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Marshall (2017)

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The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

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Reginald Hudlin
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chadwick Boseman ... Thurgood Marshall
Josh Gad ... Sam Friedman
Kate Hudson ... Eleanor Strubing
Sterling K. Brown ... Joseph Spell
Dan Stevens ... Loren Willis
James Cromwell ... Judge Foster
Keesha Sharp ... Buster Marshall
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Walter White
Derrick Baskin ... Ted Lancaster
Barrett Doss ... Bertha Lancaster
Zanete Shadwick Zanete Shadwick ... Irene Lancaster
John Magaro ... Irwin Friedman
Ahna O'Reilly ... Mrs. Richmond
Jussie Smollett ... Langston Hughes
Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas ... Zora Neale Hurston
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Storyline

In 1940, Thurgood Marshall is a young lawyer for the NAACP who criss-crosses the country defending innocent African-Americans from unjust indictments in court. His latest case is in Bridgeport, Connecticut where an African-American chauffeur is accused of rape of a wealthy white society woman. To admit Marshall into the local Bar, insurance lawyer Sam Friedman is picked over his objections to do introductions in court. However, Friedman's commitment changes drastically when the racist judge forbids Marshall to speak in court, forcing Friedman to act as lead counsel. Now in an intolerable situation for the pair, Marshall must guide his new compatriot through this criminal trial even as Friedman endures not only this unfamiliar area of law, but also the bigoted pressure he now must share. However, the case proves more complex than either anticipates with unexpected twists and turns even as it becomes a vital one that would define two careers as well as the fight for justice in America. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexuality, violence and some strong language. | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marcia per la libertà See more »

Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,000,805, 15 October 2017

Gross USA:

$10,051,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,116,816
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

From 2005 to 2008 director Reginald Hudlin wrote the Marvel comic book Black Panther. Chadwick Boseman played Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and set to play the character in several more Marvel Studios films. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Marshall drops some coins into a pay phone in Mississippi to call Friedman in Connecticut to find out the verdict in the case. He would've had to call the operator, who would've called a hub, which would have established a trunk line to New York City, and so on. Making that long-distance call could take all day. See more »

Quotes

Thurgood Marshall: The Constitution was not written for us. We know that. But no matter what it takes, we're going to make it work for us. From now on, we claim it as our own.
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Composed by Salomone Rossi
Arranged and Performed by Dave Gross
Courtesy of Current Music
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It's Fine
25 July 2019 | by punisherversion1See all my reviews

Marshall Directed by Reginald Hudlin. Written by Michael Koskoff and Jacob Koskoff

I watch a variety of films. I like horror and thrillers but at the same time can enjoy a historical drama as well. This movie falls into that category. Marshall stars Chadwick Boseman(Black Panther) as Thurgood Marshall as he travels to Bridgeport, Connecticut to help a black man accused of raping a well to do woman. He is not allowed to participate in the court proceedings so his proxy is Josh Gad who is not a criminal defense attorney. This is all based on a true story. So it has that going for it.

This is a perfect example of a fine movie. A fine movie is enjoyable. A fine movie has quality performances throughout. A fine movie tells a story that you can follow and you might even be invested in but a fine movie doesn't do more than that. This is an important story. It tells how Marshall has this last trial to get the NAACP going in respect to civil rights progress.

It does all of this just fine. It just never engages more than that. It hits all the spots that it is supposed to hit when it comes to this kind of story. I hate trying to talk about movies like this. There is little to say because the movie tells it's courtroom drama adequately enough. It doesn't present with too much visual flair because the story is the most important aspect. I think it could have done with some melodramatics and some out there visual flair. It might have engaged with the pictures more than just the beat by beat it gives you.

I realize that I've not said anything about Black Panther himself. He's alright. He doesn't look a thing like Thurgood Marshall but that's not a big thing in this case. Sometimes it can be off putting. Sometimes it can be at the expense of who the character is internally. This does that somewhat. The case is the focal point.

I give this movie a C.


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