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Ruby Bridges 

In 1960, a six-year-old African-American girl named Ruby Bridges helped to integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans. Although she was the only black girl to come to the school she was... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope Ann Miller ... Barbara Henry
Kevin Pollak ... Dr. Robert Coles
Michael Beach ... Abon Bridges
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Jane Coles
Peter Francis James ... Dr. Broyard
Patrika Darbo ... Miss Spencer
Chaz Monet Chaz Monet ... Ruby Nell Bridges
Diana Scarwid ... Miss Woodmere
Lela Rochon ... Lucielle 'Lucy' Bridges
Toni Ann Johnson ... Alma Broyard
Michael Burgess ... Mr. Lewis
Al Butler Al Butler ... Deputy U.S. Marshal Al Buffer
Charlie Lucas Charlie Lucas ... Mr. Taylor
Kiara Tucker Kiara Tucker ... Alison
Christopher Monroe Stokes Christopher Monroe Stokes ... Carl (as Christopher Stokes)


In 1960, a six-year-old African-American girl named Ruby Bridges helped to integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans. Although she was the only black girl to come to the school she was sent to, and since all the white mothers pulled their children out of class, she was the only one there. Although she faced a crowd of angry white citizens every day, she emerged unscathed, physically or emotionally. Encouraged by her teacher, a white woman from the North named Barbara Henry, and her mother Lucille, and with her own quiet strength, she eventually broke down a century-old barrier forever, a pivotal moment in the civil-rights movement. Written by Tommy Peter

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Release Date:

18 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le combat de Ruby Bridges See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Barbara Henry: This school was ordered to integrate. If you continue to separate Rudy then you're breaking the federal law! Shall we call superintendent Redman and discus it with him?
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Inspiring film, not just for civil rights, but for all of us who face adversity and manage to hold our heads up high
4 February 2004 | by zengirl41See all my reviews

I happened to see this movie in my son's second grade classroom when I was volunteering as a parent helper. The film and Ruby Bridges herself are truly inspiring, more poignant and heartwrenching because I know it is a true story, and that this year-long incident actually happened within my lifetime. The script doesn't seem to take liberties with reality and sticks to the truth as I understand it.

Wars against injustice are fought one battle at a time. And this movie really brings home the story in such a powerfully understated way that children, and adults alike, are able to appreciate and relate to Ruby's unrelenting bravery. As a result, we are perhaps better prepared to search for and find a bit of bravery in ourselves to rise up whenever we get the chance. The movie is well done and it was refreshing to see that it wasn't overacted or overdirected. The story alone is enough that it doesn't require the usual sprucing up by Hollywood.

To another reviewer who found it "yawn" provoking I would only say, sorry there were no car crashes, bloody scenes, knife wielding maniacs, naked ladies, or otherwise thrilling happenings gratuitously added in to try to hold the interest of viewers such as himself. There was only an angry mob of white, so-called Christians threatening and poised to attack a SIX YEAR OLD LITTLE GIRL. Perhaps he doesn't understand that this is a true story. This means IT REALLY HAPPENED. To me, the bravery of one small first grader is more exciting to learn about than all of the fictional Terminators/Arnolds, Rambos, Dirty Harry's, etc., etc., combined.

This type of movie and, in particular this specific movie, is the perfect venue for parents and children to watch together and then share and discuss other real-life events they have encountered dealing with man's inhumanity to man. We take it for granted that anyone can walk up to any lunch counter and order a coke, or drink from any drinking fountain, or sit in any open seat on any bus, or walk into his or her designated electorate polling place unhampered, or enjoy countless other privileges which we can take for granted now; while, just 44 short years ago, persons of certain skin colors or ethnicities could not without great personal risk.

The movie itself is quite long and his teacher showed it in two 45 minute segments including several discussion pauses while viewing. I really have to thank my son's teacher for sharing this movie with her class and myself, and for providing the excellent education he is receiving. The children's book by Robert Coles (the real-life psychiatrist who is portrayed by Kevin Pollak in the film) is also highly recommended reading for children.

My son was also delighted to see that some of the music in the film was composed by Patrice Rushen who sings his favorite song, "Forget Me Nots."

To another reviewer I would like to ask, if there are a dozen better movies on this topic, could I see a copy of that list? They must be spectacular!

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