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The Night James Brown Saved Boston


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  • Actors: James Brown
  • Directors: David Leaf
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 10 SPOT
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L2ZSJY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,934 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On April 4, 1968, the leader of the nonviolent resistance movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis. On April 5, 1968, James Brown sang, and the city of Boston didnt burn down. The Night James Brown Saved Boston tells the story of the pivotal role that James Brown, and that particular concert, played in the political, social and cultural history of the country, focusing on 1968, a defining year for America. Using actual performance footage and the personal recollections of James Browns band members, friends like activist Reverend Al Sharpton, personal manager Charles Bobbitt, Princeton University Professor Dr. Cornel West, Boston citizens, those who attended the concert, politicians (such as former Boston Mayor Kevin White) and Newsweeks David Gates, The Night James Brown Saved Boston tells the compelling story of an artist at the absolute peak of his powers using his artistry for the greater good.


Bonus Features:

* Extensive additional interviews footage.

* Panel discussion at Boston premiere of the film.

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Great information on Mr James Brown.
W. Rahim
This was a history lesson with a good beat and you can dance to it.
D. Phaneuf
This video was very informative from an historical perspective!
Jean White

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on October 2, 2009
Format: DVD
Though footage of the legendary concert (mostly copies of copies of copies) have been floating around for ages, it is only recently that its been commercially released.

The back drop: 1968, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King...
Countless American Cities are burning...
The question: How can the powers that be get as many people as possible to stay home and possibly pass up on the big riot?

The answer: James Brown, the hottest performer in show business to cool down one of the most explosive situations in the city's history... So public TV station WGBH decides to televise a special concert at the Boston Garden asking everyone to stay home...

This documentary features talking heads such as Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Cornel West, Rep. Alan Young, legendary Boston DJ James "Early" Byrd, the Mayor of Boston (at the time) and plenty of footage of JB from the era when he was busting out dance moves that literally seemed to defy the laws of gravity (I'm not joking...) Also includes intersting JB footage... and interesting commentary (especially by Rev. Al Sharpton and JB manager Charles Bobbitt on how JB didn't necessarily agree with all of MLK's ideas about pacifism and the Viet Naam war, but how he respected him greatly... It also includes some incredible behind the scenes commentary...

Though I've seen a lot of the footage together, the documentary still is incredibly insightful and a great companion to the actual performance - - really though, it should have been issued as a companion to the documentary, not a separate purchase...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan Starr on May 1, 2009
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Interesting documentary about the true story of the nights following Martin Luther King's assassination, where many of the cities in America were in turmoil with riots and looting. But in Boston, things were quiet, in large part due to Mayor Kevin White's decision to broadcast James Brown's show at the Garden live on PBS that night. Some cynics say it was just to keep the black residents away from the white area of North Station, and that might be partly true, but I think for the most part the intentions were good (and it worked). Good documentary pointing out everything from how James insisted on reimbursement ($50k) to the fact that PBS had never done a live rock band before, and wasn't even sure how to mic and mix it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Clarence E. Jones III on May 16, 2009
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April 5, 1968. Martin Luther King assasinated the day before. Riots in over 100 American cities. Scheduled for a concert in Boston Garden that night: James Brown. Should the concert be held? Would anyone show up? What if we televise it? Can we? Would Mr. Brown allow it? Will any station broadcast it?
This film documents the times leading up to the events of April 5th, and the things that happened afterwards. Throughout this remarkable film is the music and the presence of James Brown, Soul Brother #1.
If you want music, there's a lot here. If you want history, there's a lot here. This is an amazing film that Everyone should see at least once in their lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bruce on December 8, 2013
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learned a lot about james brown and the city of boston, and what it was like in 1968. also some good concert footage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gregory stevenson on May 16, 2013
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i was visiting texas when i saw this advertised,and when i saw it at home for the very first time ,i remember seeing it on tv that very spring day
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Phaneuf on April 25, 2013
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James Brown played an important role in cooling the race riots after MLK was assassinated. This documentary told the story of the power of music to bring people together. Brown did not agree with the pacifist philosophy but he loved and respected the man who so passionately promoted peaceful integration. This was a history lesson with a good beat and you can dance to it.
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This is, believe it or not, a turning point in civil rights history. My Uncle Norman Kilpatrick walked The Bridge in Selma w Dr King and my family has been part of the fight for human rights for many years. James Brown saved many lives when he stood up on stage and walked his funk in Boston the night after King died. God Bless The Godfather of Soul!!
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Historical in nature. James Brown stepped into a powder keg and delivered the goods. Plus the concert was really great
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