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Cast: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth

Release Date: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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  1. Lisa Brackett  •  Jan 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I am a little disappointed that you did not discuss the negative portrayal of Lynden Johnson. President Johnson was not a deterrent to civil rights but rather, a strong proponent. It is unfortunate that a younger generation who may know little or nothing about this era will get a skewed and negative view of
    the president as it pertains to civil rights. Lynden Johnson, arguably, had many faults but his stance on civil rights was not among them.
    Thank you,
    Lisa Brackett

  2. kick  •  Jan 15, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Any film that includes a portrayal of Lyndon Johnson as less than a cynical, avarice organized crime leader presents a false reality of who Johnson was.

    If Johnson ever did anything that was right for Americans and America it was always for the wrong reason.

    Johnson was a sociopath who would and did do anything to enrich himself at the expense of tax payers expense including starting/escalating a war that resulted in the pointless deaths of 50 thousand Americans and a million South East Asians.

    In 1964 Johnson only became a champion of civil rights because he realized that the only chance he had to be elected President was to motivate millions of new voters who knew nothing about his criminal and anti civil rights past.

    Johnson remains one of the most oppressively evil Americans who ever lived and will forever be remembered by World historians as a mass murderer.

    And no propaganda film made and released half a century after his death will ever change Johnson’s infamy or legacy.

    • VietnamVet  •  Jan 22, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      I see a Vietnam war hater in these obnoxious comment. Despite your hatred of the man, I doubt seriously he will judged as a mass murderer nor is their any evidence he profited from his positions in the senate or White House. His support for the civil rights act was not based on his reelection efforts since that occurred before he considered a second term. The claims he was connected to organized crime are bogus. Lady Bird fortune was not all that expansive considering they owned extensive land in Texas. Perhaps you should take history course and chill out.

      • kick  •  Feb 2, 2015 at 8:08 am


        As a life long professional political economist (economist and political historian) I suggest you begin your study of the life and infamy of Lyndon Johnson by reading Robert A. Caro’s five part biography about the former President. So far four volumes have been published.

        I personally believe that studying and knowledge of historical leaders who were criminal sociopaths is necessary for any Peoples.

        It is necessary so that when new leaders of Johnson’s ilk emerge who are filled with identical spirits of deception, glee, greed and avarice they can be readily identified and stopped before they seize power over governments.

        No organized crime leader in American history has been more objectively and thoroughly investigated and reported on than Lyndon Johnson.

        There is no debate among historians about the lifelong record of crimes by Lyndon Johnson. There isn’t even a discussion.

        One year of seeming to do what was right for Americans in 1964 all for the wrong reasons meaning Johnson’s advocacy for Civil Rights Legislation does not acquit him of four decades of organized crime.

  3. dante  •  Jan 15, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    the film presents a false account of LBJ’s role in the events depicted in the film; whatever his faults, failures, mistakes, etc., he was sympathetic to the goals of MLK and did not attempt to frustrate the civil rights struggle. the film plays into the racial divisiveness that is popular in some circles. MM was obtuse, as he sometimes is, in not detecting that and noting it in his review.

  4. Jane  •  Jan 17, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I thought Selma got LBJ right — In my Top Ten movies of the year

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