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Strange Justice (1999)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  29 August 1999 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Duberstein
Vernon Jordan
Sen. Danforth
Philip Shepherd ...
Charles Goodman (as Phillip Shepherd)
Marion Gray
Susan Deller Ross
Julie Desavia
Karen Hall
Janet Land ...
Ginni Lamp Thomas
Lisa Mende ...
Shirley Wiegand
Sondra Norris


Fact-based story about the sexual harassment suit filed by Anita Hill during the appointment trials of Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court during the George Bush presidential administration. The film gives both parties a fairly even presentation and does not try to assess blame. It does, however, show a lot of background political maneuvering that took place, particularly on the part of Kenneth Duberstein, an administrative spin doctor. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

29 August 1999 (USA)  »

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In 1998 Rupert Murdoch ordered Fox Television to abandon its planned production of "Strange Justice," a drama based on the book of that title by the New York Times Jill Abramson and the New Yorker's Jane Mayer about the confirmation of conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. (It was subsequently produced and shown by Showtime.) According to a New York Times report, Murdoch told an associate that Thomas was a friend of his and that he had been railroaded during his confirmation hearing. See more »


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Good story, bad story-telling
12 December 2000 | by (Detroit) – See all my reviews

The Supreme Court has always fascinated me. I was the only person I've known who took days off of work to stay glued to the Thomas confirmation hearings; to watch the conservatives steam-roll through the nomination of, perhaps, the least qualified nominee of the 20th century.

This film pulled me in for the first 20 minutes, but then ruined itself by overdramatising what should already be a horrifying story. There was no need to show both Justice Thomas and Ms Hill exploding during the committee hearings, though I think that the director was trying to be sympathetic to their outrage. Both actors did a fine job, they were just poorly directed.

The "behind-the-scenes" actions of the aides were refreshing, and true to my knowledge of the workings of Washington. But over-all the film left me (someone who stayed home to see it all live) cold.

I'd recommend it to anyone who doesn't remember the hearings, with the understanding that their guard needs to be up for the strange direction. Not to mention the fact that Justice Thomas and Ms Hill, in reality, handled themselves very well (with far less display of emotion) during the committee hearings. We also lose sense of the actual hearings; the demeaning behavior of the Republicans, the silence of Sen Kennedy, the exemplary leadership of Sen Biden, the cutting wit of Sen Heflin, etc.

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