The true story of Mamie Till Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14 year old son, Emmett Till, who, in 1955, was lynched while visiting his cousins in Mississippi.
Runtime: 120 minutes
Stars: Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall, Whoopi Goldberg, Frankie Faison, Haley Bennett, Jayme Lawson, Tosin Cole, Kevin Carroll, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Douglas Thompson, Roger Guenveur Smith, Princess Elmore, Josh Ventura, Ed Amatrudo, Gail Everett-Smith, Brendan Patrick Connor, Tim Ware, Keisha Tillis, Kevin Brown, Bradley King, J.P. Edwards, Jackson Beals, Summer Rain Menkee, Reid Jameson Smith, Mike Dolphy, Ralph Hughes, Ed Sturdivant, Rakeem Massingill, Al Mitchell, Lee Spencer, Njema Williams, Sean Michael Weber, Alyssa Talbot, Euseph Messiah, James Sanders III, Thea Clark, Jamie Renell, Friedman Twinkies, Jonathan D. Williams, Jaylin Webb, Eric Whitten, Diallo Thompson, Cora Maple Lindell, David Caprita, Elizabeth Youman, Charles T. Massey, Angela Yale, Phil Biedron, Carol J. Mckenith, Torey Adkins, Maurice Johnson, Noel Sampson, Brandon P. Bell, Oz Keenum, Destin Freeman, Bree Fyffe, Josh Mendez Sr., Marcus Atkins, Darian Rolle, Brennan Schram, Melina Datta, Blaine Huslig, Ryan Austin Bryant, Richard Nash
Director: Chinonye Chukwu
aramsdale - 11 January 2023 DANIELLE DEADWYLER, OSCAR WINNER First off. Danielle Deadwylers performance of Mamie Till-Boyle is outstanding. If she is not nominated for an Oscar, it would be another injustice to add to the Emmett Till story.
Chinonye Chukwu's, telling of this mother's fight for justice, of both the perpetrators & from the criminal justice system, deserves to be seen on the big screen & win many awards. The brutality is explained but not shown in a way that younger people can watch & learn of the true horror of racism.
It is a colourful, yet dark film that tells the horrific real life story of one of the worst crimes in American history, (of which, there are many), & the injustice she had to endure.
It is one of the crimes that helped start the Civil Rights Movement.
blpkst - 9 January 2023 Strength, Courage, Bravery a Story That Needs Telling Danielle Deadwyler deserves an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Mamie Till-Bradley Mobly, the mother of Emmett Till, a 14 year old boy who leaves Chicago to visit cousins in Mississippi the summer of 1955. Because Emmett was raised and lived in Chicago, he doesn't have a grasp on how the balance of power is so mercilessly stacked against him. Emmett pays dearly for trying to compliment a white woman whom he innocently thought resembled an actress.
Gratefully, we are spared the subsequent brutal and barbaric beating and torture the 14-year old boy sustained. However, we do see the aftermath of the torture when his distraught mother sees his body at the funeral home in a heart wrenching scene. What comes next made history and became instrumental in moving the Civil Rights movement forward. Anger is a strong propellant. Instead of being crushed and defeated, Mrs. Till with the fearsome courage of a lioness is determined to show the world "what they have done!" Subsequently, Emmett's battered, bruised and swollen body is presented in an open casket. Photographs of Emmett in his open coffin were broadcasted across the globe and shocked the world. The courtroom case only proved what Black people in America already knew that it was impossible for a Black person to get justice in the Deep South. The perpetrators were found not guilty! Two years later the two men exonerated in the court trial, confessed to the killing of Emmett Till to LOOK magazine for $4,000.
The story is told well. The script and cast are excellent. It is beautifully filmed. I hope that it is rewarded with both Oscar nominations and wins, especially for Danielle Deadwyler as actress in a lead role. She was fantastic.
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brockfal - 9 January 2023 Thoughtful and sobering It seems somewhat surprising that the story of Emmett Till has only now being told on film, and apparently, it was difficult for the film makers to secure the backing for the project. The obvious answer to that is that it's a tough and difficult story, however, those terrible events of 1955 became pivotal to the fight for civil rights in the US, then it's a story that really needs telling. The film wears its heart on its sleeve, and features an astounding and visceral central performance by Danielle Deadwyler as Emmett Tills mother and masterful direction by a Chinonye Chukwu that manages to both portray the charged emotions despair and anger involved whilst carefully and realistically charting the events. I though the film was just a bit too long and dwelled a little too much in places, and though obviously not a feel good experience it's carefully nuanced, thoughtfully written, and mostly avoids cliches. Importantly, it is also a worthy tribute, particularly to Mamie Till-Mobley.
