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Miss Evers' Boys

Miss Evers' Boys DVD Cover
Approx. run time 118 min.
Distributed by HBO
Creator David Feldshuh (play)
Written by Walter Bernstein
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Produced by Derek Kavanagh
Kip Konwiser
Starring Alfre Woodard
Laurence Fishburne
Editing by Michael Brown
Music by Charles Bernstein
Cinematography Donald M. Morgan
Language English
Release date 22 February 1997

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.

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Tagline

A government lie. A woman's secret. A story that must be told.

Plot

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 direct friends.

Cast

Actor Role
Alfre Woodard Eunice
Laurence Fishburne Caleb Humphrey
Craig Sheffer Dr. Douglas
Joe Morton Dr. Sam Brodus
Obba Babatunde Willie Johnson
Ossie Davis Mr. Evers
E.G. Marshall The Senate Chairman

Awards and nominations

Awards
  • 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie
  • 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Alfre Woodard
  • 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie - Single Camera Production – Michael Brown
  • 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Special – Donald M. Morgan
  • 1998 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV – Alfre Woodard
Nominations
  • 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special – Laurence Fishburne
  • 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special – Obba Babatundé
  • 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special – Ossie Davis
  • 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Special – Walter Bernstein
  • 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries or a Special – Jaki Brown, Robyn M. Mitchell, Shay Griffin
  • 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography – Dianne McIntyre
  • 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Special – Wynona Price, Matthew W. Mungle
  • 1998 Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV

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