Selma

Selma

DVD - 2015
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Paramount, [2015]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: Selma (Motion picture). French.

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QuentinHayes
Mar 07, 2017

Beautifully done. David Oyelowo pays homage to King without trying to overdo it. Carmen Ejogo plays Coretta Scott King with grace and compassion, and Tom Wilkinson does a fab job of embodying LBJ caught up in the arc of justice despite himself. Powerful & timely.

This is the story of civil rights activists and their struggles. This is my fav, because it shows how a unified people can stand up to unfairness. - Hanan - Teen Volunteer

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TheSandoz
Jul 26, 2016

Poor- The movie is amateurish and hackneyed in both acting and direction. I even found myself laughing out loud at various points because of how bad it was- not the reaction you want from a film that depicts people marching for their freedom.

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akirakato
Jul 26, 2016

This is a 2014 American historical docudrama directed by Ava DuVernay, based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis.
The performnces of the major actors are superb.
Tim Roth plays George Wallace you would love to hate.
It is a gripping, powerful and emotinally moving docudrama.

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rslade
Jun 23, 2016

Important events: the movie may be good in raising awareness, but otherwise doesn't add anything.

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aurora_02
May 15, 2016

I really wasn't impressed at all with this movie. In my opinion, it really didn't deserve all the amazing reviews critics gave it. Martin Luther King Junior is a very, very, amazing man, but sadly, Selma didn't really portray him the right way.

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 11, 2016

A moving civil rights film that didn't pull its punches, SELMA was better than I expected. The trailers were stuffy or bombastic, but the film was neither. I am not sure what to say about SELMA. It's not as good as other black history films, like ROOTS or THE COLOR PURPLE, but it is still a decent film. It finds an obvious villain in the governor and is able to shake its audience into caring passionately about the fate of its characters, even the minor ones. It is shocking and brutal at times. Unfortunately, it is honest. Horrible things did happen and SELMA won't shy away. For its truthful depictions and moving narrative, I would recommend SELMA.

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JihadiConservative
Feb 22, 2016

Had very high expectations, they were not exceeded unfortunately.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 29, 2015

First I'd like to address "JGdawg4's assessment of the film as "race baiting." Because it's about racism? That makes no sense. And AllLivesMatter is just ignorant. BlackLivesMatter doesn't mean black lives are more important than other lives, it means they're as important. Ignorant.
Wisely avoiding the typical biopic route, "Selma" focuses on the historic 1964 civil rights march in Alabama. British actor David Oyelowo rises to the task of playing an iconic figure (MLK) and two other British actors (Tom Wilkinson and Tim Roth) play LBJ and George Wallace, respectively. The acting is very good and the story compelling, but it's uneven and director Ava DuVernay is not very subtle, cuing the music for dramatic moments and using slo-mo far too often in important scenes. And the presence of Oprah Winfrey, in a small role, is distracting. Still, this is a powerful and important film that, while dealing with history, is sadly relevant. The struggle continues.

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JGdawg4
Nov 28, 2015

boring and race baiting; there are already so many relevant and moving documentaries about civil rights! Selma events were merely a paragraph in history textbooks. This movie was boring, and i think we all have had enough of Winfrey! Hollywood needs to make original movies that include the struggles of all races, but not force diversity, and audience members need to stop focusing on their own agendas and realize poverty and hunger are more important than selfish whining about getting stuff for free in america because you were related to a 200 year old victim of circumstance.

#AllLivesMatter

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phantomas
Aug 13, 2015

CORRETTA: "I've gotten used to a lot. All the hours wondering after your safety, worried about how you are. This house. Renting here. No foundation. Without the things the children should have, all because of how it would look. I have gotten used to it, for better or worse. But what I have never gotten used to is the death. The constant closeness of death. It's become like a thick fog to me. I can't see life sometimes because of the fog of death constantly hanging over. People actually say that they will stop the blood running through the hearts of our children. That's what they said on the other end of that phone line. How they're going to kill my children. And what they'll do to you and how they'll do it. How many years have I had to listen to this? The filth, deranged and twisted and just ignorant enough to be serious."

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jimg2000
May 20, 2015

King: Who murdered Jimmie Lee Jackson? Every white lawman who abuses the law to terrorize. Every white politician who feeds on prejudice and hatred. Every white preacher who preaches the bible and stays silent before his white congregation. Who murdered Jimmie Lee Jackson? Every Negro man and woman who stands by without joining this fight as their brothers and sisters are brutalized, humiliated, and ripped from this Earth.

Johnson: There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.

Johnson: You’ve (MLK) got 1 big issue (Voting Rights)… I got 101.

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Apr 02, 2017

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