Deacons for Defense (2003)

Deacons for Defense (2003)





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Inspired by a true story, this made-for-cable drama is set in 1965, not long after passage of the Civil Rights Act. To the African-American citizens of Bogalusa, LA, however, it is "business as usual"; they are still treated like third-class citizens, their fundamental rights as human beings persistently trampled by the white power structure, in general, and the local branch of the KKK, in particular. Like many of the local black men, war veteran Marcus (Forest Whitaker) works in the town's mill for meager wages, and must endure the ongoing humiliation meted out by his white supervisors. But when he is beaten up by the police for the "outrage" of trying to defend his own daughter, Marcus is pushed too far. Encouraged by an idealistic white Northerner (Jonathan Silverman), Marcus organizes the Deacons, an all-black defense group dedicated to patrolling the black section of town and protecting its residents from the more violent aspects of "white backlash." Telecast during Black History Month, Deacons for Defense first aired over the Showtime cable network on February 16, 2003.
R (for some violent images and language)
Drama , Television
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Robert Rehme Productions


Jonathan Silverman
as Michael Deane
Ossie Davis
as Rev. Gregory
Gene Mack
as T.J.
Beau Starr
as Neely
Mpho Koaho
as Baily
Serena Lee
as Lucille
Adam Weiner
as Hillibrand
Paulino Nunes
as Lawson
Boyd Banks
as Weber
Tim Burd
as Conley
Daniel Kash
as Slocum
Jonathan Potts
as Garrison
James Carroll
as Martinson
Calvin Green
as Joshua
Stan Coles
as Highsmith
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Nice Film, especially if your into to old days and knowing how black people where treated like shit!!!

Jamisa David
Jamisa David

[size=4]:up: I loved the way the tables were turned during the Civil Rights movement in Louisiana. I love pulling for the underdogs in any movie-with this being a true story, it just makes it even better.[/size]

Brandy Talbott
Brandy Talbott

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