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Roads to Memphis 

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This film tells the story of an assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their ... See full summary »

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Stephen Ives
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Episode credited cast:
Daniel Amigone Daniel Amigone ... Bartender - Jerry Ray - FBI investigator
Robert Byrd ... Himself (archive footage)
John Campbell John Campbell ... Himself
Ramsey Clark Ramsey Clark ... Himself
Dorothy Cotton Dorothy Cotton ... Herself
Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
Wayne Flynt Wayne Flynt ... Himself
Arthur Hanes Arthur Hanes ... Himself
Benjamin Hooks Benjamin Hooks ... Himself
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself (archive footage)
B. Venson Hughes B. Venson Hughes ... Himself
Jesse Jackson ... Himself (archive footage)
Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Samuel Kyles Samuel Kyles ... Himself
Henry Loeb Henry Loeb ... Himself (archive footage)
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This film tells the story of an assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis in April 1968. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roads to Memphis: The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.: American Experience See more »

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WGBH See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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This is a really exceptional film....
5 October 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This edition of "The American Experience" concerns the last weeks of the life of Martin Luther King and focuses in on his murderer, James Earl Ray. Ray's life and progression from an ordinary jerk in the prison system to a murderer is shown as well as the steps taken to locate him and bring him to justice.

Oddly, despite Martin Luther King being such a famous man and his accomplishments celebrated in American schools, his death is something talked about far less. While I knew quite a bit about King, I realized in watching this film just how ignorant I was of these facts about his killing--and I am a retired history teacher! The exceptionally well-crafted film is full of great details, interviews and information that really helped put this all into context. While very, very sad, the film is something everyone should see--a great documentary in every way.


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