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Soundtrack for a Revolution

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Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman

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About the Movie

A fresh and exhilarating take on one of the most important social movements in American history, SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION explores the civil rights struggle through the powerful and stirring songs that inspired a generation. In this deeply moving documentary, legends of the fight for equal rights such as Congressman John Lewis, Julian Bond, Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow, Coretta Scott King, testify to the indispensable role that songs of rebellion and hope played in helping activists fight against brutality and injustice. In riveting studio performances, top contemporary artists including John Legend, Wyclef Jean, The Roots and Joss Stone reinvigorate and reinvent timeless songs like "We Shall Overcome" and "Wade in the Water."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Essentially a condensed, lightly airbrushed, skillfully assembled history of the civil rights movement, with musical interludes. – Mike Hale, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: A documentary that uneasily combines a history of the civil rights movement with renditions by contemporary pop stars of the songs that rallied it. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 22, 2010

Fresh: The contemporary music sequences are a distraction from the heart of the movie: truly astounding archival footage of speeches, marches, and demonstrations. – Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Through vivid archival material and voice-overs, the filmmakers create moving vignettes that, taken together, form a fascinating primer on nonviolence as a political force and discipline. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Sountrack for a Revolution

Every person in the U.S. should see this. This time in our history was profound, and should not be forgotten. Absolutely great.

Must see.

This movie speaks to the root of Black America's power. It's the truth.

Right on time

I cant wait to watch it.

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