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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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Mimi Leder
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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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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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For freedom, for respect, for the future. See more »

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: She appears as herself at the very end. See more »

Goofs

At 29:10, even though the passer-by is wearing correct costume, her makeup is modern. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: If a federal court ruled that this law is unconstitutional, then it could become the precedent others refer to and build on. Men and women both. It.. it could topple the whole damn system of discrimination.
[Martin laughs]
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: What?
Martin Ginsburg: Nothing. I'm just thrilled at your newfound enthusiasm for tax law.
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Crazy Credits

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

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References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Time Has Come Today
Written by Joseph Chambers (as Joseph Lamar Chambers) and Willie Chambers (as Willie Mack Chambers)
Performed by The Chambers Brothers
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Unfair to compare to documentary
26 December 2018 | by ljcesqSee all my reviews

A documentary is a documentary and a movie inspired by real events is just that. Each stand alone. RBG is an outstanding documentary to which On the Basis of Sex should not be compared. Yes, the movie is old fashioned reminding one of the classic movies of the 40s. So what. The subject matter is still timely even more so in the climate we are now living in...unfortunately there are probably many who want to go back to the "great" pre-Ginsburg days.


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Release Date:

11 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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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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1.85 : 1
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