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This film is the story of a movement. It chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. This film tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.


  • David Oyelowo
  • Carmen Ejogo
  • Jim France
  • Trinity Simone
  • Mikeria Howard
  • Jordan Rice
  • Ebony Billups
  • Nadej K. Bailey
  • Elijah Oliver
  • Oprah Winfrey

Did You Know?


  • Lee Daniels was originally set to direct. The original cast included Hugh Jackman as Sheriff Jim Clark, Liam Neeson as Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert De Niro as segregationist governor George Wallace, Cedric the Entertainer as minister and activist Ralph Abernathy, and Lenny Kravitz as activist Andrew Young. David Oyelowo was attached to star as Martin Luther King Jr. When Ava DuVernay took over as director, Oyelowo was the only casting decision she didn't change.
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  • The FBI data shown on the screen says that Martin Luther King arrived in a Selma hotel at 10:24 AM. A few seconds later he walks in and says "Good afternoon."
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    • [from trailer]
    • Coretta Scott King: People out there actually say they're gonna kill our children, they're trying to get into your head.
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Jan 9, 2019

Sequences depicting the Selma marches – the first of which led to violent police attacks that were seen on national TV and helped change the mood of the country – are fairly understated, when a more visceral approach might have given the film more emotional heft.

John Hazelton
Screen Daily
Dec 22, 2014

By focusing on the power of cannily staged collective action to turn the tide of public opinion, Selma achieves a contemporary relevance that few historical dramas can — especially those built around real-life figures as encrusted in layers of hagiography as MLK.

Metacritic review by Dana Stevens
Dana Stevens
Nov 12, 2014

Intelligently written, vividly shot, tightly edited, sharply acted, the film represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history.

Metacritic review by Stephen Farber
Stephen Farber
The Hollywood Reporter