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Thurgood -- Based on the one-man play and told in the first person by Laurence Fishburne, this film brings to life turning points in the life and career of civil rights pioneer Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.


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24 February 2011 (USA) See more »
Prior to his appointment to United States Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall worked as a lawyer for the NAACP. This one man play tells the story of his role in the civil rights movement and the people that influenced him. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Michael Stevens 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Stevens Jr. 

Produced by
Aaron B. Cooke .... associate producer
Bill Haber .... executive producer
George Stevens Jr. .... executive producer
Michael Stevens .... producer
Original Music by
Rob Mathes 
Film Editing by
Michael Polito 
Production Design by
Allen Moyer (original production design)
Costume Design by
Jane Greenwood (original costume design)
Makeup Department
Gregory Bazemore .... hair stylist
Production Management
Troy Mosley .... production manager
Sound Department
Josh Morton .... sound re-recording mixer
Ryan Rumery .... original sound design
Visual Effects by
Jake Hamilton .... main titles design
Jake Hamilton .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted Erne .... remote camera specialist
Helene Haviland .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Dave Oberg .... post production supervisor
Other crew
Ted Absher .... audience manager
Randolph Briggs .... projection programmer
Torrey Butler .... production assistant
Darius Clemons .... production assistant
Stephon Crumbley .... production assistant
Christian Kouma .... production assistant
Elaine J. McCarthy .... projection design
Alan Reback .... production accountant
Cody Speer .... coordinator

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105 min
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Thurgood Marshall:Well... we might as well get right down to it.
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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A loving, moving look at a giant in American History, 28 February 2011
Author: Don Miller (donjmiller) from Portland, Oregon, USA

I know this came out for Black History month in the U.S., and it's right on target: illuminate a pivotal figure from our national past who was an African American. Show both the obstacles overcome and the world-changing effect achieved. That's a fine formula, and it works.

But George Stevens has gone beyond the formula, and this monologue, by the amazing Laurence Fishburne as Thurgood Marshall, with slide-show and lighting effects, is surprisingly powerful. They shine their light into some of America's darkest places, yet retain humor and hope. Fishburne uses all his registers, and is a delight to watch, as he persuades you that you are in the presence of the man who, with his argument in Brown v. Board of Education, triggered the end of legal segregation in the U.S, who became the Supreme Court's first African-American member. And who gives you all the context of that life.

If you let yourself, through a spell woven by the spoken word and evocative images on the wall behind the sparsely furnished set, you'll be transported into the life and world of Thurgood Marshall. It's entertaining, enlightening and ... over too soon.

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