King (TV miniseries)

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King
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DVD cover for King
Directed by Abby Mann
Produced by Paul Maslansky
Written by Abby Mann
Starring Paul Winfield
Cicely Tyson
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Cinematography Michael Chapman
Edited by David Berlatsky
Byron Brandt
Richard C. Meyer
Distributed by NBC
Release date(s) February 12–14, 1978
Running time 300 min.
Country United States
Language English

King is a television miniseries based on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the American civil rights leader and 1964 Nobel Laureate. It aired for three consecutive nights on NBC from February 12 through 14, 1978. The miniseries earned nine Emmy Award nominations, including nominations for actors Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson and Ossie Davis.

Several real-life figures from the Civil Rights Movement had minor roles in the production, including then-Atlanta mayor Maynard Jackson, King's sister Christine King Farris, his niece Alveda King, and his four children: Yolanda, Martin III, Dexter and Bernice. Donzaleigh Abernathy, Tony Bennett, Julian Bond and Ramsey Clark each portrayed themselves.

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DVD release[edit]

The miniseries was released on DVD on January 11, 2005, nearly 27 years after it first aired on television.

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  1. ^ Waring is a fictitious character. In real life, his actions as depicted in the miniseries were performed by C. T. Vivian.

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