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Roads to Memphis

3.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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This is the story of an assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis in April 1968. The film will explore the wildly disparate, yet fatefully entwined stories of Ray and King to create a complex, engaging and thought-provoking portrait of America in the crisis-laden year of 1968.

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  • Actors: .
  • Directors: Steve Ives
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037BBKYE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,860 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bigotry is alive in America now just as it was during the 1960s. This movie illustrates how Martin Luther King was hated because people fear change, and President Obama is hated for the same reason. We haven't progressed as much as we'd like to think we have. A loser by the name of James Earl Ray gains everlasting infamy by connecting his name with Dr. King. This DVD is a good companion to the book by Hampton Sides entitled Hellhound on His Trail. Whereas the book delves more into the police work involved in bringing Ray to justice this DVD does not. F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover loathed Dr. King and did all he could to discredit him. However, when King was assassinated Hoover wanted the assassin brought to justice, not because King was murdered, but because if the culprit wasn't captured it would reflect badly on Hoover's F.B.I. This DVD held my interest from start to finish and it brought back memories, albeit bad ones, of those 1960s which I remember so well. This DVD would also be appropriate to show to middle and high school students.
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This is an excellent documentary that combines interviews with biographers/historians/Civil Rights activists woven together with dramatization and archival footage, recordings, photos, written documents to tell the stories of two men whose destinies met in Memphis in April of 1968. It makes clear what Martin Luther King, Jr. sought to accomplished with his final actions and the path he set out for other Americans to follow. If we do not, our nation will continue to produce too many men like James Earl Ray, regardless of color.
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Part of the "American Experience" PBS DVD series, Roads to Memphis: The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. is a compelling documentary on DVD from Emmy Award-winning director Stephen Ives. Portraying the setting, historical events, and societal forces in motion up to the fateful day when James Earl Ray killed the widely beloved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Road to Memphis features testimony from people close to King as well as the officials who took part in Ray's capture and prosecution, and a guest appearance by Hampton sides, the award-winning author of a forthcoming book about the assassination ("Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin"). An extraordinarily vivid saga of true-life bloodshed and its repercussions, Roads to Memphis is powerful, unforgettable, and a choice pick for public library DVD collections. 90 minutes, widescreen, closed captioned.
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Everything was great and prompt on this order. The video is quite compelling with the evidence it provides about the activities of James Earl Ray before the shooting. I have no doubt he shot Dr. King. I wonder the source of the all the spendable cash he seemed to have without gainful employment. I recommend this video to anyone interested in the details of the Dr. King shooting.
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The footage about MLK is good. The disinformation about James Earl Ray is more of the same from the kind of people who brought you propaganda like "The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy." If you watch the video, count the number of times that someone who never met James Earl Ray speaks with absolute certainty and authority about exactly what Ray was thinking at every point in time. Compare that to the complete lack of discussion about ballistic evidence, and the lack of any statements by Ray or anything giving his version of the events. Add to that the complete omission of any discussion of the 1999 trial "Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III, Bernice King, Dexter Scott King and Yolanda King Vs. Loyd Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators," which proved a conspiracy and showed that the bullet that killed King was not from the Ray's alleged rifle. This video is very much like "Beyond Conspiracy" in that it assiduously avoids relevant facts. and provides one-sided, unsupported conclusions, opinions, and examples of apparent clairvoyance.

When they start trotting out people like Gerald Posner and Dan Rather (who has no first hand knowledge of anything in these propaganda videos but, since he used to read the news, adds an air of truthfulness to people who believe everything said by an anchorman) then you know you're in for some creative fiction.
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