Denise Lanctot
August 08, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Miss Evers' Boys

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
performer
Laurence Fishburne, Joe Morton, Craig Sheffer, Alfre Woodard
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

This true-blue American tragedy tells the shameful story of the government-sanctioned Tuskegee Experiment (1932-72), in which poor, rural, Southern black men were assured they were being treated for syphilis but in fact were being used as scientific guinea pigs. The story is told through the eyes of project nurse Eunice Evers (Alfre Woodard), whose complicity in the toxic experiment destroys her only hope for happiness with an independent-minded field hand (Laurence Fishburne). Woodard and Fishburne, who last month earned two of Miss Evers’ Boys‘ 12 Emmy nominations, deliver performances shimmering with equal parts restraint and passion — have the Kleenex handy! A cathartic chapter of American history, and a drama not to be missed. A

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