Selma Saturday, 04 July 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Crosses a bridge.

  • Starring:

    David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, André Holland, Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Colman Domingo, Omar J. Dorsey, Common, Tessa Thompson, Dylan Baker, Stephan James, Trai Byers, Henry G. Sanders, Keith Stanfield, Cuba Gooding Jr, Tim Roth, Martin Sheen, Oprah Winfrey

  • Directed by:

    Ava DuVernay

  • Running time:

    128 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are shot, punched, beaten, kicked, hit with objects, pushed, pursued, hit, wrestled, whipped, tear-gassed, throat-grabbed, threatened. Explosion, rubble. Racially motivated murders, Vietnam War, Kennedy assassination, Malcolm X assassination, killing children, Klansmen, murdered woman mentioned. Screamiing, arguing, shouting. Blood/gore: Corpses (including children). Bloody faces, heads, clothing. Blood splatter. Gunshot wound, scars. Bandages, sling. Fractured ribs, heads, arms, legs mentioned. Many wounded people.


    Sounds of a couple having sex are heard. Shirtless male (corpse). Infidelity references.




    F-words, s-words, a-words, n-word, sonofab*tch, bastard. Derogatory terms for African Americans, white people. Racial abuse, name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.


    Martin Luther King Jr, Selma-to-Montgomery march, justice, dignity, segregation, civil rights, Nobel Peace Prize, emancipation, protest, factions, speeches, hatred, prejudice, President Lyndon B Johnson, Malcolm X, J Edgar Hoover, forgiveness, marriage.


    Church, prison, funeral settings. Horses, helicopter. Spitting.


    Vital, funny, human, complex, astute, panoramic, choral, stunning, inventive, urgent, nuanced, vibrant, subtle, strong, furious, gutsy, timely, great, ambitious, important, gripping, inspiring, terrifying. Graceful/majestic/magnificent/tremendous/sensitive/spellbinding lead performance by David Oyelowo, excellent ensemble cast, superb/well-researched screenplay, arresting set pieces, outstanding cinematography.


    Overlong. Needs timeline/date-stamps, clumsy closing credits, dialogue-heavy, no sense of the rain/mud/hardship that the real Selma marchers endured, heavy-handed score.

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