King: a Filmed Record... Montgomery To Memphis is a 1970 American documentary film biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented in the form of newsreel footage and segments of recordings by Dr. King, framed by celebrity narrators, including Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ruby Dee, James Earl Jones, Clarence Williams III, Burt Lancaster, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, Harry Belafonte, The movie was produced by Richard Kaplan and Ely Landau.
When first released, it was shown in theaters as a "one-time-only" event on March 24, 1970. The documentary, which ran an unprecedented 3 hours and 5 minutes, had an equally large admission price of $5 (equal to $28 in 2007). All proceeds were donated to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Special Fund. It was later shown on commercial television (unedited and with limited interruption), and finally released onto home video on the Pacific Arts label, where the celebrity narrations (save for Harry Belafonte's introduction) were removed, and ran for 1 hour and 43 minutes.
It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Features.  In 1999, the film was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
"How Long, Not Long" · "I Have a Dream" · "I've Been to the Mountaintop"
Letter from Birmingham Jail · "What is Man?"
1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott · 1960 Nashville sit-ins · 1961 Albany Movement · 1963 Birmingham campaign · 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom · 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement · 1965–67 Chicago Freedom Movement · 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike · 1968 Poor People's Campaign
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