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Boycott : The Story of Martin Luther King [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, CCH Pounder, Carmen Ejogo, Reg E. Cathey
  • Directors: Clark Johnson
  • Writers: Herman Daniel Farrell, Stewart Burns, Timothy J. Sexton
  • Producers: James Bigwood, Juanita F. Diana, Norman Twain, Preston L. Holmes
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb. 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCT0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,534 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A dramatisation of the historic events which took place in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. When middle-aged black woman Rosa Parks is arrested after refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, she finds herself thrown in jail and charged under the State's segregation laws. This causes outrage among Montogomery's black community, and led by a young Martin Luther King (Jeffrey Wright), they rally together and start a 24-hour boycott of the city's buses. Soon, however, this turns into a year long struggle against prejudice and racial inequality which would be instrumental in transforming American society.

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"Brave, bold and dynamic" -- The Mirror

"Compulsive entertainment" -- The Sunday Times

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Boycott is a simple yet eye-opening retelling of a familiar story which is made more powerful for its revelations. Who hasn't heard of Rev. Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks? Hardly anyone I imagine. But who has heard of Rev Ralph Abernathy, Jo Ann Robinson, E.D. Nixon, or Fred Gray? And did anyone know that at 26, Rev. Martin Luther King was elected President of the Montgomery Improvement Association - formed to organise the boycott - and was thrust into the limelight in that capacity?

Thus we have a truly compelling tale whose premise is that a group of essentially ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances responded with a sense of responsibility, courage and a passionate determination to fight prejudice using their experience of organisation and mass mobilisation. Notable are the performances - Jeffrey Wright's King is so perfect he's unrecognisable if you recall him from Bond or his equally powerful Basquiat - the number of very well-drawn characters, clearly thoughtful writing, a bold choice of cinematic techniques, and the struggles, man and weather-made, that the Montgomery Improvement Association faced. Unfortunately, there are no extras on the DVD which is a shame as the film leaves you keen to know more. It's based on the book Daybreak of Freedom: Montgomery Bus Boycott which is pricey but also available.

More than a history lesson, Boycott weaves a wonderful tapestry of real people overcoming against all the odds. It acknowledges the overcoming of internal struggles: defeatism, fear, egos and cowardice are depicted alongside wisdom, sacrifice, courage, and solidarity.
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Excellent film and documentary story, now preceeded by Selma perhaps but this film did it first. I work as a tour guide in the "Deep South" of the USA and visiting Montgomery, Alabana fairly often have read up on Rosa Parks and the bus boycott..... A lesson to be learnt but the authourities would have undermined the boycott before it got that far. Remember, the KKK are still out there! Scary eh!
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By ed on 20 Nov. 2013
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Great DVD arrived in no time no trouble with the quality of the DVD and great story line would advise to get for all those taking a-level history
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Very we acted Wis they had taken it to THE MILLION. MAN MARCH CARMEN. EJOGO WAS VERY GOOD .
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Good dramatisation of the events of 1955-6 in Montgomery, Alabama: How history was changed.
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