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Prom Night in Mississippi
Prom Night in Mississippi
Actors: Morgan Freeman, Chasidy Buckley, Jessica Shivers, Bucky Smith
Director: Paul Saltzman
Genres: Documentary, African American Cinema
NR     2010     1hr 30min

In 1970, the town of Charleston, Mississippi, allowed black students into their white high school, but refused to integrate the senior prom. Twenty-seven years later, Charleston resident and Academy Award--winning actor Mo...  more »


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Actors: Morgan Freeman, Chasidy Buckley, Jessica Shivers, Bucky Smith
Director: Paul Saltzman
Genres: Documentary, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Docurama, African American Cinema
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/26/2010
Release Year: 2010
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Segregation dies a slow death
Leif E. Johnson | California | 02/22/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A must see film. Morgan Freeman did a great service to this community by being a catalyst for change. The students of this small Mississippi town made history by showing the courage to resist racism and stand up to the stale tradition of their parents. End the Cycle of hate. I show this film in my U.S. history class and students are amazed to see segregation being practiced today. A great learning experience. HBO films did a great job with this documentary as they always do with their films especially great thought provoking documentaries like this one."
Excellent film
echoes of empires | San Francisco, CA USA | 05/08/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I came to this movie with great interest, having attending the first integrated prom in a small MS town in 1984. Freeman did some talking and interaction with students and school officials in the opening part of the movie, but it really documented the kids' attitudes, as well as some of the adults. The filmmakers tried to be as honest-candid as possible, and folks were quite open, the kids most of all, though given the intensely touchy nature of blatant racism, much was left unsaid, especially the more strident racist views - which continue to exist today. The movie walks you through Freeman making the proposition to the school council and then the senior class, all the way through to the prom - kids getting ready, lots of interviews with individuals and friends and couples - black and white, kids and adults. There were no shattering insights about why racism continues to exist, but what people did say was very meaningful to hear, touching on how it affects nearly every aspect of their daily lives. I was rapt throughout. And I'm certainly very grateful to Mr. Morgan for taking the steps that he did. With any luck - and hard work - this change in folks' attitudes will stick, and grow. A very good documentary about a serious and neglected subject.