King: The Martin Luther King Story

King: The Martin Luther King Story

Ernie Banks
Director: Abby Mann Cast: Ernie Banks
Ernie Banks
, Roscoe Lee Browne
Roscoe Lee Browne
, Lonny Chapman
Lonny Chapman
Abby Mann

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Overview

King: The Martin Luther King Story originated as a three-part miniseries, first telecast February 12, 13 and 14, 1978. Paul Winfield is starred as Martin Luther King, with Cicely Tyson as Coretta Scott King. The film covers the years 1954 through 1968, taking Rev. King from his first peaceful protests against segregation in Montgomery to his murder in Memphis. Scenarist/director Daniel Mann came under fire in 1978 for his adaptation of King's life, and for once the critics were right. Despite Winfield's masterful and accurate portrayal of King, the rest of the 6-hour drama compromises the truth with the hokiest of fabrications. Just a few examples: Sheriff "Bull" Connor's men walk out on him en masse when he threatens to hose down black schoolchildren; Mayor Daley warns King against protesting in Chicago, saying "We have a reputation to protect; this is the home of Al Capone"; King has a friendly meeting with Malcolm X in 1966, a full year after Malcolm X was killed....and so it goes. Martin Luther King certainly deserved a superior mini-series. Perhaps some day he'll get one.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2015
UPC: 0887090088503
Original Release: 1978
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 4:31:00

Special Features

Recreating history: the making of King (15:30) In conversation with Abby Mann & Tony Bennett (18:57) The Struggle (19:55) The Civil Rights Movement (19:26)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ernie Banks Actor
Roscoe Lee Browne Actor
Lonny Chapman Actor
Cliff De Young Actor
Art Evans Actor
Howard E. Rollins Actor
Dolph Sweet Actor
Cicely Tyson Actor
Paul Winfield Actor
Pat Keen Actor
David Marlow Actor
Gwen Nelson Actor
Ossie Davis Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr.
Clu Gulager William Sullivan
William Jordan John F. Kennedy
Lincoln Kilpatrick Waring
Dick Anthony Williams Malcolm X
Roy Jenson Sheriff Corruthers
Yolanda King Rosa Parks

Technical Credits
Abby Mann Director,Screenwriter
David Berlatsky Editor
Byron Brandt Editor
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Ed Feldman Executive Producer
Billy Goldenberg Score Composer
Gerald Hirschfield Cinematographer
Paul Maslansky Producer
Richard Meyer Editor
James Spencer Production Designer
Ted Adams Swanson Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- King: The Martin Luther King Story
1. Chapter 1 [4:22]
2. Chapter 2 [14:44]
3. Chapter 3 [17:36]
4. Chapter 4 [22:54]
5. Chapter 5 [15:51]
6. Chapter 6 [14:54]
7. Chapter 7 [2:46]
8. Chapter 8 [7:58]
1. Chapter 1 [1:39]
2. Chapter 2 [20:58]
3. Chapter 3 [13:29]
4. Chapter 4 [17:59]
5. Chapter 5 [9:36]
6. Chapter 6 [13:04]
7. Chapter 7 [9:35]
Disc #2 -- King: The Martin Luther King Story
1. Chapter 1 [1:50]
2. Chapter 2 [16:23]
3. Chapter 3 [14:19]
4. Chapter 4 [14:44]
5. Chapter 5 [16:05]
6. Chapter 6 [13:09]
7. Chapter 7 [8:14]

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