Sins of the Father (2002 film)

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Sins of the Father
Poster of the movie Sins of the Father.jpg
Directed by Robert Dornhelm
Written by John Pielmeier
Starring Tom Sizemore
Richard Jenkins
Ving Rhames
Colm Feore
Music by Harald Kloser
Thomas Wanker
Cinematography Derick V. Underschultz
Edited by Victor Du Bois
Distributed by FX
Artisan Entertainment
Release dates
  • January 6, 2002 (2002-01-06)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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.

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