Deacons of Defense (Region 1 DVD)

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They were defiant. They were determined. They were not going down without a fight. With the whole world watching, these men stood up to the Ku Klux Klan and changed their lives, their town, and their country forever... The moving, inspirational.

Product Details

Barcode
758445109320
Department
Movies & TV
Released
31 Jan 2006
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Sub-genre
Drama
Region
Region 1
Studio
Showtime Ent.
Runtime
78 min
Age Restriction
R
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Deacons for Defense
Release Year
2003
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Television / 1960s / African Americans / Black History Month / Cable Original / Historical / History / Race Relations / Racism / True Story
Synopsis
Years before the Black Panthers, a black militia group known as the Deacons for Defense and Justice rose to protect the civil rights of African Americans by any means necessary. This made-for-cable movie tells the little-known story of the Deacons' creation, with the always impressive Forest Whitaker starring as the group's founder, Marcus (a composite character of real-life members). A mill worker in a racist Louisiana town, Marcus forms the Deacons as a defense against the mounting brutality of the Ku Klux Klan at the dawn of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As the Klan's racist violence increases, and a team of nonviolent activists comes to town to organize, Marcus' armed military group becomes more and more resigned to fighting force with force, setting the stage for a fatal confrontation between the Deacons and the KKK. Director Bill Duke infuses this hidden chapter of American history with an affecting documentary style and strong supporting turns from Jonathan Silverman and the great Ossie Davis.
Release Notes
DVD Features:
  • Region [unknown]
  • Keep Case
  • Full Frame - 1.33
Interactive Features:
  • Scene Access
  • Interactive Menus
Cast & Crew
Director
Bill Duke
Star
Forest Whitaker / Ossie Davis / Serena Lee / Jonathan Silverman / Adam Weiner
Screenwriter
Frank Military / Richard Wesley
Composer
Michel Colombier
Producer
Nick Grillo / Mark Anthony Little / Robert Rehme
Director of Photography
Ron Stannett
Editor
Harry Keramidas
Production Designer
Peter Emmink
Costume Designer
Tamara Winston