Service To Man – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 37 minutes
Eli Rosenberg is headed to Meharry Medical College when he is pulled over by the police. Once the officer sees he is from New York and Jewish, he is harassed. Michael DuBois is headed to Meharry Medical College when he is pulled over by the police. Once the officer sees he is in a nice car and black, he is harassed. During 1967, Meharry Medical College is an all-black college in Tennesse. Once Eli and Michael arrive on campus they are given room assignments. When they are mistakenly given the same room, Michael is asked to move. This instantly creates a larger wedge between each man. While they battle each other, they both have a hard time on campus. Michael is constantly taunted for being rich and the son of a legacy doctor. While Eli is constantly tormented for being the first of 2 white students. This campus is a powder keg and if it does not get behind all its students, it will explode. But first Eli and Michael must get behind and support one person: themselves. Only then, they can help and support each other and the campus.
Based on a true story, this movie shows prejudice on both sides of the fence. Also, it shows the true meaning of college. You aren’t just there to get a degree but get a deeper understanding of the world around you and, in turn, of yourself. You will witness this growth from each student as well as the teachers. Some people change sooner than others, but everyone has a defining moment. From the sets, costumes, and historical events, this movie hones on the period with razor precision. However, a 60s backing track to the film would have placed it more within the period. This is a movie that must be witnessed.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars
It’s nice to meet you – Eli
You can start by not slamming these doors – Dean Holmes
It’s alright. I don’t believe your father knew the answer to that either – Dr. Johnson
Nothing. I don’t like you – Michael
I see my soul reflected in your eyes – Zack
I think I need a second opinion – Mel
Go ahead. Tell me I’m wrong – Dr. Feldman