Boycott

Boycott

Director: Clark Johnson

Cast: Clark Johnson, Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, CCH Pounder

     
 

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In 1955, an African-American woman named Rosa Parks dared to take an empty seat in the "Whites Only" section on a city bus in Montomery, AL, and sparked one of the first major battles in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, thus bringing the work of Martin Luther King to the attention of many Americans for the first time. Boycott is a made-for-TV

Overview

In 1955, an African-American woman named Rosa Parks dared to take an empty seat in the "Whites Only" section on a city bus in Montomery, AL, and sparked one of the first major battles in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, thus bringing the work of Martin Luther King to the attention of many Americans for the first time. Boycott is a made-for-TV movie that dramatizes the events of the Montomery bus boycott, weaving vintage newsreel footage with scenes depicting the public and private dramas involved in the protests. Boycott stars Jeffrey Wright as Martin Luther King, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, and Terrence Dashon Howard as Ralph Abernathy; CCH Pounder, Reg E. Cathey, and Shawn Michael Howard highlight the supporting cast.

Editorial Reviews

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:
05/15/2012
UPC:
0883316481387
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
53,677

Special Features

Director's commentary Historical background Web links Cast and crew bios

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

Disc #1 -- Boycott
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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