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Our Friend Martin [VHS] (1998)

Edward Asner , Angela Bassett , Robert Brousseau , Vincenzo Trippetti  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Edward Asner, Angela Bassett, Lucas Black, Theodore Borders, LeVar Burton
  • Directors: Robert Brousseau, Vincenzo Trippetti
  • Writers: Chris Simmons, Dawn Comer, Deborah Pratt, Sib Ventress
  • Producers: Andy Boron, Andy Heyward
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: January 12, 1999
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305196141
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,497 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

This animated time-travel adventure features a stellar cast and is a delight for kids and adults alike. When Matt, a black teenager, has to go on a class field trip to the museum of Martin Luther King Jr., he thinks that he'd rather play baseball. But the trip turns into an exciting adventure when he and his best friend, Randy, who's white, are sent back in time to meet Dr. King.

The story is also remarkably moving, as Matt and Randy learn what Dr. King did for humanity, and come to see him as a real person, not a historical figure. Matt and Randy experience segregation firsthand when they aren't allowed to eat on a train together. Together, they witness the bus boycott, the Birmingham riots, and the "I Have a Dream" speech. They discuss the theme of "non-violent resistance" with their new friend Martin and the work of Ghandi in India. As King tells Matt, "We must meet hate with love. It will take time, but somebody's got to start." Authentic historical footage blended with animation make this an excellent choice for teaching kids about the legacy of Dr. King. --Elisabeth Keating

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem! June 15, 2004
By A Customer
This is an excellent educational video. I agree with other reviewers that it is not appropriate for young viewers. However, as a fifth grade teacher, my students were fully capable of handling the presentation and the discussions that we had before and after.
This video truly encourages children to think about the choices they make. Not only does it make Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. someone a child can relate to, but it explores the idea that one person can make a difference. It urges children to stand up for the right thing even when it is difficult.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great teaching tool January 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I just finished showing this film to my second graders. Not only did it hold their attention, but they learned quite a bit about Martin Luther King Jr. and America as it once was. The animated format combined with real life footage was extremely effective and captured my younger viewer's attention. Having characters that spoke the kid's "lingo" helped make this a film children of today can relate to. We used this video as a springboard to discuss Dr. King and his accomplishments. I highly recommend this video to any parent or teacher.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I watched this in elementary! September 18, 2006
By val
I watched this movie every Martin Luther King Day in elementary. I started in 4th grade then ended up in 6th. Every year I was still engrossed in the message and the characters that were put forward. I, in highschool, am ordering this movie to show my little sister who hasn't seen it and hasn't appreciated MLK. It's a must for people OF ALL AGES to see the world through MLK's eyes and what it would be without him. It allows people to connect with MLK and to see what he really strove for. I love this movie, it will never grow old! I hope to show this to my kids one day.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the classroom or home January 24, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I recently showed this video to my 4th grade class and they loved it! They had so many questions after showing it and they could not believe that people were once treated like that in our country. One of them when prompted by a journal starter that asked them if they could go backwards in time, what time would they want to go to said she would like to go back to that time to tell Dr. King to be carefull before his assasination. I hightly recommend it even for high school students.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY WELL DONE, CHILD(AND ADULT)FRIENDLY MOVIE! March 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This story Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement is alive, fresh, informative as well as entertaining. It succeeds in telling his story truthfully without a lot of sugarcoat or dogma, as most King's storys are sometimes told. The mixture of actual live footage and animation is very effective. This video is a definate must have!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent January 12, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
This is an excellent video, and my fifth graders love it. I show it to them every year around Dr. King's birthday, and it always initiates excellent conversation about civil rights. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meeting Dr. King September 17, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Excellent use of live-action historical footage mixed with animation. Traces Martin Luther King's influence on American history. Graphic images depicting racist behavior is best viewed with adults. Stellar cast, voices of Oprah Winfrey, John Travolta and others. Impressive. Many children were not aware of the content. "This video taught us to respect other people, not hate each other because of color." "It taught me a lot of history, and it was sad." "I liked when they time-traveled." Best for ages 12 to 18.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Our Friend Martin February 12, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This was a wonderful medium to share the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with my children. It encouraged thoughtful discussion about the ignorance and danger of racism. It was also a tremendous demonstration of how 'one' person CAN make a difference. I am going to order a copy to go in my children's school library. God Bless Martin Luther King, Jr. and may his dream continue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Teacher delight
This is a great way to show students about MLK Jr's
life. It is a yearly event in my classroom.
Children are always very engaged while watching.
Published 3 months ago by Penny Kessler
3.0 out of 5 stars Our Friend Martin
I remember watching this as a child; and so, I thought it would be great for my students to watch for MLK day and again during Black History Month. Read more
Published 4 months ago by April Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Elementary or Middle School Classroom!!!
I'd like to start by saying that this movie is a gem. It's interesting enough to hold kids' attention, and the dialogue is clearly spoken and well-paced. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ALK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great kids video on the importance of Dr. King
We bought this for our 4th grade nephew. Although it's clearly from the 90's, he enjoyed the film. I like the combination of animation and actual historical footage. Read more
Published 5 months ago by SufiBoston
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch example of story-in-a-story, fictionalized bio of Dr. MLK......
As a newly retired school library/media specialist, I used this video as the centerpiece for a 6 week literature/research/technology unit (Jan-Feb) celebrating MLK Day and leading... Read more
Published 5 months ago by David H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
I brought this movie for my classroom to show my students. This is a great movie and a very clear copy.
Published 6 months ago by cheryl hills
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and Student 2014
This is another movie that teachers should show. You can write a lesson plan to help students understand the movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wanda N. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I love this movie and use it as a teaching tool (third grade). I already had it on VHS, but wanted it on DVD. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Shirley Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Friend Martin
This is a great teaching tool for elementary school children.It gives perspective to compare modern and historical times and why events where necessary.
Published 23 months ago by Sue
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT for Children - Should be Rated "R" for Violence
This movie is NOT for children. It should be rated R for violence. My six-year-old daughter watched this at school and it left her terrified. Read more
Published on February 13, 2012 by SCambria
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Our Friend, Martin DVD- So expensive!
Buy the VHS,,, its the same film and a lot less,,, if the school doesnt have a player they can be bought on Cragslist for $5
Jan 15, 2011 by Caryn |  See all 4 posts
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