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With All Deliberate Speed (2004)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
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Directed by Hoop Dreams producer Peter Gilbert, With All Deliberate Speed is a reflection on the state of civil rights in America 50 years after the May 17, 1954, unanimous Supreme Court ruling stating that the doctrine of "separate but equal" was inconsistent with the constitution of the United States. This documentary offers a glance into the lives of the unsung heroes in the struggle for America's desegregation. A series of intimate interviews, eyewitness accounts, and unique original footage


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Nathan Antila

Jan 25, 2005

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All too ironically titled as it details in lethargic and sometimes convoluted fashion the stories of the many heroic and often unsung figures involved.

July 6, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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Sober and honorable, yet it's far from searching.

May 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The struggle it illuminates may continue today, and for a while to come. The battle continues. But its first veterans command our immediate respect.

May 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Gets most of its juice from listening to groups of people who were students and activists in segregated Clarendon County, S.C., and Prince Edward County, Va., during the years leading up to the case.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Few viewers are likely to learn much from the film about what the momentous court decision half a century ago was really all about, or how to meaningfully address the inequities that still plague our public schools.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It's a great concept -- but it's done in by an unfocused and uninspired presentation.

May 14, 2004
New York Post
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The film's saddest contention is that five decades later American public schools remain economically segregated by economics, which too often produces classrooms whose complexions have changed little since the pre-Brown era.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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It deserves a place alongside such other essential civil rights documentaries as Eyes on the Prize and Freedom on My Mind.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Straightforward and informative, but overlong and repetitious.

May 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Audience Reviews for With All Deliberate Speed

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[font=Century Gothic][color=navy]"With All Deliberate Speed" is a documentary made on the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education which struck down the doctrine of separate but equal established in Plessy v. Ferguson(1896) and ordered the desegregation of schools 'with all deliberate speed.' It looks at the events leading up to the momentous decision and also afterwards focusing on two of the five school districts named in the suit, Clarendon County, SC and Prince Edward County, Va. Clarendon County has fared the worse of the two districts and continues to fight in the courts for suitable education.(One of the reasons a quality public education is important is possibly allowing some of its poorer citizens to escape a perpetual cycle of poverty.) I already knew most of the history involved, so I would have liked it if this documentary had focused on more of the events following the decision, especially on the battle over busing in Boston in the 1970's to show that segregated schools are not simply a phenomenon of the South.[/color][/font]
September 12, 2005
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