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The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

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Credited cast:
Bill Clinton ... Himself (as President Bill Clinton)
Sharron Frontiero Sharron Frontiero ... Herself
James Steven Ginsburg James Steven Ginsburg
Jane C. Ginsburg Jane C. Ginsburg ... Herself
Martin D. Ginsburg Martin D. Ginsburg ... Himself (archive footage)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg ... Herself
Orrin Hatch Orrin Hatch ... Himself
Lilly Ledbetter Lilly Ledbetter ... Herself
Rush Limbaugh ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
The Notorious B.I.G. ... Himself (archive footage)
Antonin Scalia ... Himself (archive footage)
Clara Spera Clara Spera
Gloria Steinem ... Herself
Nina Totenberg Nina Totenberg ... Herself
Stephen Wiesenfeld Stephen Wiesenfeld ... Himself
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At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

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Hero. Icon. Dissenter.


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Rated PG for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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English

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

RBG - Ein Leben für die Gerechtigkeit See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$578,470, 6 May 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,017,361, 11 October 2018
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CNN Films,Storyville Films See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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During her interview, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's granddaughter Clara Spera calls Ginsburg "Bubbie" and explains that Bubbie is Yiddish for "grandmother." Later, Spera refers to her grandfather (Ginsburg's late husband Martin D. Ginsburg) as "Tateh" without explaining that Tateh is Yiddish for "father." See more »


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Not only inspires you, but motivates you to change the world like she did
11 May 2018 | by rannynmSee all my reviews

I have been a fan of Justice Ginsburg since she first came into focus in the 70s, as an advocate of women's rights. This documentary about her life offers insight into her personal history and the people around her who supported her for so many years. She is an inspiration in so many ways. Shy and somewhat introverted, she never let that keep her from pursuing a career path that was unique for woman at the time. She entered Harvard Law School in 1956, one of 9 women in a class of 500 men. I resonated with her story about the Dean reportedly asking the female law students, "How do you justify taking a spot from a qualified man?"

Justice Ginsburg proudly speaks about being born and bred in Brooklyn. In the 70s she co-founded the Women's Rights Project at the ACLU. We listen to Gloria Steinem and Nina Totenberg reveal tales of her past that make you realize how pivotal her involvement in the women's movement was. Filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West dig into the substance of this woman with a judicious zeal usually reserved for our deceased heroes. As a staunch feminist, her nomination to the Supreme Court could have been way-laid had not President Clinton been wowed by her in the first 15 minutes of her interview with him. Then, he knew that he had to put her on the Court.

The love story between Ruth and Martin Ginsburg is nothing less than awe-inspiring. I love how she tells about her undergraduate years at Cornell where there was a four to one ratio of boys to girls. "Every mother wanted to send their daughter there because, if you couldn't find a husband there, you were hopeless." She reveals that during her freshman year, she never dated the same boy twice. That is, until she met Marty, who was the first guy that recognized she had a brain. When President Carter brought her to the federal bench, Marty gave up his success career as a tax attorney in New York to move to DC to support her. He recognized Ruth for the super star that she is and later, when she was nominated to the Supreme Court, rallied on her behalf with endless enthusiasm. Also noted is that he was the cook in the family. Her children tell how they had to keep her out of the kitchen.

One thing I really like about this film is that it focuses on Justice Ginsburg's life long fight against gender discrimination. She experienced it first hand as a fresh law school graduate that could not get a job in any law office in New York City because "they didn't hire women." She has never given up the fight, and there have been many - for women in the military who were discriminated against for pay and benefits, for widowed men who couldn't get survivor benefits. She chose her plaintiffs carefully, picking a male to show that gender discrimination worked against both men and women.

Although this film may lack verve in terms of groundbreaking filmmaking, it is stunning beautiful in telling the story of a contemporary hero. 84-year-old Justice Ginsburg is an icon of our times. A woman who has weathered extremely difficult conditions and sits on the highest court in the country as someone dedicated to equality - for women, for people of different races and cultures - for all of us. She is a modern heroine and, as shy and quiet as she is - carries a big stick! I have been touting this film to all the young women and men in my universe and sending them to it. Most walk away stunned. My 20-year-old friends never even knew who she was before going to see the film. Many weep as they watch it. Now, that's something. That's important. If this film manages to get one young person's attention and give them the courage to stand up for what they believe, then these filmmakers have something to be outrageously proud of. I believe they have.

Reviewed by Ranny L., KIDS FIRST! Juror.


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