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Drama about a Reconstruction Era ex-slave, portrayed by heavyweight champion Ali, who is elected to the U.S. Senate and subsequently killed while trying to obtain total freedom for his race. Based on a novel by Howard Fast.

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Available on Running time 186 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Civil Rights, Books to Film: Howard Fast, Period Piece: 19th Century
Ron O'Neal, Edward Herrmann, John McLiam, Ernest Dixon, Alfre Woodard, Kris Kristofferson, Muhammad Ali
Jan Kadar
Zev Braun Television

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Arthur W. Smith, Jr.

This is an excellent film. The story reminds me of the promising future that America had at the end of the Civil War. Blacks left slavery with nothing but the promise that the party of Lincoln would protect their equal rights as citizens of a new Republic. Poor whites worked and lived side-by-side with former slaves. The Federal government protected the rights ensured by the recently passed 13th, 14th, and the 15th Amendments. However, all of the freedoms and hope for a better life for poor blacks and poor whites were extinguished as Reconstruction came came to a violent end. This is a must see film because Senator Barack Obama, like Gideon, is attempting to fulfill the promise of equality that thousands of blacks and whites fought and died for during the Civil War. The film ends in violence as the white power structure regains control of state legislatures, and all of the civil rights enjoyed by blacks are stripped away. The final scene is a haunting look into the eyes a small black boy. All Americans should view this movie within the context of current political realities. Barack Obama is the 5th African American to serve as a U.S. Senator. He is only the 3rd to serve since Reconstruction. He is an heir of all blacks who were denied Constitutional rights until the Civil Rights movement and new Federal legislation came along to restore equality.