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The Watsons Go to Birmingham: The Movie

There are videos that go into Video Sunday and then there are videos that deseve their very own posts.  This is one such video.

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin court decision it seems to me that we need something good for once.  And I admit it.  I wouldn’t have pegged the Hallmark Channel to provide that good thing I need, but then I saw today’s trailer for The Watsons Go to Birmingham (no titular 1963).  On the one hand I see no reason in the world why this movie couldn’t have been in theaters first.  That said, the facts that (A) It was made at all and (B) Proper money was put into it (as the wife of a sometimes director of noir films, I can tell you right now that period pieces are bloody expensive) are more than enough to satisfy me.  There’s more info on it at The Huffington Post, naturally.

Anything to replace kids having to watch Glory in school.  The film is on September 20th at 8 p.m. ET.  Set your TiVo and DVRs now.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. I’ve been following the developments for this movie for a while and am holding my breath that it is good. While staying too close to the original material can make from a mediocre movie as we know, I was relieved to see that they seem to be keeping all the important stuff in. Now we have to see how it works as a movie — the book is such a balancing act of hysterical humor and deep and moving hard stuff. Still my favorite of all of Curtis’s work.

    (BTW did you see my post about Saving Mr. Banks? That would be one for a Video Sunday, I think.)

  2. Wow. I loved the book so much. Do we dare to hope? It looks really really good from this extended trailer. I want to watch it right now. Thanks for posting this!

  3. Genevieve says

    I hope it will live up to the book! Glad to see they’ve made the movie.

  4. the trailer looks great. fingers crossed.

  5. Thanks for pointing this one out! I will indeed look out for it. The preview is promising! I’m hoping it’s good!

  6. Avon Barksdale!
    This really does look good. Fingers crossed.


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