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Boycott (2001)

Reg E. Cathey , Erik Dellums  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Reg E. Cathey, Erik Dellums, Carmen Ejogo, Walter Franks, Crystal Garrett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RY9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,662 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Boycott" on IMDb

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Carmen Ejogo, Terrence Howard. The emotionally charged story of Rosa Parks, the black woman who refused to give up her seat on a public bus and consequently made history. 2002/color/112 min/PG/widescreen.

When Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, the Reverend Martin Luther King was but a modest young Baptist minister suddenly thrust into the leadership of local bus boycott. What started as a one-day protest of unfair bus laws turned into the 381-day boycott that gave birth to the civil rights movement. This riveting, rousing made-for-cable drama meticulously recounts the challenges the protest faced. Jeffrey Wright (Basquiat) is excellent as King, capturing his charisma and rousing speeches while grounding his heroism in human vulnerability and fear, but Boycott reminds us that he was only one of the thousands of ordinary people roused into extraordinary action in the name of equality and social justice. That portrait of everyday heroes changing the course of history remains the film's most rousing message. --Sean Axmaker

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jeffery Wright- Scene Stealer March 22, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
In a good way. Here, the man who brought us "Peoples Hernandez" gets to play a character whose charisma actually equals his own. I speak of none other than the legendary Martin Luther King, Jr. Seriously, it may be impossible to emmulate a man so great, but Wright gives a great effort, full of Passion and Polish, that makes you feel the events surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott. For people, like myself, too young to remember the civil rights era, this movie is as educational as it is entertaining. And vice versa.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised August 22, 2002
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I decided to watch this film and screen it for an undergraduate class on representations of black leadership in American culture, and I expected it to be, like many filmic accounts of the African American freedom struggle, tired and flawed. Everything about this film is wonderful! Aside from Jeffrey Wright's brilliant performance, the use of color, various film grains, and other cinematographic techinques make this film superb. I loved it. I watched it twice in one sitting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A King for all time February 25, 2006
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I am a late arrival to the career of Jeffrey Wright. The first time I saw him was in Angels in America. He caught my attention and I was riveted to every scene he was in. Wright as Dr. King was a strike of genius. He nails the performance with conviction and compassion. Wright steals every scene he appears in. The project as a whole is very impressive and I commend HBO for investing in this and other projects in which the lives and interests of African Americans are the focus. Terrence Howard is also a figure to watch out for in the future. Howard's performance is powerful especially with his facial expressions. Carmen Ejogo's performance is warm and supportive to the Dr. King character. In playing her part though, she was able to emote what she feels for her husband as she and Wright are real life husband and wife.

There is one moment in this film where Dr. King is overcome with fear and prays to God for strength and it is one of Wright's strongest scenes. It shows exaclty the fear that one might feel if suddenly realizing that you might not live to long just because of standing forwhat was right. Wright's speeches are very King like and in delivering his lines, Wright takes on a slowness of speech that was characteristic of the way Dr. King spoke. He spoke slowly as to give thought first to every word before before it was uttered.

I do find at times that the handheld camera is a bit much and can be a distraction but it can be easily overlooked.

I urge you to buy this film and watch it with your children. It is simply brilliant.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama so that a white passenger could sit down. Her arrest for this act of civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the most significant and successful efforts against racial segregation in American history. The HBO movie "Boycott" looks at what happened when the one-day boycott of the Montgomery buses called because of the Parks' arrest became a protracted effort that last more than a year. The focus is not on Parks (Iris Little-Thomas), but on the young Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jeffrey Wright), who becomes the spokesman for the boycott and had his first leadership role in the Civil Rights Movement. However, while the focus in on King, the work of other leaders, such as Ralph Abernathy (Terrence Howard) and Jo Ann Robinson (CCH Pounder), as well as the ordinary citizens who walked to work and drove the car pools, are covered and honored as well.

