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Strange Justice (1999)

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 ... See full summary »

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Jane Mayer (book), Jill Abramson (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Delroy Lindo ... Clarence Thomas
Mandy Patinkin ... Kenneth Duberstein
Regina Taylor ... Anita Hill
Paul Winfield ... Thurgood Marshall
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Vernon Jordan
Stephen Young ... Sen. Danforth
Philip Shepherd Philip Shepherd ... Charles Goodman (as Phillip Shepherd)
Mimi Kuzyk ... Marion Gray
Sherry Miller ... Susan Deller Ross
Julie Khaner ... Julie Desavia
Leila Johnson ... Karen Hall
Janet Land ... Ginni Lamp Thomas
Lisa Mende ... Shirley Wiegand
Karen Glave ... Sondra Norris
Barclay Hope ... Tom Daniels
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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 <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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In 1998, Rupert Murdoch ordered FOX Television to abandon its planned production of this movie, 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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References Beauty and the Beast (1982) See more »

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Good story, bad story-telling

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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Release Date:

29 August 1999 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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