting." Favorite part: When he gave his 'I Have a Dream' speech."
Runtime: 270 minutes
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Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
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