Miss Evers' Boys

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Miss Evers' Boys
Miss Evers' Boys cover art.jpg
DVD cover
Distributed byHBO
Created byDavid Feldshuh (play)
Directed byJoseph Sargent
Produced byDerek Kavanagh
Kip Konwiser
Written byWalter Bernstein
StarringAlfre Woodard
Laurence Fishburne
Music byCharles Bernstein
CinematographyDonald M. Morgan
Editing byMichael Brown
LanguageEnglish
Release dateFebruary 22, 1997
Running time118 minutes
 
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Miss Evers' Boys
Miss Evers' Boys cover art.jpg
DVD cover
Distributed byHBO
Created byDavid Feldshuh (play)
Directed byJoseph Sargent
Produced byDerek Kavanagh
Kip Konwiser
Written byWalter Bernstein
StarringAlfre Woodard
Laurence Fishburne
Music byCharles Bernstein
CinematographyDonald M. Morgan
Editing byMichael Brown
LanguageEnglish
Release dateFebruary 22, 1997
Running time118 minutes

Miss Evers' Boys is a 1997 HBO television film starring Alfre Woodard and Laurence Fishburne, based on the true story of the decades-long Tuskegee experiment. It was directed by Joseph Sargent and adapted from the 1992 stage play written by David Feldshuh. The film was nominated for eleven Emmy Awards and won in four categories, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie.

Plot[edit]

The film tells the story of the Tuskegee experiment, a U.S. Federal Government secret medical experiment on poor African Americans in the years 1932-1972, designed to study the effects of untreated syphilis. The story is told from the perspective of the small town nurse Eunice Evers (Alfre Woodard) who is well aware of the lack of treatment, but feels her role is to console the involved men, many of whom are her close friends. In 1932 she is sent to help Dr. Brodus (Joe Morton) and Dr. Douglas (Craig Sheffer) to help them "treat" rural black men in the town of Tuskegee, Alabama. She is sent around town to tell the people that the government is funding their treatment for free, but unbeknownst to them the government will soon run a study that requires them to go without any form of real treatment. She then comes across 3 men in an abandoned schoolhouse: Willie Johnson (Obba Babatundé), Bryan Hodman, and "Big" Ben Washington, who agree for treatment. Willie doesn't realize that one of the men actually has syphilis.

Cast[edit]

ActorRole
Alfre WoodardEunice
Laurence FishburneCaleb Humphrey
Craig ShefferDr. Douglas
Joe MortonDr. Sam Brodus
Obba BabatundéWillie Johnson
Ossie DavisMr. Evers
E.G. MarshallThe Senate Chairman

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards
Nominations

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