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Selma, Lord, Selma (1999)

Jurnee Smollett , Mackenzie Astin , Charles Burnett , Johnny Simmons  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jurnee Smollett, Mackenzie Astin, Clifton Powell, Ella Joyce, Yolanda King
  • Directors: Charles Burnett, Johnny Simmons
  • Writers: Rachel West Nelson, Frank Sikora, Sheyann Webb, Cynthia Whitcomb
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Full Screen, Digital Sound, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • 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: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DZ3G2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,518 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Selma, Lord, Selma" on IMDb

Special Features

Featurette: "A Bridge To Freedom"

Editorial Reviews

Disney presents a truly inspiring motion picture that accurately captures one of the most historically significant events in the struggle for civil rights! In 1965, during the turbulent early days of the right-to-vote movement, a young Alabama school girl (Jurnee Smollett -- EVE'S BAYOU, JACK) is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Clifton Powell -- RAY, WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE) to resist the degradation that her fellow African-Americans are suffering. Along with a white seminary student (Mackenzie Astin -- IRON WILL) from the north...and against the ever-increasing threat of racial violence...she promises to do what she can to help Dr. King's efforts. Based on a powerful true story that will both uplift and entertain -- their perseverance and patience ultimately prevail, culminating in the famous civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery!

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good One to Show in School for MLK Day April 8, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
"Selma, Lord, Selma" fills an important niche by telling a story of the Civil Rights Movement in a manner that is accessible to upper elementary students (and older). The characters and situations are believable, and the story is told from the perspecive of a young--almost 12 years old--African-American girl who got involved after writing a report on Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
While this film portrays the harshness of the situation, including two deaths, it is not graphic or gratutitous. I personally appreciated the way the non-violent Civil Rights movement of Rev. King and his followers was based on their Christian beliefs. The film is not preachy, but the religious context of the movement is realistically portrayed.
As the school librarian, I will be recommending this video to teachers in our elementary school as an option for the Martin Luther King holiday.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Selma, Lord, Selma--- Great Movie May 17, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I had watched this movie in school during my history class, we were studying the civil rights movement.And I think that this movie did a great job showing and describing the event. I think that this movie is very inspirational, and it would make you will grateful for what you have. This movie is from the view of an African American little school girl who wanted to take part in the civil rights marches in her community. She was a very brave girl who was very determined to reach the goal of freedom. Other characters in the movie were also very great and very good with their role like the young Reverend in the movie named Jonathon.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Frank
Format:VHS Tape
"Selma, Lord, Selma" is generally accurate. However, in the movie, Jonathan Daniels, the white priest from New Hampshire, shows up in Selma much earlier than he did in reality, and the story of this black movement is told through a white character. In reality, Daniels came to Selma after "Bloody Sunday." Great movie, but stuck in the conventions of 1999 where there had to be a main white character, in my opinion.
Disney makes the two main role girls several years older than they were in reality -- maybe because the audience wouldn't like a girl barely 9 years old repeatedly cutting school to attend meetings and marches, maybe to fit the ages of the actors?
There is some natural telescoping and consolidation of the complicated events to fit them into a 90-minute movie, e.g. two marches instead of the real three.
The movie shows a flashback of Jimmie Lee Jackson's 1965 death as if it occurred in daytime, with Jonathan Daniels present. Daniels wasn't at Jackson's death, in reality. Then the movie shows a newspaper clipping accurately reporting that Jackson died at night. The deputy sheriff who shot Jackson pled guilty to manslaughter in 2010 and served six months in jail.
Yes, there does have to be a sort of omnipresent narrator, but the role of ominpresent narrator would have been served by the two girls, Sheyann Webb and Rachel West, who wrote the book "Selma, Lord, Selma."
The movie changes the name of some characters. The real-life Sheriff Clark is "Sheriff Potts" in the movie. The real-life Amelia Boynton is "Mrs. Blythe" in the movie.
The role of the girls' teacher, "Miss Bright" in the movie, is played by the real-life daughter of Dr. King, Yolanda King.
Strangely, the death of Jonathan Daniels is changed in the movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Selma, Lord Selma March 18, 2008
Format:DVD
I am a fifth grade teacher, and we use this video while studying the civil rights movement. I have found that it is a wonderful way to allow the children to see, first hand, what the movement was all about. The movie allows students to get a real sense of the fear people had to overcome in order to make a change in our society. This movie is a great supplemental teaching tool!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Was Great April 11, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I watch many of the Disney Channels original movies but this was one of their best. I found myself tapping my foot to the beat of the rythem of the song "Turn Me Round". The movie is about Selma, Alabama in 1965. Martin Luther King is leading the different marches and the police are beating and killing people. You find yourself a bit teary-eyed at the end of this movie.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Robert
Format:VHS Tape
I first had the privlage of watching Selma, Lord, Selma in Febuary 2000 in my 6th grade social studies/language/history class with Mrs. Shelle Franklin as my teacher. I just want to say it is a very emotional movie even though I was a 12 year old boy in a room full of my peers I was still a bit teary-eyed. Here's how bad I was... I memorized the words to "Turn Me 'Round" a foot-tapping freedom song sang by Shyanne in the film. Also for those who have seen the movie and did not know the young white preacher Johnathan is played by Mckenzie Astin who played Andy on the 1984-1988 seasons of The Facts Of Life. And the shool teacher is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's real life daughter. Well, hope you watch and enjoy the movie. It truly is a Disney Masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an excellent movie!!!! June 3, 2008
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I had this movie a long time ago, and I played it until the tape snapped one day. Jurnee Smollett as the lead character, Sheyann Webb, is an amazing actress whose maturity beyond her years is noteworthy. She has incredible range, better than even some of the adult actors and actresses we see today. You really believe that she wants justice and equality when she marches with Dr. King and those in her community. I must warn any who haven't seen it, however, it is heart-wrenching as you see the faces of inequality and oppression and violence who make every attempt to thwart justice and have everything remain the way it is. Ultimately, it is a story of triumph, hope, belief, and faith.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great buy!
Published 6 days ago by Carolyn Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD, YES, GOOD
If you enjoy historical fiction, then you'll loved this movie. It is especially good to introduce your children to Black History. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Margaret Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
** If you are studying the Civil Rights Movements, this is a must see. We watched it several times. Recommend. **
Published 1 month ago by MilesMom
5.0 out of 5 stars A Civil rights story that needed to be told!
Love this movie! Used it for my Women s history class to show strong female children in the wake of adversity. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith-based but good
Showed this to a class of 8th grade SDC and Resource pull out students who are hard to impress. They were mesmerized by it. Brings up a lot of issues for discussion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vickie Nordeen
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful true story~
I bought this movie to share with my 11-year-old great-niece. I was not really familiar with this specific story, but it kept my attention. I even shed tears through part of it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by S Vance
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Movie
Selma, Lord, Selma is an accurate account of the foolishness of racism in Dallas County and Selma, Alabama. This movie should be required viewing in every classroom in the nation. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wendell F. Wentz
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
Just a down right family movies. Well put together!!! I could recommend this movies to any and everyone. Yes and Amen.
Published 4 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
great movie I loved it

where can I get a copy of the Childrens March dvd
also looking for ditchdigger's daughters
Published 4 months ago by daisy may
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
My 8 yr old son enjoyed this movie. I love Jurnee Smollett, such a great actress from childhood into adulthood!!
Published 4 months ago by chasidyross
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