Separate But Equal (1991)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Courtroom Drama, Docudrama  |   Release Date - Apr 7, 1991 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 194 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Based on the ground-breaking Brown vs. the Board of Education case, the made-for-television Separate But Equal follows a young Thurgood Marshall (Sidney Poitier) as a lawyer who argues the racially-charged lawsuit before the Supreme Court. When the black students of Clarendon County, South Carolina are denied their request for a single schoolbus, a bitter and courages battle for justice and equality begins. The NAACP lawyer's desparate fight for the civil rights that didn't come with the outlaw of slavery nearly a century ago becomes an all-encompassing struggle both in his personal life as well as the courtroom. Marshall's opponent is John W. Davis (Burt Lancaster) and the two argue passionately and eloquently before a Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Earl Warren ($Richard Kiley). Separate But Equal is a moving and human dramatization of one of the most pivotal court cases in American history.

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Civil-Rights, cross-cultural-relations, justice, lawyer, racism, Supreme-Court, trial [courtroom]