Separate But Equal (1991)




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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. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi
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Sidney Poitier
as Thurgood Marshall
Burt Lancaster
as John W. Davis
Richard Kiley
as Earl Warren
Graham Beckel
as Tulley
William Cain
as Waties Waring
Gloria Foster
as Buster
John McMartin
as Governor Byrnes
Ed Hall
as Reverend Delaine
Macon McCalman
as Springer
Damien Leake
as Dr. Clark
Tommy Hollis
as Mr. Briggs
Mike Nussbaum
as Justice Frankfurter
John Rothman
as Jack Greenberg
Pearce Venning
as Briggs Jr.
Beeson Carroll
as Judge Parker
Henderson Forsythe
as Justice Jackson
Randle Mell
as Charles L. Black, Jr.
Albert Hall
as Oliver Hill
E. Katherine Kerr
as Mrs. Elizabeth Avery Waring
Tom Aldredge
as Justice Hugo Black
Leonard Jackson
as Harold Boulware
Jon De Vries
as David Krech
Samuel E. Wright
as Artis Patterson
Jeffrey Wright
as William Coleman
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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April 6, 2005
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Full Review… | March 1, 2004
Apollo Guide

A Hollywood big screen version would have cut out too many details, so the miniseries format is ideal in letting this piece of history unfold.

Full Review… | March 1, 2004
Apollo Guide

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January 23, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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