Gov. Robert Bentley, whose administration helped attract the movie company to Alabama: "It is very difficult to watch because of the remembrance of what happened 50 years ago. ... The struggles that took place in that time changed America forever. It is our history. ... It shows how far we've come, and I'm proud of how far we've come."
State Sen. Hank Sanders, who helped start the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma and helps organize the annual march celebration called the Bridge Crossing Jubilee: "It is a very powerful movie, and it made the points well. It is a movie, not a documentary, and it had very powerful acting."