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King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis

Original title
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
Year
Running time
185 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
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Cast
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Producer
Commonwealth United Entertainment
Genre
Documentary | Biography
Synopsis / Plot
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery To Memphis is a 1970 American documentary film biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented in the form of newsreel footage and segments of recordings by Dr. King, framed by celebrity narrators, including Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, Clarence Williams III, Burt Lancaster, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, Harry Belafonte, The movie was produced by Richard Kaplan and Ely Landau.

When first released, it was shown in theaters as a "one-time-only" event on March 24, 1970. The documentary, which ran an unprecedented 3 hours and 5 minutes, had an equally large admission price of $5 (equal to $28 in 2007). All proceeds were donated to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Special Fund. It was later shown on commercial television (unedited and with limited interruption), and finally released onto home video on the Pacific Arts label, where the celebrity narrations (save for Harry Belafonte's introduction) were removed, and ran for 1 hour and 43 minutes.
It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Features. In 1999, the film was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Awards
1970: Academy Awards: Nominated for Best Documentary, Features
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