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Malcolm X (1972)

James Earl Jones narrates this fascinating and moving documentary about the life of the assassinated black leader through various sources.

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Arnold Perl

Writers:

Alex Haley (book), Malcolm X (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Earl Jones ... Biographical Narration (voice)
Ossie Davis ... Eulogy (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Ali John Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
Leon Ameer Leon Ameer ... Himself (archive footage)
Vida Blue Vida Blue ... Himself (archive footage)
H. Rap Brown H. Rap Brown ... Himself (archive footage) (as Rap Brown)
John Carlos John Carlos ... Himself (archive footage)
Stokely Carmichael ... Himself (archive footage)
Eldridge Cleaver ... Himself (archive footage)
Ella Collins Ella Collins ... Herself - Remarks After Death of Malcolm X (archive footage)
Angela Davis ... Herself (archive footage)
Lee Evans Lee Evans ... Himself - 1968 Olympics (archive footage) (as L. Evans)
Charles Evers ... Himself (archive footage)
James Farmer ... Himself - Remarks After Death of Malcolm X (archive footage)
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James Earl Jones narrates this fascinating and moving documentary about the life of the assassinated black leader through various sources.

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Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1972 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
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Connections

Features The Littlest Rebel (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Strange Fruit
Written by Lewis Allan (uncredited)
Sung by Billie Holiday
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Excellent portrait of a great, but complex man
17 October 2003 | by ericcodySee all my reviews

Malcolm X, a 1972 documentary, is like the man himself great, extraordinary, tragic, and in the end triumphant. This documentary is excellent reference material for anyone who has read his autobiography or has seen Spike Lee's 1992 film of the same name. I often compare this documentary to another gem Martin Luther King: From Montgomery To Memphis (1970).The producers of Malcolm X allows the man through a montage of footage of his speeches, voice overs, and occasional narration by James Earl Jones and an appearance by Louis Farrakhan formerly known as Louis X to speak for himself. The producers of this film knew not to include people whom would give many opinions of Malcolm X, therefore compromising an understandable portrait of the man. This style of documenting ones life is rarely seen today, but needs to return. The viewer is left with a sympathetic, but proud feeling of having had such an intelligent, brilliant, but often flawed man on earth, even just for a little while. I rate this movie **** excellent. Check it out, it is on video.


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