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4 Little Girls (1997)

TV-14 | | Documentary, History | 9 July 1997 (USA)
A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

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Spike Lee
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxine McNair Maxine McNair ... Herself - Mother of Denise McNair
Chris McNair Chris McNair ... Himself - Father of Denise McNair
Helen Pegues Helen Pegues ... Herself - Denise's Aunt
Queen Nunn Queen Nunn ... Herself - Neighbor of Denise McNair
Arthur Hanes Jr. Arthur Hanes Jr. ... Himself - Defense Attorney for Bob Chambliss
Howell Raines ... Himself - New York Times Editor
Harold McNair Harold McNair ... Himself - Denise's Uncle
Carole C. Smitherman Carole C. Smitherman ... Herself - Denise's Childhood Friend (as Carole C. Smitherman Esq.)
Wamo Reed Robertson Wamo Reed Robertson ... Herself - Carole's Aunt
Dianne Braddock Dianne Braddock ... Herself - Carole's Sister
Carolyn Lee Brown Carolyn Lee Brown ... Herself - Carole's Childhood Friend
Alpha Robertson Alpha Robertson ... Herself - Mother of Carole Robertson
Wyatt Tee Walker Wyatt Tee Walker ... Himself - Former Executive Director of SCLC
Fred Lee Shuttlesworth Fred Lee Shuttlesworth ... Himself - Pres. of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights
Florence Terrell Florence Terrell ... Herself - School Teacher
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Storyline

This film recounts the people and events leading up to the one of the most despicable hate-crimes during the height of the civil-rights movement, the bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama. In that attack, four little African-American girls lost their lives and a nation was simultaneously revolted, angered and galvanized to push the fight for equality and justice on. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Birmingham, 1963. A single explosion rocked a community and awakened a sleeping nation. See more »


Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

4 маленькие девочки See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,528, 13 July 1997

Gross USA:

$130,146

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,146
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Was inducted into the Library of Congress' National Film Registry on December 13, 2017, the day after Doug Jones, the US Attorney who prosecuted the trial, was elected to the Senate. See more »

Quotes

Wyatt Tee Walker: So we made the decision based on several things. Fred Shuttlesworth was fearless and courageous to the point of being almost insane; miraculously surviving a bombing of his home. Had taking his wife and two children trying to integrate a school with a mob of five or six hundred folks with chains and stuff like that; just an incredible human being in my view.
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4 Little Girls
Written by Pantera Saint-Montaigne
Performed by Pantera Saint-Montaigne
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Solid documentary, but do we need Jesse Jackson?
21 December 2002 | by JDOldSchoolSee all my reviews

To begin, I enjoyed 4 Little Girls. The events of September 15, 1963 should be remembered forever - the four girls are martyrs for the fight against racism. Spike Lee did an excellent job telling the story. The video and photographs of past and present Birmingham set a great scene for those not from Alabama. The Joan Baez song is heart-breaking to say the least. My only problem with the film, and for me it was a severe problem, was the inclusion of modern-day African-American "activists" in a lame attempt to connect with the modern day.

Jesse Jackson was not needed. Reggie White was not needed. Speaking for myself only, but hoping I'm not in the minority, Jesse Jackson has no credibility. He's anywhere that has a TV camera. He's all about Jesse, positively, absolutely, and positively. I don't need "The Reverend" flapping his gums about the ramifications of the Birmingham bombing. I don't need an ex-football player telling me about the bombing either. They have nothing to do with the event, and really have no place in the film.

Generally I'm not a big Spike fan, after all, I hate the Knicks. In all fairness though, the movie was excellent. 7/10.


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