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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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Inspired by an incredible true story, of a woman who changed everything. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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

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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

After welcome dinner, when Marty lifts Ruth to cheer her up and they move towards bed, camera trolley is visible in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Erwin Griswold: [condescendingly] Let us go around the table, and each of you ladies report who you are, where you're from, and why you're occupying a place at Harvard that could have gone to a man.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

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Here Comes the Change
Performed by Kesha
Under license from Kemosabe Records/RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Written by Kesha (as Kesha Sebert), Drew Pearson, Wrabel (as Stephen Wrabel)
Published by Weenie Martini Music/Prescription Tracks (SESAC), Drew Yeah Music (BMI), Big Gay Songs/Sony ATV (BMI) and Amblin Storyteller Music (BMI)
Weenie Martini administed by Kobalt
Produced by Drew Pearson
Engineered by Drew Pearson and Gabe Burch
Recorded at The Village and Purple Dinosaur Studios, Los Angeles CA
Guitars, Piano, Organ, Drums, Harmonica, Synths and Programming by Drew Pearson
Background Vocals: Wrabel (as Stephen Wrabel) and Kesha (as Kesha Sebert)
Mixed by Tom Elmhirst at Electric Lady Studios, NY
Mastered by Mike Bozzi at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood CA
Executive Produced by Paul Katz
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A battle and challenge for equality, the right to speak up and be heard.
12 January 2019 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

The film "On the Basis of Sex" is one pretty good auto bio type picture of one legal hero Ruth Bader Ginsburg(Felicity Jones) as she's a flame and light who fought for equality and equal rights for women. The film does good to trace Ruth's humble start of going thru law school and raising a family all while trying to challenge and change the system as in her era it was a male dominated world and females took a backseat. I for one enjoyed the film for it's historical background as I enjoy pictures of history and bio type stories of political and well known figures. So give the film a see if you want to see how a woman fought for change with passion and be educated about the past of a legal legend.


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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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