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Boycott
     

Boycott

Director: Clark Johnson

Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, CCH Pounder

 

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Clark Johnson's docudrama Boycott, about the Montgomery, AL, bus boycott, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that produces an image with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French

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Clark Johnson's docudrama Boycott, about the Montgomery, AL, bus boycott, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that produces an image with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Johnson, cast and crew biographies, and some historical background information about the time period portrayed in the film. This is a very good disc from HBO/Rysher.

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All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Thanks to a magnetic lead performance by Jeffrey Wright as Martin Luther King Jr. and inventive direction by Clark Johnson, Boycott is both an informative and hugely entertaining look at a crucial chapter in the history of the modern civil rights struggle. Wright embodies many facets of King's personality: his personal charisma, his faith in the power of nonviolence, and (at this moment in his life) his uncertainty about what the struggle would mean to his career and to his family. Johnson adroitly mixes in vintage footage and black-and-white cinematography (mainly in meetings between the African-American activists and the white power structure in Montgomery), using handheld cameras in many scenes to create a sense of urgency and immediacy. Though the white characters come off as rather one-dimensional, this is a film about the varying attitudes of the black characters to the burgeoning movement. At the beginning of the film, Rosa Parks has to talk her husband into endorsing the boycott, as does King with his wife Coretta. Even as the boycott picks up steam, the film continues to explore its internal politics, revealing that King's own father wanted him to withdraw from Montgomery. There's some witty and touching use of source music, including Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," Dizzy Gillespie's "Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac," and Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody." A standout in the supporting actors is Erik Todd Dellums in the key role of Bayard Rustin, whose encouragement of King was crucial to keeping the boycott nonviolent. Sharp-eyed viewers may also spot the director as a journalist and singer Aaron Neville in the crowd of citizens who gather outside King's home after it is bombed.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2002
UPC:
0026359177927
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:52:00

Special Features

Cast and director bios; Historical background; References; Web links; Main menu; English Dolby Surround; Director's commentary; Spanish stereo

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeffrey Wright Martin Luther King Jr.
Terrence Howard Ralph Abernathy
CCH Pounder Jo Ann Robinson
Carmen Ejogo Coretta King
Reg E. Cathey E. D. Nixon
Brent Jennings Rufus Lewis
Shawn Michael Howard Fred Gray
Walter Franks Rev. Fields
Whitman Mayo Rev. Banyon
E. Roger Mitchell Bob Phillips
Clark Johnson Emory Jackson
Mike Hodge Daddy King
Jack Martin Actor
Mert Hatfield Actor
Danny Nelson Actor
Thomas Byrd Actor
Eric Dellums Bayard Rustin

Technical Credits
Clark Johnson Director
Charles C. Bennett Production Designer
James Bigwood Co-producer
Jaki Brown-Karman Casting
David Hennings Cinematographer
Preston Holmes Producer
Timothy J. Sexton Screenwriter
Stephen James Taylor Score Composer
Norman Twain Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Introduction/The Ride [4:40]
2. Plan of Action [7:04]
3. "A Good Day for Walking" [2:45]
4. Guilty as Charged? [3:32]
5. The Husband, the Preacher, the Outsider [10:22]
6. "A More Humane System" [7:12]
7. Car Pool [7:59]
8. Reactions and Opinions [8:35]
9. False Arrest [11:32]
10. Dangerous Limbs [9:36]
11. When Hate Meets Love [4:46]
12. Family and Liberty [9:20]
13. A Spiritual Movement [3:15]
14. Time for a Message [4:45]
15. Understanding the Consequences [8:52]
16. March of Freedom/Epilogue [2:52]
17. Today/Credits [5:24]

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