Sins of the Father (2002 film)
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|Sins of the Father|
|Directed by||Robert Dornhelm|
|Written by||John Pielmeier|
|Music by||Harald Kloser
|Cinematography||Derick V. Underschultz|
|Edited by||Victor Du Bois|
Sins of the Father is a 2002 American docudrama directed by Robert Dornhelm. The teleplay by John Pielmeier is based on a Texas Monthly article by Pamela Colloff chronicling the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama in which four young African American girls were killed while attending Sunday-school. The victims were Addie Mae Collins, 14 yrs old; Denise McNair, 11 yrs old; Carole Robertson, 14 yrs old; and Cynthia Welsley, 14 yrs old. It was believed that there were 5 girls together in the church basement on that fateful day, but only one survived... young Sarah Collins, Addie Mae's younger sister. The bombing was racially motivated and carried out by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
The film was shot in Toronto. The cast includes Tom Sizemore, Richard Jenkins, Ving Rhames, Colm Feore, Jackie Richardson, Connor Price, Aaryn Doyle, Isys McKoy, Jessica Gray Charles, and Funmiola Lawson.
Rhames was nominated for the Black Reel Award for Best Actor and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. Pielmeier's teleplay earned him nominations for the Humanitas Prize and the Writers Guild of America Award.
Characters and cast
- Tom Sizemore as Tom Cherry
- Richard Jenkins as Bobby Frank Cherry
- Brenda Bazinet as Virginia Cherry
- Lachlan Murdoch as Young Tom
- Colm Feore as Dalton Strong
- Ving Rhames as Garrick Jones
- Jessica Gray Charles as Denise McNair was murdered in Birmingham Bombing.
- Funmiola Lawson as Cynthia Wesley was murdered in Birmingham Bombing.
- Aaryn Doyle as Carole Robertson was murdered in Birmingham Bombing.
- Isys McKoy as Addie Mae Collins was murdered in Birmingham Bombing.
- Mica Le John as Sarah Collins was injured in Birmingham Bombing.
- Kim Roberts as Mrs. Wesley
- Delores Etienne as Older Woman at Church
- Sandi Ross as Sunday School Teacher
- Ardon Bess as Minister at Church
- Michael Rhoades as Tommy
- Bruce McFee as Robert Chambliss
- Tony Munch as Herman Cash
- Simon Reynolds as Troy Ingram
- Tom McBeath as J. Edgar Hoover
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