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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.

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,622,687, 7 March 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,348,761, 21 January 2019
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Armie Hammer's wife has expressed great frustration over the film not being recognized in 2019's awards season, naming both her husband and Felicity Jones' as excellent performances. See more »

Goofs

When Professor Brown and Jim Bozarth tour the DOD computer room, it cannot be a computer room of the 70's. In those days computer rooms were on raised floors with removable sections to accommodate air conditioning the equipment. The floor in that scene is simply vinyl on sub-floor without removable sections or elevation. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer, in courtroom]
Judge: The word 'woman' does not appear even once in the US Constitution.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Nor does the word 'freedom,' Your Honor.
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Soundtracks

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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kinda dull
12 January 2019 | by anniewittSee all my reviews

I didn't know much about Ruth Bader Ginsburg before I saw this movie and honestly this movie is pretty preachy.It's all very tasteful and subdued and sanitized and PC, but lacking in bite, heft, and grit. Felicity Jones is good, but her character is presented as more saint than human. It seems like something a high school class could watch to learn a bit more about her life, but it failed to engage me fully. I fell asleep in all honesty at one point.


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