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Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Ken Burns Cast: Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
, Adam Arkin
Adam Arkin
, Philip Bosco
Philip Bosco
Ken Burns

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Experience legendary boxer Jack Johnson's remarkable struggle both in and out of the ring in documentary filmmaker Ken Burns' two-part look at the career of one of the sports world's most remarkable athletes. From his childhood in Galveston, TX, as the son of former slaves to his triumph as the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1908, Johnson's career was a defining moment in the realm of sports history.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2005
UPC: 0841887050623
Original Release: 2004
Rating: NR
Source: Pbs (Direct)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 3:40:00
Sales rank: 8,673

Special Features

"The Making of Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson"; Deleted scenes; Special music video featuring Wynton Marsalis; Enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Samuel L. Jackson Jack Johnson
Adam Arkin Voice Only
Philip Bosco Voice Only
Carolyn McCormick Voice Only
Kevin Conway Voice Only
Brian Cox Voice Only
John Cullum Voice Only
Murphy Guyer Voice Only
Ed Harris Voice Only
Derek Jacobi Voice Only
Carl Lumbly Voice Only
Amy Madigan Voice Only
Joe Morton Voice Only
Alan Rickman Voice Only
Studs Terkel Voice Only
Jack Thompson Voice Only
Billy Bob Thornton Voice Only
Courtney B. Vance Voice Only
Eli Wallach Voice Only
Jeffrey Wright Voice Only
Stanley Crouch Participant
Bert Sugar Participant
Gerald Early Participant
José Torres Participant
Randy Roberts Participant
Jack Newfield Participant
W.C. Heinz Participant
George Plimpton Participant
Keith David Narrator

Technical Credits
Ken Burns Director,Executive Producer
Paul Barnes Editor,Producer
Erik Ewers Editor
Wynton Marsalis Score Composer
Stephen McCarthy Cinematographer
John Osborne Sound/Sound Designer
Brenda Ray Sound/Sound Designer
David Schaye Producer
Buddy Squires Cinematographer
Susanna Steisel Associate Producer
Geoffrey C. Ward Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Disc 1
1. Introduction [1:13]
2. Rise [5:20]
3. The Emperor of Masculinity [5:59]
4. The Forbidden District [10:22]
5. The Golden Smile [16:11]
6. A Hard Man to Handle [15:13]
7. White Hopes [11:31]
8. Independence Day [21:00]
9. A Word to a Black Man [12:03]
10. Credits [9:20]
1. From Johnson's Early Life & Career [:06]
2. On Johnson's Boxing Style & Talent [3:32]
3. On Segregation & the Color Line [4:47]
4. On W.E.B. Dubois & the Niagara Movement, 1905 [2:06]
5. Cut From Johnson vs Burns, 1908 [2:41]
6. Alternate Ending for Johnson vs. Ketchel, 1909 [1:53]
7. Cut From the Prelude to the Johnson vs. Jeffries Fight, 1910 [1:13]
8. Cut From the Aftermath of the Johnson vs. Jeffries Fight [4:23]
9. Scenes Cut From Episode II [1:30]
Side #2 -- Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Disc 2
1. Introduction [7:28]
2. Fall [7:07]
3. Smooth Goods [9:07]
4. I am Not a Slave [20:25]
5. Everybody Skips [15:06]
6. Hotter Than Hell [17:42]
7. The Greatest [15:26]
8. Ghost in the House [7:07]
9. Credits [2:31]

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