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Written By: Paul Webb & Ava DuVernay

Production Draft | 02.02.2014

January 9, 2015 | Paramount Pictures

In the face of violent racist attacks, Martin Luther King Jr. leads a protest in Alabama that culminates in a historic march from Selma to Montgomery.

There will be no march from Selma to Montgomery. It is not conductive to traffic flow on Route 80 and to public safety. Such a march will not be tolerated whatsoever.

pg. 62

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Paul Webb is a playwright, producer and writer known for Selma (2014), Bram, Madiba (2017), No Ordinary Time, The Lodger and A Dangerous Woman.

Ava DuVernay is a producer, director and writer known for Selma (2014), When They See Us (2019), Queen Sugar (2016-2021), Middle of Nowhere (2012).

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Notable Cast
David OyelowoDavid Oyelowo...Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Carmen EjogoCarmen Ejogo...Coretta Scott King
Jim FranceJim France...Gunnar Jahn
Mahershala AliMahershala Ali...Uncle Aaron (voice)
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey...Annie Lee Cooper
Clay ChappellClay Chappell...Registrar
Tom WilkinsonTom Wilkinson...President Lyndon B. Johnson
Giovanni RibisiGiovanni Ribisi...Lee White
Haviland StillwellHaviland Stillwell...President's Secretary
André HollandAndré Holland...Andrew Young
Ruben Santiago-HudsonRuben Santiago-Hudson...Bayard Rustin
Colman DomingoColman Domingo...Ralph Abernathy
Omar J. DorseyOmar J. Dorsey...James Orange
Tessa ThompsonTessa Thompson...Diane Nash
CommonCommon...James Bevel
Lorraine ToussaintLorraine Toussaint...Amelia Boynton
Charity JordanCharity Jordan...Viola Lee Jackson
Stan HoustonStan Houston...Sheriff Jim Clark
Tim RothTim Roth...Gov. George Wallace
Michael PapajohnMichael Papajohn...Major Cloud
Niecy NashNiecy Nash...Richie Jean Jackson
Corey ReynoldsCorey Reynolds...Rev. C.T. Vivian
Wendell PierceWendell Pierce...Rev. Hosea Williams
John LavelleJohn Lavelle...Roy Reed
Stephan JamesStephan James...John Lewis
Trai ByersTrai Byers...James Forman
LaKeith StanfieldLaKeith Stanfield...Jimmie Lee Jackson


Notable Wins
Rhymefest (songwriter), John Legend (artist/songwriter), Common (artist/songwriter)...Best Song Written for Visual Media
For the song "Glory" artist: Common & John Legend
Won, AFI Award...Movie of the Year
Song: "Glory"
John Legend (as john stephens), Common (as lonnie lynn)
...Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

Box Office

(2014) U.S. Dollars
Budget ... $20,000,000
Opening weekend ... $571,450
Gross (US & Canada) ... $52,076,908
Gross (World) ... $66,787,908


U.S. Version


Additional Content
Cast Photos...IMDb
Box Office...IMDb Pro
Poster...Official Site
Awards...58th Annual Grammy Awards
Awards...AFI Awards
Awards...87th Academy Awards
Studio...Paramount Pictures

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