Separate But Equal (1991)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Drama, History  |  7 April 1991 (USA)
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A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation.


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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert L. 'Bob' Carter
Vivian 'Buster' Marshall
Josiah C. Tulley
Ed Hall ...
Reverend J.A. Delaine
Ruth Alice Stovall
W.B. Springer
Charles L. Black, Jr.
Henderson Forsythe ...
Gladys Hampton
Tommy Hollis ...
Harry Briggs Sr.


This film follows the true story of the NAACP court court challenge of racial school segregation in the Brown vs. Board of Education. This was the struggle would destroy the legal validity for racial segregation in general and prove to be the start and the first major victory of the civil rights movement. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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In this film Sidney Poitier, who is 6'2" tall, plays Thurgood Marshall, who was over 6' tall. See more »


When Thurgood sits down to dinner with Buster after she spent the day "running errands", he uses his fork and knife in the British/Bahamian manner, rather than how a native-raised American would use them. See more »


References The Quiet Man (1952) See more »

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More educational than entertaining
5 June 2004 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Recently, four states celebrated the 50th anniversary of a 1954 American Supreme Court landmark decision which struck down the long standing "separate but equal" status for racially divided public schools in a finding against public school racial segregation. The case for desegregation was argued by Thurgood Marshall (Poitier) - founder of the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund who later became the first black Supreme Court justice - before nine Supreme Court justices presided over by Chief Justice Earl Warren (Kiley). Though the federal trial represented a collective consideration of trials in the four states (SC, KS, VA, and DW), this 3 hour, 2 part TV miniseries docudrama focuses on the South Carolina case (Briggs et al. v. Elliott et al.) in Part 1 and the Supreme Court trial in Part 2. "Separate but Equal" has little to offer save its historical significance as it dwells mostly on the legal dialectic at work during this benchmark in the genesis of racial equality in America. Good viewing for anyone with a general interest in the history of racial issues in America or a specific interest in the NAACP or the Supreme Court. (B)

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