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Confirmation (2016)

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Judge Clarence Thomas' nomination to the United States Supreme Court is called into question when Anita Hill, a former colleague, testifies that he sexually harassed her.


Rick Famuyiwa


Susannah Grant
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerry Washington ... Anita Hill
Wendell Pierce ... Clarence Thomas
Greg Kinnear ... Joe Biden
Jeffrey Wright ... Charles Ogletree
Eric Stonestreet ... Ken Duberstein
Bill Irwin ... Jack Danforth
Zoe Lister-Jones ... Carolyn Hart
Grace Gummer ... Ricki Seidman
Treat Williams ... Ted Kennedy
Dylan Baker ... Orrin Hatch
Erika Christensen ... Shirley Wiegand
Alison Wright ... Ginni Thomas
Malcolm Gets ... Arlen Specter
Peter McRobbie ... Alan Simpson
Kimberly Elise ... Sonia Jarvis


Judge Clarence Thomas' nomination to the United States Supreme Court is called into question when Anita Hill, a former colleague, testifies that he sexually harassed her.

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It only takes one voice to change history.


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Release Date:

16 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confirmação See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce previously starred together in Ray (2004) and Night Catches Us (2010). See more »


@ about 1:36 Greg Kinnear, playing right-handed Joe Biden signs a document with his left hand. See more »


Anita Hill: Why are you doing this?
Charles Ogletree: I've got students more qualified than Thomas. Plus, I believe you.
Anita Hill: What about tenure?
Charles Ogletree: Hell, in 24 hours, I'll be able to get any job I want. Fuck tenure.
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A Supreme Court confirmation hearing becomes complicated by Anita Hill's charges of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas.
22 April 2016 | by grimalkin-2See all my reviews

The movie did a fine job of condensing the confirmation hearing of Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court, and Anita Hill's accusations that Thomas had sexually harassed her on numerous occasions and was morally unfit to become a justice. Various issues are explored, including sexual harassment in the workplace, sexual harassment by an African American in the workplace, and sexual harassment by an African American male directed toward an African American female in the workplace. If there is a villain in the piece, it is neither Anita Hill nor Clarence Thomas (beautifully portrayed by Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce respectively), but the Democratic chairman, Joe Biden (Greg Kinnear), of the Senate committee debating Thomas's qualifications. From start to finish Biden is presented as a wuss, easily swayed and manipulated by Republicans to present Thomas in the best possible light. Along the way, Biden also loses witnesses to affirm Clarence Thomas's alleged behavior toward Anita and other women. The movie confronts the cowardliness of liberal white men (all the Democrats on the committee) dealing with sexual harassment charges that concern a black man, with the possible exception of the late-blooming Edward Kennedy who finally comes to Anita Hill's defense. For the most part, Republicans have a field day in attempting to destroy Anita Hill's reputation with bogus charges while Democrats remain mute. Greg Kinnear is completely credible as Biden as is Treat Williams as Ted Kennedy. The movie stresses how this confirmation hearing resulted in the country's growing sensitivity to sexual harassment. But it also shows how Joe Biden's ineptness results not only in Clarence Thomas's confirmation, but a generation of conservative opinions from the Supreme Court.

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