We learned a lot about Justice Marshall in less than two hours. Compressing such a powerful story into a short time frame requires a certain economy in presentation of the facts and this is the only flaw. At one point, Governor Earl Warren is referred to as the one that interred all of the American citizens of Japanese ancestry in California during WWII. Warren did have to carry out that order, but the order came from President Roosevelt. This play also took President Eisenhower to task for not immediately enforcing school integration. It might have been nice to expand on this. Ike was in his first term when the Supreme Court made its ruling but he waited until he was re-elected before putting the muscle of the Federal government behind integration, beginning with Little Rock Central High in 1957. I have to admit that adding these clarifying details probably would have bogged "Thurgood" down, so I still give this video a "10."
I stayed with the film to the end because a lot of others felt it was a good film and John Leguizamo can be counted on for a fine performance. I thought the movie itself was only OK. Story line developed slowly and often tediously to a somewhat satisfying conclusion. I would have rated it a 5 to 6 with better camera work. I'm glad I saw the whole thing but I will never need to see it again.
HS Musical 3 has superb dancing and choreography--clearly the best of the series. Songs were well crafted, if not always well sung, and the movie is well-paced. These qualities alone tell you that those who voted "1" need to get a grip on reality. The vote reeks of a concerted effort to stuff the ballot box. (Perhaps the work of the "I hate Zac Efron Club.") In any case, those who voted "10" or "1" have done a disservice to IMDb users.
The plot is much the same as the first two films in the series and all revolves around who will end up singing the duet with Troy in the musical. You have definitely seen this all before, but this version is really fun to watch. It is clean fun. No foul language. No drinking. No sex. No sophomoric humor. Perhaps that's why so many voted so low: it is wholesome. If you don't like this sort of G rated entertainment then by all means don't watch it. However, as G rated musicals go this one is a very entertaining experience.
Is it a great movie? N0. Is it a terrible waste of time? Absolutely not. It is light-hearted entertainment with some serious twists. It is worth seeing.
Open message to IMDb: how about not counting a user's vote unless they also leave comments to support their vote? Perhaps then we would get more meaningful ratings.
Having never visited Annapolis myself I wasn't bothered by the absence of on-location integrity until the final scene. I once spent over a week living at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich (England) and I immediately recognized the Christopher Wren buildings and the Thames River. (The warship in the background is courtesy of special effects.) The chuckle at having Greenwich fill in for Annopolis is almost worth watching the movie again.
I am giving the movie a 5 because there are some good performances by the cast. It is a pity that the story was unoriginal and uninspired.
I remember this day and this incident vividly. Who could forget the obviously shaken Al Haig telling the country that he was "in control" in the White House while Vice-President Bush was still in the air. This is the story behind the story: the chaos and panic that can set in when a President is shot. There is a theme in this real-life incident that was touched upon in television's "The West Wing" when "President Bartlett" was shot: when your first priority is to get medical assistance for an injured President, there can be oversights in procedure. And there were oversights when Reagan was shot.
Richard Crenna does a wonderful job as Reagan, far superior to James Brolin's wooden caricature in "The Reagans." Richard Dreyfuss as Al Haig was brilliant. There is poignancy in the anxiety of the surgeon who "didn't even vote for the guy" and has to be reassured that he should treat Reagan like any other senior citizen in similar condition.
The rest of the cast was top notch as well. I really enjoyed this film, but then I love history and I love stories that tell us what really happened. I wonder if I will live long enough to find out what really happened the day JFK was shot.
This is a very inspirational story. Highly recommended.
I suppose that the book could only have been portrayed in a 6 hour mini-series if justice were to be done and I anticipated some streamlining. But they left out too much of the good stuff. Timeline is an entertaining and informative novel but the film focused on the action/entertainment and let Michael Crichton's research fall by the wayside. Perhaps the producers feared it would be too erudite for the common movie fan unless they thinned it down to the marketable nitty-gritty. In the book, Claire was a very complex and unpredictable woman. In the film, the script made her one-dimensional. Missing, too, were the challenges of language which could have added so much to the film. And I really missed Chris and Marek in the jousting tournament. I could go on but the bottom line is that had the film worked in another 30 minutes of material instead of focusing on the action it might have been an excellent work. As it is, it stands as a monument to Hollywood's tradition of underestimating the intelligence and needs of the audience. Don't shy away from seeing the film but, by all means, READ THE BOOK!!!!! They are two very different experiences.
The film is not unwatchable, but anyone too young to remember the actual people being portrayed should take it all with a grain of salt and find additional sources of history.
If you missed this broadcast, it is definitely worth the effort to borrow a tape from a friend who may have recorded it. I'm making a copy for my kids right now.