The Case Against 8

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Expansive in scope yet steady in focus, The Case Against 8 offers impassioned social advocacy as well as gripping viewing.



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Five years in the making, THE CASE AGAINST 8 takes a riveting inside look at the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that overturned Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage. With exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of both the powerhouse legal team of David Boies and Ted Olson and the four plaintiffs in the suit, THE CASE AGAINST 8 is a powerful emotional account of the journey that took the fight for marriage equality all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. (c) HBO

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Critic Reviews for The Case Against 8

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  • There are a few tears along the way and some laughter, but the four at the heart of the case display a remarkable stoicism and modesty, emerging as the most modest of heroes.

    Oct 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Case Against 8 documents, quietly and without histrionics, a long-drawn-out process of advocacy. It presents not only the legal conduct of the case, but also the daily lives of those most intimately affected by it.

    Oct 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Case Against 8 remains a powerful advocacy film as well as one of historical record.

    Jul 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A slickly told tale that begs for movie-of-the-week treatment.

    Jun 27, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White are dedicated to getting it all in, which occasionally impedes the flow of the story.

    Jun 26, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Even knowing the outcome, watching 8... is like watching a well-scripted legal thriller.

    Jun 19, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Case Against 8

One of the best executed documentaries on a court case that I have seen. Focusing the proceedings on the two political opposites who united behind a cause is fascinating stuff to watch.You could have taken a million angles to tell the story of this case but this one is uniquely special.

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