A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation.
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 <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Release Date:

7 April 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This was Burt Lancaster's final performance. On 30 November 1990, shortly after filming ended, he suffered a massive stroke and remained incapacitated for the final four years of his life. See more »


This entire movie is set in the 1950's. However, in at least one of the New York street scenes, both the clothing on the pedestrians and the cars on the street appear to date from the late 1960's and/or the 1970's. 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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