7.4/10
963
5 user 33 critic

The Case Against 8 (2014)

Trailer
1:32 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $8.99 (SD) on Prime Video

A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Directors:

Ben Cotner, Ryan White

Writers:

Ben Cotner (story), Ryan White (story)
Reviews
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A documentary in which Freda Kelly looks back at her career as lifelong secretary for The Beatles.

Director: Ryan White
Stars: Freda Kelly, Paul McCartney, John Lennon
Serena I (2016)
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An intimate look into the life of tennis champion Serena Williams during her 2015-2016 season.

Director: Ryan White
Stars: Novak Djokovic, Drake, Chris Evert
Pelada (2010)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Away from the bright lights and manicured fields, there's another side of soccer. Two players, twenty-five countries, one game.

Directors: Luke Boughen, Rebekah Fergusson, and 2 more credits »
Lan se da men (2002)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An is-she-or-isn't-she gay comedy focused on a Taiwanese teen, the boy she might like, and the girl she may love.

Director: Chih-yen Yee
Stars: Lun-Mei Kwei, Bo-lin Chen, Yolin Liang
The Keepers II (2017)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.

Stars: Gemma Hoskins, Abbie Schaub, Virginia Anzengruber
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his cartoon nemesis, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian convenience store owner from The Simpsons (1989) and the larger issue of how Western culture depicts Southeast-Asian communities.

Director: Michael Melamedoff
Stars: Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aziz Ansari, W. Kamau Bell
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Friends and family reflect on the life and death of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in a targeted homophobic attack in Wyoming in 1998.

Director: Michele Josue
Stars: Michele Josue, Judy Shepard, Zeina Barkawi
Lilting (2014)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young man of Chinese-Cambodian descent dies, leaving behind his isolated mother and his 4-year male lover, who grieve but don't speak a lick of each other's language.

Director: Hong Khaou
Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Ben Whishaw, Andrew Leung
Drama

The true story of the court case to lift the Californian same-sex marriage bill.

Director: Marielle Heller
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Olson Ted Olson ... Himself
Christopher D. Dusseault Christopher D. Dusseault ... Himself (as Chris Dusseault)
Jeffrey J. Zarrillo Jeffrey J. Zarrillo ... Himself (as Jeff Zarrillo)
Paul T. Katami Paul T. Katami ... Himself (as Paul Katami)
Kristin M. Perry Kristin M. Perry ... Herself (as Kris Perry)
Sandra B. Stier Sandra B. Stier ... Herself (as Sandy Stier)
David Boies David Boies ... Himself
Ted Uno Ted Uno ... Himself
Chad Griffin Chad Griffin ... Himself, American Foundation for Equal Rights
Kristina Schake Kristina Schake ... Herself, American Foundation for Equal Rights
Adam Umhoefer Adam Umhoefer ... Himself - executive director, American Foundation for Equal Rights
Elliott Perry Elliott Perry ... Himself (as Elliot Perry)
Frank Stier Frank Stier ... Himself
Tom Stier Tom Stier ... Himself
Spencer Perry Spencer Perry ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

After the California Supreme Court ruled in May 2008 that same-sex couples could marry, a proposition was put to voters to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. After that proposition was passed a group decided to challenge the constitutionality of the amendment. This documentary follows the efforts of the plaintiffs and lawyers over four years as the case winds its way through the courts. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Battles are won because they are fought.


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2014 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Prop 8 Documentary See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ted Olsen's first wife, Barbara Olsen, was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77 en route to a taping of Bill Maher's television show "Politically Incorrect" when it was flown into the Pentagon in the September 11th attacks. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Powerful Human Story about a Remarkable Controversial Legal Case
8 March 2014 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

The Case Against 8 was very well-received at its showing at Austin's SXSW Film Festival. This film presents a powerful human portrait of the individuals involved in fighting the legal case that led to the successful legal case that legalized same-sex marriage in CA. The film provides a detailed step-by-step examination of the case and provides considerable human insight into both the unusual legal team that fought the case and the lead plaintiffs who undertook the case. The film brings their heroic struggle to life. It also provides an excellent example of how to present a legal documentary for a non-expert audience with equal parts law and humanity.

However, like so many political documentaries the film is one- sided in its presentation. It sometimes mocks the other side's arguments so that one wonders how they were not laughed out of court. Although some of their adversary's views are presented, it does not really allow an articulate presentation of the other side's case. The film does not really give any screen time to advocates for Proposition 8. Nor does it seem to take seriously the argument that Proposition 8 was supported by a majority of the state's population in a popular vote. In this sense, the film seems to cross the foggy line between documentary film making and political advocacy film making. While I agree with the filmmakers in their opposition to Proposition 8, I don't believe they present an objective multi-dimensional picture of a complex and controversial issue. I wish they had found a way to present a fairer and more complete picture of both sides in what still remains a hotly contested issue. Despite these flaws, the film still remains a powerful portrait of some very important aspects of the complex debate over same-sex marriage.


29 of 45 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed