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Ruby Bridges is a Disney television movie that originally aired as part of The Wonderful World of Disney on January 18, 1998. It was also released in Canada on January 11, 1998, Germany on November 26, 2000 and March 4, 2005 in the United Kingdom at the Images of Black Women Film Festival.
The true story of Ruby Bridges, an African-American girl who, in 1960 at age 6, 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, period), and though 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.
In the 60 United States, the young Ruby Bridges Nelle is delighted to join his new school. Yet the arrival of the little black girl in a facility previously reserved for whites is not without causing a lot of tension.
- 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 ... Ruby Nell Bridges
- Diana Scarwid ... Miss Woodmere
- Lela Rochon ... Lucielle 'Lucy' Bridges
- Toni Ann Johnson ... Alma Broyard
- Michael Burgess ... Mr. Lewis
- Al Butler ... Deputy U.S. Marshal Al Buffer
- Charlie Lucas ... Mr. Taylor
- Kiara Tucker ... Alison
- Christopher Monroe Stokes ... Carl (as Christopher Stokes)
- Whitney Tucker ... Mary
- Georgia Weeks ... Jimmy's Mother
- Jeffrey Spoto ... Jimmy
- Derin Altay ... Mrs. Stein
- Ralph Wilcox ... Pastor
- Joan Gibson ... Mrs. Taylor
- Robin Robertson ... Reporter
- John P. Menese ... Minister
- Brandon D. Morgan ... Gospel Singer
- Paula Davis ... Arlene
- Joe Maggard ... State Trooper
- John Keenan ... Barricade Guard
- Gil Johnson ... Policeman
- Chuck Kinlaw ... Policeman #1
- D.L. Anderson ... Mother #1
- Christian Fincannon ... Cathy
- Frank Aaron ... Uncredited Extra (uncredited)
- Bo Keister ... Policeman (uncredited)
- David F. Maxwell ... Fat Redneck (uncredited)