For One Night
|For One Night|
|Directed by||Ernest R. Dickerson|
|Written by||Dee Harris-Lawrence|
Sam Jones III
|Edited by||Stephen Lovejoy|
|Distributed by||Lifetime Movie Network|
For One Night is a 2006 film is based on the true story of Gerica McCrary, who made headlines in 2002 by getting Taylor County High School in her hometown of Butler, Georgia, to integrate the prom after thirty-one years of segregation. It stars Raven-Symoné as Brianna McCallister and Aisha Tyler as Desiree Howard. The movie was filmed in summer 2005 in Louisiana just before Hurricane Katrina.
The movie was written by Dee Harris-Lawrence. This film is the first drama role in the career of Raven-Symoné and disengaged from the Disney Channel.
Inspired by the true story of an African American teenager who shook up a small town where high school proms had been racially segregated for decades. Amid the protests of the community and with the help of a newspaper reporter who returns to her hometown to cover the story, the two women are able to reverse decades of racist tradition and make history, at least for one night.
- Raven-Symoné as Brianna McCallister
- Aisha Tyler as Desiree Howard
- Jason Lewis as Mark Manning
- Sam Jones III as Brandon Williams
- Gary Grubbs as Mr. Thornton
- William Ragsdale as Earl Randall
- Harold Sylvester as Mr Howard, Desiree's dad
- Donna DuPlantier as Aunt Marlene
- Joan Pringle
- Rhoda Griffis as Ginny Stephens
- Daina Gozan as Sela Moody
- Mills Allison as Ely Hardy
- Caroline Jahna as Carla Thornton
- James Aaron as Myron Dawson
- Louis Herthum as Sheriff Taylor
- Katie Seeley as Kelly Reynolds
- Azure Dawn as Lily Dubois
- Adam Powell as Paul Beaudine
- Chuck Halley as Newspaper Editor
The end of the movie (prom scene) features Raven-Symoné's song "Gravity".
- 2007 - Nominated; Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special (Aisha Tyler)
- The film was released on iTunes. On July 31, 2012 the film was released in a package of 4 Lifetime movies on DVD titled 'Surviving High School'. In Sept.2012 it got its own DVD release through A&E Entertainment.
- For One Night
- For One Night at the Internet Movie Database
- Gerica McCrary On How She Integrated Butler High School's Prom
- Shandra Hill Smith: The Reporter Who Helped Gerica
- Butler, Ga Profile
- CNN Article on Gerica
- Taylor County's 1st Integrated Prom EVER