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Based on recently declassified files, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Pollard explores the US government's surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sam Pollard
Martin Luther King, Jr.J. Edgar Hoover
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A. MorrowReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Much to do about nothing
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This documentary says a lot while not saying much at all. The film walks you through MLK’s dealings with Hoover & the FBI without revealing anything not already revealed elsewhere. The documentary uses historical footage as it’s foundation but it’s all stuff we’ve seen before. The director made the weird choice of not revealing the faces of people as they spoke on certain topics., he just plastered names across the screen. We aren’t told who they are. We aren’t told their relationship to MLK or the FBI. We don’t know if they’re experts are just friends. It would’ve been nice to see their faces as they spoke. In the end this documentary isn’t something you need to watch.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great documentary
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Watched this important and timely film tonight and enjoyed it very much. Well researched with a lot of historical footage and interviews. Sad to see how our government treated this phenomenal civil rights leader.
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Jim McCarthyReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
MLK - just as relevant today as he was then...
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This documentary is an important reminder of Dr. King's revolutionary idea -- that the best way to effect deep change is through non-violent means. The U.S. should be eternally grateful to him for the example that he has given to all Americans, and everyone around the world, too. We are a much better nation, thanks to him.
At the same time, MLK / FBI shows us how the existing power structure seeks to continue its oppression of certain groups which it deems as dangerous.
Some question which arise: Who is really dangerous here? Who should really be afraid? And how can we work together to reduce our fears of the other "tribe"?
14 people found this helpful
I'll Tell You WhatReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Total waste of your time - for your own good do not rent this complete piece of crap
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A picture of this movie is now shown when you look up the word disingenuous in the dictionary. I had to turn it off before my wife threw a hammer at our TV! Given all we know and everything that has been revealed about the FBI and J. Edgar, you'd think they would take their time and shine a light on the dark underbelly of this chapter of American history. Sadly this film completely misses the mark. If you want to learn more about MLK, read or listen to Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch. Leave this sad turd of a movie in the not fit for human consumption container.
10 people found this helpful
eb1048576Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Very Disappointing Film on very important topic.
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The movie makes extensive use footage taken from Hollywood movies and television shows in place of actual events and places. It’s bizarre. We see the actor Robert Stack listening to a wire tap while a narrator discusses the FBI wire taps. Or we see the actor Ephram Zimbalist (the old TV FBI show) and the announcer tries to make us think this is footage of J. Edgar Hoovers’ team plotting against MLK.

They refer to recently released information from the National Archives, but never deliver the content. What we are left with is a hodge-podge of often vague and sometimes silly comments from off screen narrators.

The targeting of MLK by the FBI is a very serious and ugly episode in our nations history. This movie is a disservice to tho use who want to understand it.
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Bill DraytonReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2021
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We Will Overcome
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This film is an honest effort to understand a turning point time, to understand many of the forces at work. This was a central focus for my generation -- then and now. It seems so distant -- eg only white male faces in the serried ranks of the Congress. And yet we all must continue the struggle today.
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MTTwinMomReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2021
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Really astounding what our federal government has the power to do when an individual with a bee in their bonnet (so to speak) is put in a position of power in government. There is so much good that people have done and continue to do in their elected positions and many who have abused it based on their personal prejudices. I thought this documentary was informative about the documents that came to light. My question is why do we not go to the extent we do with non-white people as with white people. I wonder how long, if ever, it will take to cycle through prejudices. Good piece to educate.
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Isadora TReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointed and betrayed
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This was not a high quality documentary in any respect, although it is always a pleasure to see and hear Doctor King in action. I stuck with it to the end expecting to see the evidence, or at least reference to it, that the FBI was involved in the conspiracy that lead to King’s murder. No, I am not a “conspiracy theorist” in the least. There is plenty of evidence to this effect and the King family won the civil suit in which they set out to prove this and did. This writer and this director did a great disservice to us all by skirting around this issue.
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