Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Ava DuVernay
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 58 wins & 88 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min

I accept this honor for our lost ones,

whose deaths pave our path.

And for the 20 million

Negro men and women

motivated by dignity

and a disdain for hopelessness.

This isn't right.


This ain't right.

What's that?

This necktie. It's not right.

Well, it's not a necktie, dear.

It's an ascot.

Yes, but generally the same principles

should apply, shouldn't they?

It's not right.

It's not right, or you don't like it?

I don't like how this looks.

Looks distinguished and debonair

to me.

You know what I mean.

Like we're living high on the hog.

Dressed like this

while folks back home are...

It's not right.

Wait till the brothers back home

see me like this.

They'll have a good laugh.

Let them laugh.

It's not a crime to be away

for a few days, Martin.

It's nice being away, huh?

Yeah. It really is.

Look here.

I'm gonna be a pastor

somewhere small.

College town.

Lead a little church. Teach a class.

Maybe the occasional

speaking engagement.

And I'll pay all the bills for us,

especially the mortgage

for our very own house.


You look handsome.

Through it all,

Martin Luther King has

spoken of his dream.

One which we

and many other people

around the world share.

To this undeterred hero for justice,

the Nobel Committee of Oslo, Norway,

awards our 1964 Peace Prize.

I accept this honor for our lost ones,

whose deaths pave our path.

I accept this honor for the more than

20 million American Negroes

who are motivated by dignity.

Together we believe that

what the illusion

of supremacy has destroyed,

the truth of equality can nourish.

I promise you.

It ain't nothing to be scared of.

It's quick.

And the pastor is right there next to you.

Yeah, but the biggest thing

is getting your hair wet up.

I got my hair pressed that same morning

and it was wasted

as soon as I hit the water.

I should have worn a swim cap

like Mama said.

See, I asked my mama

could she make my hair like

Coretta Scott King had hers

at the Washington March.

But she said that was too grown.

Oh, I love her hair.

I heard she don't even put rollers in it.

It's just like that.

But I studied it. I know how she do it.

See, she parts in the middle and then...

Annie Lee Cooper!

Get on up now. I ain't got all day.

You work for Mr. Dunn

down at the rest home, ain't that right?


Wonder what old Dunn'll say

when I tell him

one of his gals is down here

stirring a fuss.

I ain't stirring no fuss.

I'm just here trying to register to vote.

It's all right this time.

It's right when I say it's right.

Recite the Constitution's preamble.

Know what a preamble is?

"We the people of the United States,

"in order to form a more perfect union,

"establish justice,

"ensure domestic tranquility,

"provide for the common defense,

promote the general welfare..."

How many county judges in Alabama?


Name them.

Aren't we done?

Are we not done with this?

- Will this ever end?

- I don't know, Mr. President.

A comprehensive plan

is already in place.

The act was only passed

six months ago.

So hammer home that

impatience only hurts the overall cause.

We're... We're getting there.

Just... Just keep reiterating the plan.

No, he doesn't want reiteration.

He wants something so he can say,

"Look, I told you I had a dream

"and it's all coming goddamn true,

whether you like it or not!"

That's what he wants.

What he needs to do

is get on board with what we're doing

instead of the other way around.

For once!

Mr. President, Dr. King.

Mr. President.

Dr. King.

Well, I'll tell you.

I'm a tall son-of-a-bitch,

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