Interweaving vintage newsreels, stock footage and home movies with scenes depicting events surrounding the birth of the civil rights movement, this made-for-cable drama recounts the story behind the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott of 1955. Iris Little-Thomas plays Rosa Parks, the black seamstress whose refusal to sit at the back a bus kindles the flames of protest, and Jeffrey Wright delivers an inspired performance as the young Martin Luther King.
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- Clark Johnson
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; featurette; extensive historical background information; cast and director bios.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie deals with the civil rights movement and segregation in the American South. While not as violent as actual footage from the movement, there are some scary images including fire bombings and arrests as well as a general undercurrent of fear. There is also racial name-calling and stereotypes.
- Sexual Content
- Kisses, hugs, and cuddling between man and wife. People dance close in a nightclub. A man describes himself as a homosexual.
- Scary images of people being arrested, homes firebombed; a woman flashbacks to a man's body hanging from a tree after he is lynched. A man receives threatening phone calls.
- Some racial language and a few swear words.
- Social Behavior
- The message of nonviolence, equal rights, and humane treatment for all prevails over discrimination, hatred, and acts of violence.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Adults are shown smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it