2001 PG 1h 53m DVD


2001 PG 1h 53m DVD
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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.
Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, CCH Pounder, Carmen Ejogo, Reg E. Cathey, Iris Little-Thomas, Brent Jennings, Clark Johnson, Mike Hodges, Danny Nelson
Clark Johnson
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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