10,000 Black Men Named George

Overview

In the 1920s, the rights of American workers to join a labor union was still considered an open question, and African-Americans were routinely denied their civil and economic rights. So in 1925, when journalist and political activist Asa Philip Randolph and railway car porter Ashley Totten formed the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, it was a bold gesture which proved to have a major impact in both labor and race relations in America. 10,000 Black Men Named George is a made-for-cable feature which dramatizes ...
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Overview

In the 1920s, the rights of American workers to join a labor union was still considered an open question, and African-Americans were routinely denied their civil and economic rights. So in 1925, when journalist and political activist Asa Philip Randolph and railway car porter Ashley Totten formed the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, it was a bold gesture which proved to have a major impact in both labor and race relations in America. 10,000 Black Men Named George is a made-for-cable feature which dramatizes the struggle of Randolph (played by Andre Braugher) and Totten (Mario Van Peebles) to organize railway porters -- a demanding and sometimes dangerous job which was held almost exclusively by black men, who were paid low wages for demanding hours -- against the staunch opposition of Barton Davis (Kenneth McGreggor), head of the Pullman railway company and a fierce opponent of both unionization and civil rights initiatives. 10,000 Black Men Named George (the title refers to the fact Pullman porters were often called "George" by white passengers, which was considered a racial slur) also features Charles S. Dutton as Milton Webster, a veteran porter who joined the fight to organize; Carla Brothers as Lucille Randolph, Asa's wife who would play a major role in the early years of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; and Brock Peters as Leon Frey, an early member of the who would in time betray their cause. Directed by Robert Townsend, the film was produced for the Showtime premium cable network, where it first aired on February 24, 2002.
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Special Features

Full screen format; Doldy digital english stereo
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2003
  • UPC: 097368037847
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,960

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andre Braugher Asa Philip Randolph
Charles S. Dutton Milton Webster
Mario Van Peebles
Brock Peters Leon Frey
Carla Brothers Lucille Randolph
Ken McGregor Barton Davis
Ellen Holly Selena Frey
Ernestine Jackson Mrs. Randolph
Ardon Bess Daddy Moore
Ordena Stephens Sandi Totten
James McGowan Desmond
Dvora Kedar James Randolph
Christopher Bondy William Green
Neville Edwards E.J. Daniels
Collette Micks Mrs. Robbins
Terry Hart Conductor
Emma Fleury Isabel Robbins
Maria Romano Donaldson
Camille James Porter's Wife
Sandi Ross Mrs. Walter
Lee Taylor Wealthy Passenger
John Dewe College Kid
Ed Fielding Conductor
Peter Graham Conductor
Peter Graham Conductor
Karen Eyo Elegant Woman
Harve Sotoloff Board Member
Amanda Brugel Waitress
Dave Nichols 1st Detective
Tim McMenamin Lead Thug
Aron Tager Gov. Morrow
Darren Josephs Porter in Back
Larry Schwartz Mayor LaGuardia
Hadley Sandiford Porter
Sean Wayne Doyle Mediator
Marvin Hinz Reporter
Nelson Tynes Dancing Porter
Joel Gordon Circumspect Porter
Lyriq Bent Disgruntled Man
Richard Blackburn Franklin D. Roosevelt
Richard Eden Fred Brent
Herbert Johnson Other Porter
Kle McKoy Disrguntled Man's Son
Yvette McKoy Disgruntled Man's Wife
Technical Credits
Robert Townsend Director
Andre Braugher Executive Producer
Humberto Garcia Art Director
Abby Mann Executive Producer
Stan Margulies Executive Producer
Gavin Mitchell Production Designer
Michelle Mundy Producer
Cyrus Nowrasteh Screenwriter
Edward J. Pei Cinematographer
Stephen James Taylor Score Composer
Katina Zinner Editor
Peter Zinner Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Train Wreck [5:36]
2. Still Standing [5:52]
3. The Messenger [4:46]
4. Riding the Rails [6:56]
5. The First Step [6:23]
6. Ticket to Chicago [5:25]
7. Hardball [7:06]
8. Fighting Back [7:15]
9. Voice of the Workers [7:04]
10. Company Man [6:10]
11. The Brotherhood Blues [7:30]
12. Win or Die Trying [7:02]
13. A Heap of Trouble [6:34]
14. Sweet Victory [5:15]
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