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Three Days At Foster (How Integration Turned the Tide) (2013)

Keith Dunnavant  |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Directors: Keith Dunnavant
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: ShadowVision Productions
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FFGKN88
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The untold story of the courageous athletes who shattered the color barrier at the University of the shadow of segregationist Gov. George Wallace's defiant stand at Foster Auditorium...and how these civil rights pioneers tapped into a force more powerful than hate. While laying the foundation for Nick Saban's new-age Bama dynasty, these athletes helped Alabamians begin to see beyond black and white. Featuring exclusive interviews with Wilbur Jackson, the Jackie Robinson of Alabama football; Dock Rone, Andrew Pernell and Arthur Dunning, who walked on to the all-white Bama team in 1967 but have been lost to history (until now); Wendell Hudson, the first African-American basketball player for the Crimson Tide; and Danny Treadwell, who integrated the state high school basketball tournament at Foster, just 33 months after Wallace's infamous stand. An official selection of the 2013 Sidewalk Film Festival and All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival. "Simply an unforgettable film...Keith Dunnavant has taken one of the seminal moments in the civil rights movement and peeled off a new layer that is both haunting and gut-wrenching." --Paul Finebaum, ESPN. "An incredible piece of filmmakng...The little-known back story of how the love of sports---particularly Alabama football---eventually made people of the region put aside their long-held prejudices and accept the inevitable change...A story of courage, determination and, ultimately, redemption." ---Tony Barnhart, CBS Sports. "A championship effort by Dunnavant, who allows THREE DAYS AT FOSTER to expose dark times in Tuscaloosa that ultimately give way to a brighter day, not only for a team but a state..." ---Tom Lindley, CNHI News Service.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see film September 25, 2013
"Three Days at Foster" is an emotional, eye-opening film. I saw it during a special screening in my hometown in Georgia, and it moved me greatly. I was a college student at the time most of the events depicted in the film were happening, and like many others, I didn't understand the hardships so many of those people experienced while trying to break down the barriers. I was struck by the nobility and humility of these young men, including Wilbur Jackson, the first black man to play football at Alabama, and their families. I will never watch another Alabama football game without thinking about these incredible men and how they paved the way for the world we know today. I wish that everyone in America could see this film. It truly shows the power of sports to help us see beyond black and white.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful documentary, well worth it October 6, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. I'm so happy that these stories have been preserved with this film, especially because they are told by people that were on the frontlines. This will certainly add another layer of significance when visiting Foster Auditorium.

I'm very pleased to have purchased this movie and would highly recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary September 28, 2013
"Three Days at Foster" is a very well-researched, skillfully presented account of experiences and observations of players, coaches, students, journalists, and others during the integration of University of Alabama sports teams. Even with the broad range and large number of people interviewed in this film, the focus firmly stays on the central figures in the story, the early black athletes. The film is visually pleasing and interesting, it offers many touching and inspiring moments, and suspense builds until the significance of the "third day" is revealed--all contributing to drawing me in and holding my close attention from beginning to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This documentary is riveting because 50 years after the fact, we learn new, relevent information about racial issues in Alabama.

We learn coach Paul "Bear" Bryant was ahead of the curve integrating his football team at the University of Alabama.

We also see the national myth debunked that the 1970 Alabama-Southern Cal game - featuring USC's black tailback Sam "Bam" Cunningham, who literally ran all over Alabama - had nothing to do with Bryant integrating his team. Bryant's first black recruit, Wilbur Jackson - already on scholarship but ineligible as a freshman - watched the game from the stands. It's a fact of which few Alabama fans are aware.

Keith Dunnanvant's documentary pulls back the curtain to show what was really happening in Alabama athletics during the pinnacle of the civil rights movement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three Days at Foster a great film of our time! September 25, 2013
I have had the opportunity to watch Three Days at Foster and I was sincerely moved by the film. The day that the 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed I was on 19th Street @ First Methodist Downtown. I felt the bomb go off. My Dad came to get us out of Sunday School and we went home. I was 7 years old at the time and I had no idea what was happening. As time went on I had the great fortune to be able to become a Student Athletic Trainer for The University of Alabama. When I got to Alabama I had already been shown that people were just people no matter who they were. At Alabama I developed some great friendships from the teams we had during the '70's that still last to this day. Coach Bryant made it very clear that we were a team, period. We were very successful during those days on the football field. We all knew that there were some great people who had come before us to prepare the way for us. Until I saw Three Days at Foster I thought I knew the whole story of integration of Alabama Football. I did not know the whole story. This movie is about much more than Alabama Athletics. This is about how we as a country struggled with a great discourse. It is about some individuals who decided to think outside the lines and who were responsible for themselves. And in being responsible for themselves they helped move a society forward even though the "society" never knew their names until now. It is very interesting to me that the individuals who are depicted in this story have been able to be successful in their lives even though they did not play in the NFL like so many people hope they will be able to do to change their circumstance. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! January 20, 2014
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Movie was great, I purchased it for my father. He loved it, as he loves his Alabama Football!
Also, the people at Three Days At Foster, where I purchased this dvd were excellent to work with. I had some concerns about delivery (due to MY late ordering) and they were very helpful. Communication was great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars History January 15, 2014
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This was great. These events happened during my days as a teenager and I was at Butler High School the year our basketball team won state championship. I was also at the game.
Have been an Alabama fan all my life.
Remember so many of these events and experienced many.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great To Be Able To Source This Documentary
An excellent treatment of one of the significant events in the civil rights movement. Highly recommend. The material adds information to this event.
Published 7 months ago by Bedrock
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll Tide
Interesting story on the integration of the University of Alabama. Powerful film. Very pleased with product and delivery. Roll Tide.
Published 8 months ago by Richard Trimm
5.0 out of 5 stars Bama Hubby
I bought this as a gift for my husband because he's such a big Bama fan. He says he enjoyed it.
Published 8 months ago by Tangela C. Lane
4.0 out of 5 stars Three Days at Foster a winner!
Important story well produced and explained. Especially interesting for those who "grew up" during those times. Keith Dunavant is outstanding!
Published 9 months ago by tom somerville
5.0 out of 5 stars For sports fans and non-sports fans alike
THREE DAYS AT FOSTER is a must-see documentary for sports fans and non-sports fans alike. It's gripping, fast pace, touching, honest, and smart. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Candler Budd
5.0 out of 5 stars Permanent and Long Overdue Recognition for These Pioneers in Their Own...
"Three Days at Foster" is the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the integration of the University of Alabama athletic program. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ronald Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars New wrinkle on old story
Growing up in Alabama I was close to the turmoil of the 60s when George Wallace took his stand in the schoolhouse door, but still too young to fully understand what came... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sellstar
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