Miss Evers' Boys

Miss Evers' Boys

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Director: Joseph Sargent

Cast: Alfre Woodard, Laurence Fishburne, Craig Sheffer

     
 

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Joseph Sargent's historical drama Miss Evers' Boys comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo, and a Spanish soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital Mono.

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Joseph Sargent's historical drama Miss Evers' Boys comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo, and a Spanish soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include biographies of the cast and director. This is a fine release from HBO/Rysher.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Beautifully acted and chilling in its depiction of woefully misguided medical ethics, this docudrama attempts to portray both the facts of the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study and the personal stories that underscore its horror. Fascinatingly enough, the experiment began as an attempt to procure better health care for poor, rural African-Americans; its lasting legacy, however, is a lingering mistrust of the entire biomedical community. Playwright David Feldshuh and screenwriter Walter Bernstein take dramatic license in ascribing motives to their title character, who was based on the real-life nurse Eunice Rivers. Although such liberties may rankle, they ultimately give shape to what might otherwise have become a dry quasi-documentary, or, even worse, an overwrought movie of the week. In the title role, Alfre Woodard gives a typically rich performance, chronicling the noble intentions, moral compromises, and abiding guilt of the local woman who served as the primary point of contact between the study and its participants. Laurence Fishburne, who as executive producer helped shepherd the material from stage to screen, is also strong in the role of a patient who romances Miss Evers but eventually seeks treatment elsewhere and leaves both the study and her behind. Ossie Davis, Craig Scheffer, Joe Morton, and Obba Babatunde help round out the fine supporting cast, while the photography (by Donald M. Morgan) and the music (by Dwight Andres and Charles Bernstein) capture both the beauty and the squalor of the rural South. The fiery rhetoric of Woodard's closing monologue may seem overblown (and fly in the face of the historical record), but otherwise Miss Evers' Boys ranks among director Joseph Sargent's most compelling fact-based dramas.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2002
UPC:
0026359138928
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[stereo, monaural]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
1,128

Special Features

Interactive menus; Chapter selections; Languages; Subtitles; Cast and director bios

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alfre Woodard Actor
Laurence Fishburne Actor
Craig Sheffer Actor
Ossie Davis Actor
Joe Morton Actor
E.G. Marshall Actor

Technical Credits
Joseph Sargent Director
Dwight Douglas Andrews Score Composer,Choreography
Robert Benedetti Executive Producer
Charles C. Bennett Production Designer
Charles Bernstein Score Composer
Walter Bernstein Screenwriter
Michael Brown Editor
Jackie Brown Casting
Michael Fedack Camera Operator
David Feldshuh Screenwriter
Laurence Fishburne Executive Producer
James Edward Griffin Asst. Director
Shay Griffin Casting
Derek Kavanagh Producer
Kip Konwiser Producer
Kern Konwiser Co-producer
Shirley Libby Sound Mixer
Dianne McIntyre Choreography
Susan Mickey Costumes/Costume Designer
Robyn Mitchell Casting
Donald M. Morgan Cinematographer
Matthew Mungle Makeup Special Effects
Edwin Myers Camera Operator
Wynona Y. Price Makeup
Peter Stelzer Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Main Title/Prologue [8:32]
2. Syphilis - A Negro Disease? [4:49]
3. Spreading the Word [9:04]
4. And So They Came... [5:14]
5. Miss Evers' Boys [6:53]
6. Healing Hands [2:51]
7. Stepping Out [5:28]
8. Budget Cuts [4:00]
9. No Treatment [6:07]
10. Back for Her Boys [9:55]
11. Back Shots [10:06]
12. Being Taken up Over the Hill... [9:57]
13. The Tuskegee List [3:56]
14. Taking the Cure [10:18]
15. Paying the Consequences [6:05]
16. Doing What's Right; Then and Now [11:21]
17. Coda/End Credits [3:08]

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Miss Evers' Boys 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard about the Tuskegee Experiment, but never read in depth about it. I decided to get the movie and read a book about it later. I'm SO GLAD I purchased this movie. It was heart wrenching to see how the gov't took advantage of the poor blacks in the south and used an intelligent highly qualified doctor to conduct this experiment. I was in awe that the gov't knew they had no intention to treat these men. Alfre Woodard did a fantastic job. The burden her character had to carry all those years was incomprehensable. This is a good movie to introduce to youngsters when speaking of the history of African Americans.