Teresamc56 - 7 January 2023 Tragic, shocking, and predictable. Injustice/inhumanity to man/discrimination plot based on real events. As if a trial of white men in the American South would ever find them guilty. The film is supposed to be about how Maimie Till helped with the Civil Rights Movement. What she did by showing pictures of her dead son, was a kick in the backside for anyone with a conscience in the USA. However, much of the film just shows Maimie quietly staring off into the distance as she suffers the loss. And the ending has the traditional blurbs about the rest of her life. What would have been interesting is to skip the trial and.show what she actually did after the trial/the rest of her life. These type of movies focus too much on the reason why there was a trial and the main character's demeanour. It needed to show more of her transformation from a grieving mother to a civil rights influencer because you never actually see what convinced her. Mostly, she resists it. I hated the despicable treatment of her 14-year-old son and applaud her resolve to stand up against what was done to him, as I applaud it in current events. Unless you live in a bubble, you know about discrimination. There just should have been more in this movie about afterwards instead of focusing on the before. It would have made the movie much more powerful and show people how things can be changed instead of just showing the reason. We know the reasons. Would be nice to know the processes they used to actually changed things. Stellar acting.
lucyrikly - 7 January 2023 Third Act Pacing Issues Tl;dr First hour or so was extremely engaging but from when Mamie goes to Mississippi until the end I think the pacing took a real hit. If Mamie's activism later was given more attention in the third act, the film overall would have been all the better for it.
The opening scene of Emmett and Mamie singing in the car, the scene where Mamie goes to the station to pick up Emmett's crate and the scene where Mamie sees Emmett's body for the first time really stick in my mind for being so excellent from acting to camera work. The reveal of Emmett's body to the audience was so well crafted and impactful while being genuinely horrifying to look at. I appreciate that they did not show the audience the violence that Emmett suffered as so often happens in films focused on black suffering. It would be hard to justify showing it and actually, hearing it instead felt in many ways more devastating. Above all, the funeral sequence is one that I think I'll think about for quite a long time. Especially when the public are paying their respects walking past the coffin and a little boy buries his face in his dad/granddad's leg after he sees Emmett.
The court sequence, particularly when Carolyn is giving her testimony was so frustrating. Both because of what was happening in story and because of the pacing. I remember when I first heard about this case, I also heard the Carolyn had admitted to lying about the whole thing but that didn't come up as a title card at the end, so it must not have been true. But anyway, I think this is where they pace slowed down and the story overall wasn't as engaging. I think instead of a long drawn out court scene (where there isn't any tension because the outcome is already known to the viewer), it would have been better if her activism later on in life was given more attention in the third act. There was a very brief 'one month later' scene in New York and a screen card telling us she continued her activism, but that was all.
I think we can all agree that Danielle Deadwyler deserves recognition and accolade for her portrayal of Mamie. The majority of her big displays of anger, rage and grief landed, but I felt some of them pulled me out a bit. Really appreciated her small, natural gestures peppered throughout like how she would rub Emmett's watch when she talked about him. There wasn't a weak performance in the entire ensemble.
Really loved the look of the film overall.
Xstal - 5 January 2023 Past Not Forgotten... You've seen it all before, but that doesn't make this film a chore, it's important to remember, there was a world without defenders, when murderers roamed free, taking lives with so much glee, all protected by the courts, in Mississippi there was no retort.
The brutal execution of Emmett Till replayed and relayed through an outstanding cast, but none quite as incredible as Danielle Deadwyler's heartfelt performance of the lynched boy's mother who's quest for justice is unsurprisingly quenched, but goes on to form part of the momentum of the time to initiate the changes required in the struggle of the African American (and others) for equality, justice and fairness.
Entertainmentsparadise - 12 December 2022 Till displays a true story that focuses on the story rather than glorifying racism. I find it challenging to watch racist movies, I battle my inner consciousness for weeks, debating if I should go to the theater to watch Till or not, but I am glad I finally did. Although Till is triggering with the display of racism and injustice, the film focuses more on Emmett Bo Till's mother, Mamie.
