Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

Category: Documentary
During a two-day period before and after the University of Alabama integration crisis, the film uses five camera crews to follow President John F. Kennedy, attorney general Robert F. Kennedy, Alabama governor George Wallace, deputy attorney general Nicholas Katzenbach and the students Vivian Malone and James Hood. As Wallace has promised to personally block the two black students from enrolling in the university, the JFK administration discusses the best way to react to it, without rousing the crowd or making Wallace a martyr for the segregationist cause.

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1963-10-21
Run time: 52 minute / 0:52
Director: Robert Drew
Production Companies : ABC News, Drew Associates
Production Country: United States of America



John F. Kennedy
as Himself
Robert F. Kennedy
as Himself
Vivian Malone
as Herself
James Hood
as Himself
James Lipscomb
as Narrator
Robert Drew Director

Robert Drew Executive Producer

Nicholas T. Proferes Assistant Editor

Gregory Shuker Director of Photography

Gregory Shuker Producer

Gregory Shuker Assistant Editor

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