The heartbreaking and real story of Emmett Till is being told in an emotional historical movie this month titled Till.
On August 28, 1955, a 14-year-old Black boy named Emmett Till was falsely accused of whistling at a young white woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham, working behind the counter at a grocery store. He had gone in to buy candy while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. In response, Carolyn’s husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, abducted, tortured, lynched and murdered Emmett.
The new movie, which was released on October 14, addresses the horrific incident through the eyes of Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, played by Danielle Deadwyler, and her quest for justice after the murder of her son, portrayed by Jalyn Hall.
She held an open casket funeral for Emmett because in her own words, “Let the people see what they did to my boy.” Photographs of the funeral made front-page news and the murder became a turning point in the civil rights movement in America.
The movie captures Mamie’s fighting spirit in the face of such a gut-wrenching event and the racism she continued to face as a civil rights advocate. For details on how to watch the historical film, here’s what you need to know about watching Till online:
How to watch and stream Till the movie:
Till had a limited release on October 14, which means only certain theaters are showing the movie right now. It will be available nationwide starting on October 28. Check your local listings to see if any theaters near you are screening it and get upcoming schedules for the full premiere.
If you’re a Peacock subscriber, you could watch the Universal movie right at home as early as December 12. According to Variety, a licensing deal between the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and Peacock allows the NBC app to stream any of their movies exclusively after 45 days in the theater. Per The Verge, an additional deal between Universal and Amazon will allow Amazon Prime Video and Amazon’s free ad-supported streaming service Freevee exclusive streaming capability for those same movies once their run is up on Peacock.
Don’t have Peacock or Amazon Prime Video? You can sign up for Peacock Premium starting at $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. Try out the service with a seven-day free trial. As for Amazon Prime Video, it comes as part of an Amazon Prime subscription, which costs $14.99 per month or $139 per year. You’ll have access to a library of new and classic titles, along with two-day shipping. You can test it out first via a 30-day free trial.
Other outlets report that Till will be available on other streaming platforms somewhere around January 18, 2023. When it drops on platforms, you’ll have the opportunity to watch Till on Vudu, iTunes or Google Play.
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