It had a receptive audience of one.
When this biopic hit theaters in 1992, I was the lone person in a seat for the first matinee on opening day in Oak Harbor, Washington.
Three-and-a-half hours later, as I staggered outside, overwhelmed by the power of Spike Lee’s film, and Denzel Washington’s fire-breathing lead performance, I was sure of one thing.
This was going to win Oscars, and a lot of them.
So, my 21-year-old self was naïve…
But, Oscars come and go. This film, and the life of its protagonist, endure.
A power house then, a power house now.