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Selma (2014)

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A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.



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Won 1 Oscar. Another 58 wins & 88 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Gunnar Jahn
Girl #1
Girl #2
Girl #3
Ebony Billups ...
Girl #4
Girl #5 (as Nadej Bailey)
Elijah Oliver ...
Boy #1
Clay Chappell ...
President's Secretary


The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's "Selma" tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. Written by Miss W J Mcdermott

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One dream can change the world. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Selma - La strada per la libertà  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$633,173, 2 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It's not mentioned in the film, but Diane Nash and James Bevel were married during the time period covered. They married in 1961, had 2 children, and divorced in 1968 (the same year King was assassinated). See more »


President Johnson is shown giving the voting rights speech in front of what appears to be the the Senate (individual desks shown) with the Speaker of the House and the Vice President behind him. This speech was given properly in front of the joint session in the House chamber (which has just seats rather than desks). The room depicted isn't correct for the Senate chamber either. Neither chamber has windows as shown. See more »


President Lyndon B. Johnson: There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.
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The initial credits are shown over stills from the film and from promotional materials. See more »


Featured in 72nd Golden Globe Awards (2015) See more »


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Written by Curtis Mayfield (as Curtis L. Mayfield)
Performed by The Impressions
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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a man who has all responsibility of one race in entire continent only at his thirties
7 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

Selma one more time reminds us how black people gained their rights in USA. We watch an important part of Martin Luther King's war which he dedicated his life. There are lots of production about racism in USA which is one of their biggest dishonors with atomic bombs. Yet, Selma is different from processors with telling not the life story of Martin Luther King but a short period of his campaign which has big impacts for the whole movement. King is already a well-known and appreciated person in world history. For people who didn't study American history in rest of the world, movie gives us a chance to know about Selma – Montgomery march which is a big milestone in Martin Luther King's civil disobedience.

After opening with a shocking scene, movie keeps same harsh texture as same as historical conditions bring to the real world it tells. Actually it takes a general look to social struggles of American people with using a short period of time and with a specific right that blacks try to gain. Fire of tension is kept alive along the whole movie. Most shining part of movie is David Oyelowo who is not just playing but living Martin Luther King. Such a convincing performance shows how much he interiorized his role. Other salient point is the brave language at telling the ideas and beliefs of politicians at their time. From president Lyndon B. Johnson to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, from Kennedy to Alabama governor George Wallace many powerful figures find place in movie with their crystal cold renditions. Mentioning Malcolm X himself and responses of his acts in White House, also showing the tracing records and conspiracies about Martin Luther King are very brave choices with such clear language. I t is obviously a hard movie like a stone which is thrown to the head of narrow-minded societies.

As a costume drama, I can say that we have a successful result of devoted hard work. Scene settings, costumes and make up help us to feel the essence of time. If a movie pushes you to research what it tells after you leave theater I consider it as an influential one.

The movie gives us a good opportunity to watch a man who has all responsibility of one race in entire continent only at his thirties.

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