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128 min
Biography | Drama | History
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Ava DuVernay
Won Oscar. Another 33 wins & 71 nominations
Country: UK
Release Date: 2015-01-09
Filming Locations: Marietta, Georgia, USA
Budget: $20,000,000
Opening Weekend: $11,307,394 (USA) (3 February 2015)
Gross: $49,550,204 (USA) (22 February 2015)
David Oyelowo
Martin Luther King Jr.
Carmen Ejogo
Coretta Scott King
Jim France
Gunnar Jahn
Trinity Simone
Girl #1
Mikeria Howard
Girl #2
Jordan Christina Rice
Girl #3
Ebony Billups
Girl #4
Nadej k Bailey
Girl #5
Elijah Oliver
Boy #1
Oprah Winfrey
Annie Lee Cooper
Clay Chappell
Tom Wilkinson
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Haviland Stillwell
President's Secretary
André Holland
Andrew Young
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Bayard Rustin
Colman Domingo
Ralph Abernathy
Omar J. Dorsey
James Orange
Tessa Thompson
Diane Nash
James Bevel
Lorraine Toussaint
Amelia Boynton
David Morizot
Assaulting White Man
David Dwyer
Chief Wilson Baker
E. Roger Mitchell
Frederick Reese
Dylan Baker
J. Edgar Hoover
Ledisi Anibade Young
Mahalia Jackson
Kent Faulcon
Sullivan Jackson
Merriwether Stormy
Jackson's Daughter
Niecy Nash
Richie Jean Jackson
Corey Reynolds
Rev. C.T. Vivian
Wendell Pierce
Rev. Hosea Williams
Stephan James
John Lewis
John Lavelle
Roy Reed
Trai Byers
James Forman
Keith Stanfield
Jimmie Lee Jackson
Henry G. Sanders
Cager Lee
Charity Jordan
Viola Lee Jackson
Stan Houston
Sheriff Jim Clark
Tim Roth
Gov. George Wallace
Greg Chandler Maness
Nigel Thatch
Malcolm X
Stephen Root
Colonel Al Lingo
Michael Papajohn
Major Cloud
Brian Kurlander
Voice on Recorder (voice)
Jeremy Strong
James Reeb
Elizabeth Diane Wells
Marie Reeb (as Elizabeth Wells Berkes)
Tara Ochs
Viola Liuzzo
David Silverman
Anthony Luizzo
Charles Saunders
Dexter Tillis
Angry Marcher
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Fred Gray
Alessandro Nivola
John Doar
Michael Shikany
Archbishop Iakovos
Brandon O'Dell
Reeb's Companion
Dane Davenport
Klansman #1
Brandon Carroll
Klansman #2
Mark Cabus
State Attorney
Christine Horn
Female Marcher
Dan Triandiflou
ABC Journalist
Jody Thompson
White Marcher
Kenny Cooper
Black Marcher
Montrel Miller
Young Marcher
Charles Black
Elder Marcher
Zipporah Carter
Self Defense Trainee
Willean Lacy
Self Defense Trainee
Dawn Young-McDaniel
Volunteer Doctor (as Dawn Young)
Kathy Alderman
Angry white woman
Tim Battle
Dallas County Deputy
Scotty Bishop
Racist Spectator
Andrew Bleidner
LBJ'sMarine Guard / Ahite House Aide
Qualen Bradley
Male Marcher
Aaron Brewstar
Alabama state trooper / Selma Alabama police
Ronan Brookes
Montgomery Police Officer
Jeffery James Bucchino
Christopher Anthony Carr
Racist Spectator /
Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut
Church / Funeral Attendant
John Collier
Montgomery Police Officer
Clint Crane
National Guardsman
Shannon Edwards
Raven Ferguson
Female Marcher
Ryan Fontaine
National Guardsman
Samuel Lee Fudge
Young Marcher
J.J. Green
AngelAnn Green-Orr
Church Attendant, Funeral Attendant, Diner student, speech attendant, Aid
Roger A. Harrison
Walter Hendrix III
AA eFx Marcher
Donald Horner
Court room attendant
Thomas Hughes
Deputized Klansman
Wayne Hughes
Vice President, Hubert Humphrey
Amy Elizabeth Jones
Andrea Jones
Thom McGlon
Sheriff Posseman
Kyle McMahon
Senator John J. Williams
John Merical
Gordon Meyer
Deputy Sheriff
Joseph Oliveira
National Guardsman
Amahre Palmer
Civil Rights Activist
Todd Sassano
National Guardsman
Patti Schellhaas
Congressional Aide
Carol Anne Taylor
White Supporter / Singer
Jasmine Taylor
Female Marcher
Mike Taylor
Man on Street
Travis Turner
Press / Reporter
Earlene M. Vaughn
Rachelle Wicker
Female Marcher
Harry Belafonte
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Knox Bentley
Triage Doctor (uncredited)
Judy McGee Burley
Corey Champagne
Marcus Chase
Husband Mahaia Jackson (uncredited)
Yamanee Coleman
Church Attendant / Funeral Attendant (uncredited)
Sammy Davis Jr.
