Excellent movie of a true story.
A great man and a great introduction to Thurgood Marshall. Loved the movie!
4 stars for the importance of presenting African-Americans and Thurgood Marshall to the world, but the film was a little too humorous for its presentation of 1940's America. Remember, this is the time where white racism and anti-semitism were rampant in America. This was the time where America repelled a shipload of Jewish refugees away from American shores to be gassed by Germany. This was the time where Blacks and Jews were red-lined out of urban American neighborhoods, American corporate jobs, and Hollywood films, and a time where Japanese-Americans were stripped of their property and sent to American concentration camps.
Entertaining yarn, based on actual events, of the early career of Thurgood Marshall who later joined the greats on the U.S. Supreme Court. I learned a few things I had not been aware of prior to viewing the video. Marshal was one of the lead attorneys during the early years of the NAACP. He argued 32 cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court only losing three. A remarkable career.
Very smooth Hollywood version of history.
I've been watching Perry Mason reruns for 50 years and Law and Order for at least four versions and even Bull, so this was something really new to me. Marshall is not glamorized at all. He is shown as a pompous jerk who neglects his wife. He is rude and condescending throughout the movie--but I suspect the real Marshall was probably like that. How you produce a whole movie about that era and not use the N word in every scene is beyond me, but they managed to show the same disrespect, nonetheless.
Not an edge of your seat thriller, but the relationship between Marshall and Friedman creates good tension, the prosecutor manages to play his role as evil, entitled rich kid without falling into melodrama, and the Judge cuts the line between good-old-boy helping a pal's son win a case and following the law so close that I expected blood to start seeping from his skin.
What a GOOD movie! The lead was perfect, although probably not as tall as Thurgood Marshall. The forewoman of the jury was sharp in a small part. Dan Matthews of “Downton Abbey” fame was a smarmy prosecuting attorney, and James Cromwell, who always plays a convincing racist, did it again. I like Thurgood’s confidence and how he encourages and teaches his reluctant partner.
Good film overall, although I felt something was a bit off throughout.
I really enjoyed this movie - a period piece and courtroom drama. One small criticism is that people spoke differently back then and I wish they used more the language of the day.
Interesting court case of a black man and white socialite woman where Marshall was only an adviser and could not speak since he was from out of state.
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