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Deacons for Defense
     

Deacons for Defense

Director: Bill Duke

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Silverman, Ossie Davis

 

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Inspired by a true story, this made-for-cable drama is set in 1965, not long after passage of the Civil Rights Act. To the African-American citizens of Bogalusa, LA, however, it is "business as usual." They are still treated like third-class citizens, their fundamental rights as human beings persistently trampled by the white power structure, in general, and the local

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Inspired by a true story, this made-for-cable drama is set in 1965, not long after passage of the Civil Rights Act. To the African-American citizens of Bogalusa, LA, however, it is "business as usual." They are still treated like third-class citizens, their fundamental rights as human beings persistently trampled by the white power structure, in general, and the local branch of the KKK, in particular. Like many of the local black men, war veteran Marcus (Forest Whitaker) works in the town's mill for meager wages, and must endure the ongoing humiliation meted out by his white supervisors. But when he is beaten up by the police for the "outrage" of trying to defend his own daughter, Marcus is pushed too far. Encouraged by an idealistic white Northerner (Jonathan Silverman), Marcus organizes the Deacons, an all-black defense group dedicated to patrolling the black section of town and protecting its residents from the more violent aspects of "white backlash." Telecast during Black History Month, Deacons for Defense first aired over the Showtime cable network February 16, 2003.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
UPC:
0758445109320
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Showtime Ent.
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
13,860

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interviews with Forest Whitaker and Jonathan Silverman; Filmographies for Forest Whitaker and Jonathan Silverman

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Don't Ever Forget It [8:37]
2. Do Not Pass Me By [9:28]
3. Not Fooling Around [9:38]
4. Right to Assemble [6:14]
5. Why Are We Afraid? [9:34]
6. Righteous Cause [11:31]
7. Changes at Patterson [6:25]
8. Gathering Armies [8:17]
9. Disarm & Desegregate [7:49]
10. Still in Charge [9:58]
11. If They Kill Me... [9:39]
12. End Credits [2:00]

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