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Thurgood [Blu-ray] (2011)

Laurence Fishburne  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Laurence Fishburne
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,814 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Thurgood was filmed in front of a live audience at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. during Black History Month, and aired exclusively on HBO. The one-man play stars Laurence Fishburne in his Tony-nominated performance as Thurgood Marshall, the remarkable Civil Rights lawyer and Supreme Court Justice. Thurgood was written by Academy Award and Emmy Award winner George Stevens, Jr., directed by Emmy Award winner Michael Stevens, and executive produced by Bill Haber.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
In staging a one man theatrical presentation, two things are certain--you've got to have a subject that is compelling enough to maintain interest and you've got to have a dynamic actor that holds an audience. In HBO's filmed adaptation of the stage show "Thurgood," we've got both! Timed for airing with Black History Month, this dramatic monologue (filmed before a live audience) brings the best of theater right into your living room. Thurgood Marshall is certainly a fascinating subject--from his early Civil Rights battles to his historical positioning in school segregation to his ascendancy to the Supreme Court, Marshall defied conventional expectations to become one of the most influential legal minds of several generations. Laurence Fishburne (another terrific actor lately relegated to the rather uninspired world of procedural TV crime drama) has a field day bringing the charismatic Marshall to life. It is certainly his most inspired and lively work in years. So the winning combination of Marshall and Fishburne make "Thurgood" a can't miss proposition--especially to lovers of theater!

Those completely new to the concept of a one man show should be aware that this is a piece that is reliant on words and performance. Aside from a couple of props and a creatively used backdrop that sets any particular scene, there is nothing here to watch except for Fishburne. So if you require extravagant production values or excessive visual stimulation, attending or watching a one man show may seem akin to watching grass grow. But if you appreciate engaging and intelligent wordplay and enjoy relevant history or even down home storytelling, it's hard not to be caught up in this delightful presentation.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
THURGOOD (2011) is one of those incredible HBO films that makes me believe in synchronicity.

I have always complained that a severe problem with American actors is they have never confronted their audience - unlike the British, who spend years performing in the streets, at Shakespeare's old haunts and tiny old theaters. The British practically lay (or jump into) the audience's lap. Americans have no idea what an "audience" is.

In THURGOOD, Lawrence Fishburne, about whom I know little other than he's an actor I love, portrays USSC Justice Thurgood Marshall, a man who was a hero to both me and my father. Hoofing about onstage at the John F. Kennedy Center, before a live audience no more than a few feet from him, Fishburne shoulders this awesome one-man-play film with such cool, studied professionalism, I felt like it was actually Marshall.

But I know all along it is Fishburne and his amazing talent. He begins old, hobbled as I recall Marshall when he announced his retirement. Then Fishburne does the amazing: he ages backward twice, with nothing more (nothing less!) than his skill. Once he ages backward to middle age, then again to about his 30s. At the end, in the space of about ten minutes, he ages back to 'old age'. And he nails Marshall spot-on, voice, gestures, jokes and foul language that were hallmarks I recall very well.

This play mainly covers the story of Marshall's rise to fame in the law, describing his major lifetime accomplishments. It is sadly thin on his Supreme Court years because he did have a habit of simply concurring with Justice Stevens and nothing more. The play is happily thin on gimmickry, but I did not like the music competing with Fishburne's lines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding February 17, 2014
Someone said it was boring! I can't believe we saw the same performance. This was poignant, funny, fascinating and extremely educational. Laurence Fishburne was at his best in portraying this great man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thurgood March 11, 2014
By Rhona
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Excellent portrayal of Thurgood Marshall. For 105 minutes Laurence is able to capture the spirit of this amazing man. His one man show is well worth seeing!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this on HBO and had to have! February 19, 2014
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I was so captivated by this one man show when I first saw it that I tried ordering it before it was even available.
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By Natalie
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Laurence Fishburne played this part so well, that I swear he was possessed by Thurgood Marshall. He was eloquent, funny, serious & inspiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem August 3, 2013
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This work hasn't received enough press in my opinion. I wouldn't have know of it had my wife not purchased tickets to see the play at the Kennedy Center last year. I learned a lot about this American hero during the play and later found myself wanting to see it again, so I bought the DVD. Justice Marshall was a key player in the civil rights movement and his actions were not something I learned about in school, nor had I bothered to investigate them as an adult. This play reveals a noble man of tremendous courage who decided to fight for civil rights within the law - quite a different approach than the civil disobedience approach of civil rights activists I did learn about in school - of course Dr Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. I would be remiss not to comment that Lawrence Fishburne does an amazing job in this single-actor play - truly a remarkable performance. