Deacons for Defense

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Overview

Inspired by a true story, this drama is set in 1965, not long after passage of the Civil Rights Act. Despite the Act, the African-American citizens of Bogalusa 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. The story follows the formation of local black men, particularly ex-war veterans who after the struggles become too overbearing organizes the group, "Deacons for defense", 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."

  1. Frank Military

    Writer

  2. Richard Wesley

    Writer

  3. Bill Duke

    Director

Top Billed Cast

  1. Forest Whitaker

    Forest Whitaker

    Marcus

  2. Jonathan Silverman

    Jonathan Silverman

    Michael Deane

  3. Christopher Britton

    Christopher Britton

    William Chase

  4. Ossie Davis

    Ossie Davis

    Reverend 'Rev' Gregory

  5. Tyrone Benskin

    Tyrone Benskin

    Archie

  6. Mpho Koaho

    Mpho Koaho

    Bailey

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 35m

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  • January 1, 2003
    Theatrical

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