4 Little Girls

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Released 1997

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Director:
Spike Lee
Released:
1997
Rating:
TV-14
On September 15, 1963, a bomb destroyed a black church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls who were there for Sunday school. It was a crime that shocked the nation--and a defining moment in the history of the civil-rights movement. Spike Lee re-examines the full story of the bombing, including a revealing interview with former Alabama Governor George Wallace.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There is mostly sadness and regret at the surface in 4 Little Girls, but there is anger in the depths, as there should be.

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Lee takes a conventional, talking-heads-and-archival-clips approach to the material, but rewardingly establishes an intimate connection with his subjects by devoting considerable t...

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Mr. Lee, whose lean, straightforward documentary style loses none of his usual clarity and fire (the film has been exceptionally well shot by Ellen Kuras), summons a powerful sense...

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