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Jack Johnson is a 1970 American documentary film directed by Jimmy Jacobs about the American boxer Jack Johnson (1878–1946). It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1][2][dead link] Cayton asked jazz artist Miles Davis to record music for the documentary, which resulted in Davis' 1971 album of the same name.[3]

Jack Johnson
Directed byJimmy Jacobs
Produced byBill Cayton
Written byAlan Bodian
Narrated byKevin Kennedy
Brock Peters
Music byMiles Davis
CinematographyLawrence Garinger
Edited byJohn Dandre
Distributed byThe Big Fights
Release date
  • 1970 (1970)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

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  1. ^ "The 43rd Academy Awards (1971) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "NY Times: Jack Johnson". The New York Times. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
  3. ^ Szwed, John F. (2002). So What: The Life of Miles Davis. Simon & Schuster. p. 307. ISBN 0684859823.

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