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February 7, 2017
Just saw this old film about a so-called experiment where the doctors would forbid treatments to patients because they were african-americans and to prove they would die the same way that white people would die. This would be absolutely unethical today. It was at the time but being unethical is what the english invasion was all about. The invasion was not possible any other way. Just think about it. Now that the large majority is assimilated, they can relax a notch. Well,pretty good film. Good tv film, well acted. True story. In the synopsis, they say that some were injected with syphillis but in the film, it was not clear that they were injected with it. It is rather inferred that they all had it already. I find it hard to believe that they would infect people a deadly disease without consent and without treatment in the 1930s, although the englishes are known to have done much worse to the natives before. Mmmh, it's possible. And a look online shows that it did happen. It makes sense now that so many people believe 9-11 was a government plot from the start.
½ July 9, 2013
Miss Evers' Boys tells the story of a nurse who took part in the Tuskegee experiments. The film offers insight into the experiments that most of the public knows little about. It is interesting in that the nurse has a reason for defending the completion of the project. If the viewer is looking more for an engaging story rather than historical information, they may be bored.
½ March 28, 2012
Well-made little film, good acting from the leads. Historically accurate too which was nice.
½ September 3, 2010
Very sad true story.....made my skin crawl....its amazing what humans are capable of.....
March 6, 2010
Another tragic episode in history
March 5, 2010
important. great acting.
½ November 28, 2009
almost a documentary - think carefully about race and government
August 27, 2009
Once more a truly touching and upsetting film about the injustice uneducated blacks received from whites.
February 20, 2009
Well done film ..sad reminder of the injustices done against the African American race in the name of "research". I am thankful Pres. Clinton made a public apology but, it does seem a little late. I suppose better late than never. A must see for all those that want to be informed of the past wrongs of our American history.
February 20, 2009
Very good, sad story. Of course there were elements added to move the plot along, but they didn't screw with the facts about the study.
November 18, 2008
Every once in a while, history churns up a genuine, bonafide conspiracy. We know this, because someone always finds out about it. Conspiracy Theorists seize on these moments to try to prove their case, but they forget about things like Senate Subcommittee Hearings, which most of the conspiracies have received these days. Yes, the fact of the Tuskegee Study was kept secret from its participants for decades, and no, the general public didn't know about it. But I can't help thinking that it would have been pretty easy to find out about, if you'd been looking. Certainly they got government appropriations every year, and anyone in the hospitals that received the list of those who couldn't get penicillin shots might have figured out that something was seriously wrong there.

For those still unaware, in 1932, a group of govermental physicians selected about 400 black men with syphilis and left them untreated. At the time, they were probably safer--treatments for syphilis at the time were pretty horrific, and they generally didn't work very well anyway. However, by 1947, there was penicillin, which actually works to treat the disease without the nasty side effects of, say, mercury rubs. (Really.) The study continued, however, with lists of its participants being circulated to area hospitals to prevent any of the participants from actually receiving care. The study had been intended to last forty years, and by Gods, it was going to last forty years, and nothing like a cure was going to get in the way. Of course, these were men with wives and children, and syphilis is a contagious disease--to the wives, obviously, and the children born with it--but hey, it's all for science, right?

The movie, which is based on a stage play, focuses on Eunice Evers, R.N. (Alfre Woodward), one of the supervisors of the study. She has spent her career helping members of the community, and she really does believe that the study will do her people some good. However, she becomes less and less sure of that, especially when the man she loves, Caleb Humphries (Laurence Fishburne), gets treatment and is even able to join the Army. She wonders why the others cannot receive the same shot and have the same result, but the doctors tell her they can't, and she believes them. After all, they're doctors. They wouldn't do anything to harm their patients, right?

There really was a Eunice Evers; more than that, I cannot say. It seems likely to me that she experienced doubts over the validity of the study, but I cannot fathom that anyone would not, especially watching the Tertiary Stage patients go mad and die. If, as the movie shows us, she really had come to know and befriend various of the patients, it seems certain that she really wanted the best for them. Everyone connected to the study had a reason to participate, and I think many of them thought it would actually do some good. Never mind that it's a disease that might theoretically get wiped out. There were still people who thought we needed to know how people die of it. There are people who will be able to be clinical about anything. On the one hand, we need them in order to get anything done. On the other, we need oversight in order to make sure that the thing needs to get done in the first place.

The participation of these men was initially bought for $50. It's depressing, really, that it was probably more money than most of them had seen at any one time in their lives. Oh, it's true that $50 was a lot more then than it is now, but still. To gamble for one's life for $50 in almost any time is a thing to be avoided, and it's horrifying that these men didn't even know that it was what they were doing.
April 12, 2008
The screen writing in this film as well as the performances are impeccable. Alfre Woodard and Lawrence Fishburne are inspiring.
February 27, 2008
A film more effective in its message than in its execution.
The flaws first: the acting in this movie is frankly sub-par, despite its very good cast. The movie was not sure who to focus on in terms of development, so it tried to tackle showing all of them, and it ust ending up with a lot of shallow characters.
The good parts: sets were great, I really felt like I was there. The story really conveyed the tragedy effectively, in no small part that it was so well paced.
The movie was trying to show what happened with the Tuskeegee Experiment, in which the United States government knowingly and willfully experimented on a group of black people to see the effects of syphilis over a period of time, in order to see if they reacted differently than white people, even though they had a known cure for the disease. It is a very important piece of history in illustrating very blatant racism, and reminding us that we aren't out of the woods yet.
Super Reviewer
½ February 1, 2008
This is the story of the nurse who participated in the Tuskegee experiment done in Alabama during WWII. The goverment wanted to repeat a syphilis study that had been done in Oslo during the late 1800s. Back then it was done on white men before a cure was known. This time, they wanted African American subjects because they believed they were inferior to white people.

These men were lied to. They were told they were getting treatment when in reality, they were only being studied. Even after penicillin was discovered to cure this disease, the goverment still withheld treatment from these men so the ravages of the disease could continue to be studied. They eventually developed tertiary (late stage) syphilis and went blind, crazy or had neurological deficits. They finally held a senate hearing in 1973 but by then, there were only about 127 men left out of the original 400 plus they had started with.
January 12, 2008
One of the greatest performances from Mr. Fishburne. This movie simply illuminates the stark racism that spread throughout the government during the 1930s and shows how a woman did everything in her power to help her friends.
November 21, 2007
Extraordinaria pelicula que saca a la luz en terminos modernos y a lo Al Gore una verdad inconveniente.
October 27, 2007
Great movie of ethics, leadership, and compassion.
October 21, 2007
Watched this for a class and enjoyed it!
Its about the Tuskeegee Experiment which if you know about it you should see the film and if you don't know about it SEE the movie.
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