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bennett Wayne Dean Sr.
Alabama State Trooper (uncredited)
Doris Dean
Racist White Spectator (uncredited)
Ken Dohse
Reporter /
John Fleischmann
Senator in U.S. Capitol Chamber (uncredited)
Fred Galle
Alabama State Attorney (uncredited)
Christine Hameed
Extra at Court House (uncredited)
Cassandra Hollis
Funeral Attendant (uncredited)
Charlandra L. Jacobs
Stand-in (uncredited)
SNCC Member (uncredited)
Cheri Marcelle
Triage Nurse (uncredited)
Jamall Rashaud McMillan
Demonstrator (uncredited)
Samuel Oden
Male Marcher
Sherod Ogletree
Church Member (uncredited)
Darla Pelton-Perez
On Looker (uncredited)
Martin Sheen
Frank Minis Johnson (uncredited)
Wenzell Washington
Courthouse Marcher (uncredited)
Shakesha Williams
Susan Willis
White On-looker (uncredited)
Jessica Yoshimura
Registered Nurse (uncredited)
Did you know?
The film has caused a minor controversy regarding its depiction of President Lyndon Johnson (Tom Wilkinson). Various historians, critics and journalists have disputed the film's depiction of Johnson as a reluctant supporter of Voting Rights and an opponent of the Selma March. By most accounts, Johnson was in fact a strong ally of the Civil Rights movement and supporter of the march, albeit with a good deal of pressure from Martin Luther King and other activists.
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Tim Roth who plays Alabama Governor George Wallace grew up during the Civil Rights Era and said he remembers George Wallace, being "amazed at what was coming out of his mouth" and thought of him as a "monster".
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Although she receives no screen writing credit, Ava DuVernay claimed to have done a 90% rewrite of Paul Webb's original script, including writing all of King's speeches.
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Toward end of the movie, there is a white man sitting at a table smoking a cigarette. On the right-hand side of the table there is a plastic bottle of Fiji water.
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As the first march to Montgomery begins, an establishing shot shows a sign with an italicized "PEPSI" logo. That italicized logo style was not introduced by Pepsi until 1991.
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Dr. King is shown replacing a transparent plastic trash bin liner. In 1965, home garbage cans were lined with a paper shopping bag, if at all.
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Martin Luther King Jr.: Our lives are not fully lived if we're not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe.
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President Lyndon B. Johnson: And we shall overcome.
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Martin Luther King Jr.: Selma it is.
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Why is the movie titled Selma?
Theres a reason why Ava DuVernays film is called Selma and not King. Like Spielbergs Lincoln, Selma is as much about the procedures of political maneuvering, in-fighting and bargaining as it is about the chief orchestrator of the resulting deals. Selma affords Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the same human characteristics of humor, frustration and exhaustion that Lincoln provided its President. This relatable humanity elevates Kings actions and his efforts. It inspires by suggesting that the reverence for Dr. King was bestowed on a person no different than any of us. If he can provoke change, we have no excuse not to as well.
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Giovanni Ribisi John Archer Lundgren
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