The film starts by showing the glistening smile of a young man who seems so infatuated with living and loving life that he comes off oblivious to racism in and in his surrounding environment.
The first scene caused an emotional tug-war. One scene displaying Emmett's kidnapping made me sick to my stomach. As Emmett was taken off in the night, I was anticipating a gruesome display of dismantlement and horror of this young man. Instead of explicitly showing us that, the film focuses on audio, hearing some torture versus a visual scene. I find this an important aspect to note, as many movies that focus on racist displays against Black folk often glamorize the humiliation and violence. Till serves as the outlier.
As I mentioned earlier, this film is triggering with very emotional scenes focusing on the reaction of Emmett's mother (Mamie).
One quote I found very impactful was, "He came home reeking of" racism.
One of the most impactful aspects of the film is emphasized in the court scenes. Which highlighted the segregation and discriminatory practices of the United States back in the 1950s. It is wild to think 70 years ago, it was so racist, and many of these racist acts and killings have transformed until today. From the unjust jury to the interactions with Mamie, including the side eyes, laughs in the background, and blatant disrespect of the White folk in court is very disturbing. This picture effectively displayed the fear and humiliation in each Black witness's eyes, including Mamie.
The camera focuses on Mamie, blurring out the environment and other folks in the court when she is selected as a witness to speak on the stand giving her testimony. This is meaningful and powerful; she was important, her feelings mattered, and what she said meant something even if the case was already decided. Even when other characters had speaking parts during her take of the stands, the camera stayed on Mamie during the cross-examination. That showed all of her emotions and facial expressions.
Just viewing that as a mother having to go on stands and hold her composure in front of a courtroom filled with White folk.
After leaving the stand, Mamie whispered, "they killed my son again."
Mamie spoke what was needed and showed the world the beauty of who her son was. Although she faced racism and prejudice, she didn't stop pushing for what was necessary while holding her composure. Overall, Till displays a true story that focuses on the story rather than glorifying racism. Is it triggering, yes? But it is not set up like your typical civil rights movie. RIP Emmett Till.
arylaroccany - 12 December 2022 A must-watch! I was aware of Emmett Till's story but not to this extent!
The care, and attention to detail, of the crew behind this movie is remarkable, the actors portrayed a gut wrenching, emotional, oscar-worthy performance that I believe certainly impacted and moved the viewers into learning and researching more about Emmett Till's story.
The only problem with this movie is that it's not getting the traction it deserves. The movie was not as graphic as I thought it would be and could easily be watched with family members.
Just a side note: Whoopi Goldberg's performance is representative of why she's an EGOT and Danielle Deadwyler was spot on in every scene, she shines from beginning to end.
mossgrymk - 8 December 2022 till The most redundant line in the movie, by far, was the dedication, at the end, to the memory of the title character's mother. I mean the film should have been called "Saint Mamie" since the pedestal upon which the heroine is placed by director Chinonye Chukwu is of the size and height usually reserved for beatification and John Ford women. As for the rest of the characters they fall into two, well demarcated camps. The African Americans are all placed on lesser pedestals while the Caucasians are, without a single exception, depicted as vile, racist, sneering, Coke swilling scumbags. And so we leave the world of good vs evil for the Hollywood world of good vs evil caricature. And we are the lesser for it. Give it a C plus (mostly for Danielle Deadwyler's acting skills, which are considerable).
mdyoungpeter-63311 - 3 December 2022 A headscratching biopic I am for one just want to say yeah emmet till was brutally murdered they didn't show anything thought whoopi Goldberg was ok thought she was better in the color purple Danielle deadwyler was great but the thing is it doesn't matter because the problems with this movie outweigh the pros this movie was predictable as hell you knew everything that was going to happen before it happened it was slow but the biggest thing the director actually pulled her punch in this film she showed nothing on the night he was murdered and the thing is it would have been so much more powerful if she had showed something headscracther man!
rockingdylan - 2 December 2022 A genuine story that needs to be told. The direction that the USA is headed lately, we need this film. We need Whoopi Goldberg. We need Danielle Deadwyler. We need Jalyn Hall. We need Emmett Till.
