Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace


AMC Castleton Square Theater 2 Sun, Oct 15, 2017 2:45 PM
AMC Traders Point Theater 10 Mon, Oct 16, 2017 3:00 PM
Film Info
Film Type:Documentary Feature
Themes:Current Events/History
Family Friendly
Release Year:2017
Runtime:97 minutes
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Rich Gentile
Cast:Perry Wallace
Andrew Young
Dr. Harry Edwards
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Frank Deford
Producer(s):Rich Gentile
Screenwriter:Eli Spielman
Rich Gentile
Bruce Johnson
Executive Producer(s):Rich Gentile
Bruce Johnson


According to Washington Post columnist and best-selling author John Feinstein, “What Perry Wallace accomplished in breaking the color line in the SEC is one of the great untold stories of the last 50 years." Whenever the phrase “breaking the color line” is used, there’s a temptation to invoke Jackie Robinson’s story. Without diminishing his accomplishments, it should be noted that Robinson made his Dodger debut in the North when he was 28, married, a college graduate, and an army veteran. He was a grown man. By contrast, Perry Wallace was a mere teenager when he stood all alone at center court in such hotbeds of rabid racism as Starkville, Mississippi and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was the turbulent 1960s, and even then, athletes in the entire SEC were restricted by “whites only” segregation. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker, "Triumph" is not a “sports” film as much as it is a unique window on America’s civil rights movement (with never-before-seen footage of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael) that chronicles Perry Wallace’s evolution from a reluctant “pioneer” in the final throes of the “Jim Crow” era to a determined “game-changer,” whose actions altered the way of life throughout the South. In short, we look forward to introducing audiences to a genuine “American treasure.” Among those who participate in telling Wallace’s important “untold story” are Ambassador Andrew Young, former US Attorney General Eric Holder, sports sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards, Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, and civil rights pioneer Rev. James Lawson. The production also includes songs by Roots and Nina Simone.
Suitable for all audiences

***PREMIERE & AFTER-PARTY - 10/15 2:45 pm AMC Castleton
Ticket gives access to premiere screening and party.
Vouchers ARE NOT accepted for this screening.
Party will be available following this screening.

Richard Joseph Gentile, Director, scheduled to attend:
Oct. 15th
Oct. 16th

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