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On the Basis of Sex (2018)

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The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Felicity Jones ... Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Armie Hammer ... Martin Ginsburg
Justin Theroux ... Mel Wulf
Sam Waterston ... Erwin Griswold
Kathy Bates ... Dorothy Kenyon
Cailee Spaeny ... Jane Ginsburg
Jack Reynor ... Jim Bozarth
Stephen Root ... Professor Brown
Chris Mulkey ... Charles Moritz
Gary Werntz Gary Werntz ... Judge Doyle
Francis X. McCarthy ... Judge Daugherty (as Francis Xavier McCarthy)
Ben Carlson Ben Carlson ... Judge Holloway
Ronald Guttman ... Gerald Gunther
Wendy Crewson ... Harriet Griswold
John Ralston ... Tom Miller
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Storyline

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On the Basis of Sex See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$686,355, 30 December 2018

Gross USA:

$24,622,687

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,673,750
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first case covered in Ginsburg's contracts class at Harvard Law School was Hawkins v. McGee (1943). This was also the first case covered in the contracts class in The Paper Chase (1973), also set at Harvard Law School. See more »

Goofs

In the 1959 scene where Ruth, Marty & baby Jane celebrate Ruth's job, they toast a glass of champagne and little Jane drinks a toast from a sippy cup. The "sippy cup" was manufactured by Playtex in 1981. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: [testifying before the Supreme Court] We're not asking you to change the country. That's already happened without any court's permission. We're asking you to protect the right of the country to change.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits include some "What happened to . . . " of the characters. See more »

Connections

References Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Opus 61 - Rondo
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music on behalf of Forlane Fioretti
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A feminist movie that's not "hur dur men are bad"
5 April 2019 | by james_buSee all my reviews

Firstly, as a disclaimer, I went into this knowing nothing about the woman on whom this is based or circumstances upon which this was based so without being in possession of historically accurate context I can only speak to the the movie itself.

I enjoyed it. Instead of contemporary feminism's "great vengeance and furious anger" towards men approach, this movie presented the plight of women as righting an unfair situation, set in a time when the lawmakers thought it incredulous to consider inequality even existed.

A refreshing and very welcome change of pace in the current climate. This movie didn't try to make me feel awful just for being born a particular gender.


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