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A Magical Movie Adventure Inspired by the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our Friend, Martin

What begins as a routine class project for a diverse group of sixth-graders turns into a magical, time-traveling adventure they'll never forget! Authentic historical footage of Martin Luther King Jr. is blended with colorful animation as the students learn about - and actually meet - the civil rights leader who challenged all Americans to turn his dream of freedom into reality. Produced in association with the King family, "Our Friend, Martin" features an unprecedented all-star voice cast and a hot hit soundtrack with music performed by top contemporary artists and classic Motown greats. It's a fun, new way for your family to share Dr. King's inspiring message of hope and courage that changed the course of our nation's history.


Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg

Mrs. Peck (voice)

Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson

Turner (voice)

Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon

Mrs. Clark

Richard Kind
Richard Kind

Mr. Willis (voice)

John Travolta
John Travolta

Kyle's Dad

Frank Welker
Frank Welker

Bull Connor / Chihuahua

Our Friend, Martin Cast

Name Character
Lucas Black He was 16, now 38 years old as Randy (voice)
Danny Glover He was 52, now 75 years old as Train Conductor (voice)
Samuel L. Jackson He was 50, now 72 years old as Turner (voice)
LeVar Burton He was 41, now 64 years old as Martin at Age 26 (voice) (as Levar Burton)
Whoopi Goldberg She was 43, now 65 years old as Mrs. Peck (voice)
Susan Sarandon She was 52, now 75 years old as Mrs. Clark
John Travolta He was 44, now 67 years old as Kyle's Dad
Angela Bassett She was 40, now 63 years old as Miles' Mom (voice)
Oprah Winfrey She was 44, now 67 years old as Coretta Scott King
James Earl Jones He was 67, now 90 years old as Daddy King (voice)
Frank Welker He was 47, now 70 years old as Bull Connor / Chihuahua
Ashley Judd She was 30, now 53 years old as Mrs. Dale (voice)
Richard Kind He was 42, now 64 years old as Mr. Willis (voice)
Ed Asner He was 69, now 91 years old as Mr. Harris (voice) (as Ed Asner)
Jaleel White He was 22, now 44 years old as Martin at Age 15
Yolanda King She was 43, 51 years old when she died as Christine King (voice)

Our Friend, Martin Crew

Name Department
Eric Allaman as Original Music Composer. He was 46 (now 68) years old Sound
Dawn Comer as Writer. Writing
Deborah Pratt as Writer. She was 47 (now 69) years old Writing
Robert Brousseau as Director. Directing
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A Magical Movie Adventure Inspired by the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Release day: Tuesday, January 12, 1999
  • Runtime: 60 minutes