Rustin Movie

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Rustin tells the story of the brilliant civil rights mastermind behind 1963’s March On Washington; an openly gay Black man whose influential work as an activist altered the course of history.

Who's Involved:

Carra Patterson, Grantham Coleman, Maxwell Whittington-Cooper, Chris Rock, Colman Domingo, Bill Irwin, Aml Ameen, Michael Potts, Jordan-Amanda Hall, Kevin Mambo, Jeffrey Wright, David Permut, CCH Pounder, Dustin Lance Black, Glynn Turman, George C. Wolfe, Audra McDonald, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Daniel Sladek, Barack Obama, Adrienne Warren, Gus Halper, Mark R. Wright, Cotter Smith, Jakeem Dante Powell, Johnny Ramey, Jules Latimer, Ayana Workman, Jamilah Nadege Rosemond, Lilli Kay, Frank Harts, Michelle Obama, Alex G. Scott, Chris Taaffe

Release Date:

Friday, November 17, 2023 Netflix

thematic material, some violence, sexual material, language including racial slurs, brief drug use, and smoking
Runtime: N/A
Language: English

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Plot: What's the story about?

Bayard Rustin, the brilliant strategist behind 1963’s momentous March On Washington and close advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr., dedicated his life to the tireless quest for racial equality, human rights, and worldwide democracy. But as an openly gay Black man, he was all but erased from the civil rights movement he helped build.

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Who stars in Rustin: Cast List

... Bayard Rustin

Michael , Sing Sing  

... Roy Wilkins

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... A. Philip Randolph

Horizon: An American Saga Chapter 2, John Dies at the End  

... Ella Baker

Origin, Beauty and the Beast  

The Good Dinosaur, No Time to Die  

Run Sweetheart Run, The Maze Runner  



Avatar 3, Avatar: The Way of Water  

Cicada, The Piano Lesson  


Lost City of D, The Holdovers  

Who's making Rustin: Crew List

A look at the Rustin behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director George C. Wolfe last directed Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Blood on the Leaves.


Dustin Lance Black

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Production: What we know about Rustin?

Key Facts

  1. Rustin is the first feature film that Higher Ground is producing.

Filming Timeline

  1. 2022 - April: The film was set to Completed  status.
  2. 2021 - December: The film was set to Production  status.

Rustin Release Date: When was the film released?

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Rustin was a Netflix release in 2023 on Friday, November 17, 2023. There were 16 other movies released on the same date, including Trolls Band Together, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and Next Goal Wins.

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