The sometimes overt racism present in the current American government is all too often overshadowed by the reoccurring media panic over Donald Trump. Imagine if you will, a time of Jim Crow laws; ie openly racist governors, African Americans being told to pick cotton for peanuts(which they invented by the way) & move from their seat on the bus or train. None of this was overshadowed by anything, it was outright accepted. I can remember a time when I asked my history professor "wouldn't people have been shocked by Mein Kampf when it was released?" And he said, more or less, "that would've been on par with the views at the time". I never ever ever forgot that.
I struggle to watch a beautiful white woman attempt to shoot an African American boy simply because he whistled at her and he's black. It doesn't seem real, but to Emmett & his family, it was.
This movie so wonderfully portrays a grieving mother and a civil rights leader that most people, not for lack of information, just don't consider one. They should now.
From the acting, which is brilliant, to the writing & the use of spectacular lettering in the title, to the lighting which does nothing but improve the movie, specifically at the scene where Mamie is outside, grieving her son, talking to her cousin, the sun is shining on such a somber occasion & you know Emmett is watching over her from heaven. Beautiful.
If you ever want to watch a movie that brings a smile to your face, and brings joy to your heart from beginning to end, this isn't for you, but if you want to watch a movie that will help you understand the intricacies of racism in America, past and present, as well as subvert your attention from the realities of today for 2 hours, then this is the movie for you.
nogodnomasters - 1 December 2022 Be Smart I believe most of us know the tragedy of Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall) who was called "Bo" or even "Bo-Bo" for much of the film. His mother (Danielle Deadwyler) warns him on how to behave while in Mississippi, warnings which the fourteen year old ignored. The scene in the store and his encounter with Carolyn Bryant (Haley Bennett) appears to be the most accurate and reliable information available as one person is dead and the other doesn't recall everything but did claim she lied on the stand. Emmett's father was described as a hero in WWII who died in the war. They were divorced after he cheated on her. Later when he choked her to unconsciousness he was given an opportunity to avoid jail by enlisting. In Italy he did die. He was executed for the murder of one woman and the rape of two others. The actor looked almost exactly like Till, although Till had a stutter from the polio he had contracted as a child. Mamie knew the power of viewing Emmett's body all beaten which we do see in the film, looking a little like "Elephant Man." I thought it was a bit creepy when the mother claimed she had put her hands on every inch of her son's body.
The horror of his murder was omitted. Unlike Mamie, the creators wanted a more sanitized film, one about hope. I also don't recall the outcome of the trial being announced in the film. If you are going to show nearly an hour of the courtroom, saying the outcome should be expected. I was a bit disappointed in the film and it failed to move me as the creators had hoped.
Guide: No swearing, sex, or nudity.
Foutainoflife - 1 December 2022 Heartbreaking & Heroic This film was fantastic. I hate saying that because the subject matter is so atrocious but the courage Emmet's mother showed the world was nothing less than heroic.
I am a mother of 2 boys. I live in the south about 4 hours from Money. I am white. The ignorance, hate and supremist mindset that fueled not just this crime but all the crimes against people of color anywhere guarantees the perpetrators a well deserved, front row seat in Hell. My heart was absolutely breaking for the pain Emmet and his mother suffered. I just can not imagine the hurt. What I do know is the poise, strength of character, resolve and courage shown by this woman makes her a far better person than myself. I would've fell apart but she took all her hurt and used it in a way that insured the loss of her son would have meaning for the betterment of her community. She was an amazing woman and a pillar of strength in the face of adversity. Just amazing.
This has been the most moving film I've watched this year and I highly recommend it. Watch it to separate yourself from ignorance. Watch it to know the true historical account. Watch it for inspiration. However, if you watch it for nothing else, watch it to know what it means to be a better person than those who have wronged you.
chris-chasely - 30 November 2022 Oscar Worthy Performances Truly disturbing to watch this movie in terms of the sadness that surrounds the topic. However, the movie is a must watch for anyone who wants to know the atrocities that have been endured. Set in the 50's Chicago and Mississippi, the real story about how racism was rampant and how nothing was ever done about it. Deadwyler is an amazing actor who portrays Mamie's emotional role extremely convincingly and most definitely deserves an Oscar for her performance. Hall as Till is a fantastic actor and a joy to watch. As always, Goldberg who plays Mamie's mother is exceptional. 10 stars from me for a well written, well directed and well performed movie.