Rick Kitchen January 11, 2015 Share January 11, 2015 God, Selma just tears at my soul. I can remember these events, and I'm worried that kids will think they didn't happen. In fact, what happened was even worse than what is shown on the screen. David Oyelowo brings King to life, and every actor, from top to bottom, is superb. I want to single out Henry G. Sanders, who plays Cager Lee, and Lorraine Toussant as Amelia Boynton. Especially the latter, brings so much to a rather quiet role. Historians may complain about Johnson's portrayal, but there are a lot of things that were different in this. The killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson happened in Marion, Alabama, not Selma. And they should have shown that the Reverend Reeb, who was beaten to death by white men, had to be taken to a hospital in Birmingham two hours away, because the hospital in Selma refused to treat him, even though he was white. But it's a shattering movie. Almost all of the audience in the theater where I saw it sat quietly in their seats as the credits rolled, instead of standing and leaving early. Of course, maybe John Legend and Common's song over the closing credits may have something to do with that. 9 out of 10 stars. 5 Link to comment
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