Video Review

Miss Evers' Boys

EW's GRADE
A

Details Genre: Drama; With: Laurence Fishburne, Joe Morton, Craig Sheffer and Alfre Woodard

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

Originally posted Aug 08, 1997 Published in issue #391 Aug 08, 1997 Order article reprints
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