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Thurgood (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 24 February 2011
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.

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Michael Stevens
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Laurence Fishburne ... Thurgood Marshall
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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.

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USA

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English

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24 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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[first lines]
Thurgood Marshall: Well... we might as well get right down to it.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.72 (2012) See more »

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Laurence Fishburne IS Thurgood Marshall
14 November 2013 | by juliebeauchamp_2812See all my reviews

First of all, I was surprised to find out that this HBO movie was actually not a movie but a play that simply had been recorded. I guess I never bothered to do some research. I learned about "Thurgood" when I was watching the Emmys (Fishburne was nominated for his role as the civil rights -legal- activist). It definitely took me a few minutes to figure out why Thurgood Marshall was on a stage in the opening scene.

Being quite familiar with the background and jurisprudence of Justice Marshall, I found that this play was an accurate depiction of the life and time on the bench of this great progressive judge.

The reason I am giving this play/movie an 8 is because of Laurence Fishburne. He OWNS this performance. At times, I forgot I was watching a well-known actor. He merged into his character and played this great and lively man without overacting. A tour de force for Fishburne.

Fishburne carries this production by himself for over 1:30 hours but we never get tired of his presence on stage.

I also appreciated the simplicity of the set, which included only a chair, a table and a few accessories. There was nothing to distract us from Fishburne's performance.

It most certainly makes sense to have a one-man play about the life of Thurgood Marshall, considering that Justice Marshall was such a unique and interesting character.

I hope that eventually, we do get to see a movie (or "real" TV movie) on the life of Justice Marshall. Every American ought to know about the first African-American to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court and his legacy.


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