In watching how King becomes a leader be sure you continue to pay attention to how the city government of Montgomery tried to break the boycott, because there was a complexity to this struggle that goes beyond the simple idea that Negroes in the city stopped riding the bus. The escalating efforts by the city not only served to solidify King's believes in the value of nonviolence, but also revealed the hypocrisy of using the law to enforce injustice. There is also the interesting relationship between King and Bayard Rustin (Erik Todd Dellums), who actually sees King as failing to live up to Gandhi's example because there are armed men protecting Coretta Scott King (Carmen Ejogo) and his daughter.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practically definitive February 11, 2002
This has been the best film regarding the Mongomery Bus boycott I have seen so far. I appreciated the way it showed the interdependace of the Montgomery improvement Association, how it introduced me to key players in the drama that usually get hidden in the shadow of King (such as Bayard Rustin, Reverend Abernathy,the strong women leaders,and the pencil pushers that kept everything running)and the eclectic soundtrack that wove years of black history throughout the story. This is one to watch with the kids!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeffrey Wright is Riveting as Dr. Martin Luther King November 27, 2001
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Rather than make BOYCOTT another boring history lesson, the filmmakers have wisely chosen to take the characters off the mantlepiece and allow them to breathe and feel like human beings. Dr. Martin Luther King is not just a dynamic minister, supporting a noble cause, he's also a man with a young wife and family. He has feelings and is vulnerable. This allows the film to have a greater impact than did past films about King, because here the audience can better relate to him as a real person.
The minute you hear Jeffrey Wright's voice as Dr. Martin Luther King, you can't help but be glued to the screen. Throughout the film, Wright effectively captures the essence of King. It's a dynamic performance that equals if not surpasses Denzel Washington's performance as Malcolm X.
Others are also strong in the film. Carmen Ejogo is very effective and human in her role as Coretta Scott King. She's so convincing in her role, that you forget that this is the British-born actor that made her film debut as the little girl with the strong West Indian accent in ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS.
Another standout is Erik Dellums as Bayard Rustin. As the gay radical that assisted in the boycott, Dellums brings to life a figure often ignored in the past.
Canadian-born actor, Clark Johnson (best known for his role as Det. Meldrick Lewis on TV's "Homicide") makes an auspicious feature length directing debut with this film. In addition to getting great performances from his cast, he effectively uses the visual aspects of film to help drive the narrative. At least some credit here must also be given to Herman Daniel Ferrell and Timothy J. Sexton, who adapted the book, DAYBREAK OF FREEDOM by Stewart Burns for the film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up
Very well done portrayal of a young MLK, his supporters, detractors, and challenges in protesting. For MLK, the issue was human dignity, and for his opponents, the issue was... Read more
Published 11 months ago by atearl
5.0 out of 5 stars Montgomery Bus Boycott from a different perspective.
Wonderful look at the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The cast is excellent including Jeremy Wright as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read more
Published 12 months ago by A. Candle
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeffrey Wright Brings Swag to MLK Jr.
A wonderful depiction of the Montgomery boycott, the key players and the lives it changed. The determination and courage it took to demand and bring about change by refusing to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Oddly directed and some horrible music. But an ok movie.
I liked this movie for the most part, but I did not like the way it was directed. I hated most of the music used in the movie. Read more
Published on September 15, 2012 by Laura Robles
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I had been looking for a copy of this movie on DVD since first seeing it on HBO. I thought everyone excelled in their roles, but Jeffery Wright embodied Martin Luther King, Jr. Read more
Published on April 25, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars boycott
I purchased this dvd for a good friend of mine. He really liked it as his original copy had gone missing. Read more
Published on April 5, 2011 by picky person
4.0 out of 5 stars Story is a bit romanticized
Good historical overview, although MLK's storyline is way over-romanticized. Would have liked a different actor playing his role. Read more
Published on October 13, 2010 by SCMLA
4.0 out of 5 stars A Near Classic
BOYCOTT (2001) Directed by Clark Johnson.

Starring Jeffrey Wright (as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr), Terrance
Howard (as Ralph Abernathy), Carmen Ejogo (as Coretta... Read more
Published on August 2, 2010 by The Mysterious Traveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Form your own opinion
this is my first time seeing this movie and I was blown away by the performances. Jeffrey Wright is an underrated actor, wish we could see more of him. Read more
Published on July 4, 2010 by W. Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Boycott
In 1955, an African-American woman named Rosa Parks dared to take an empty seat in the "Whites Only" section on a city bus in Montomery, AL, and sparked one of the first major... Read more
Published on January 23, 2010 by TREND700
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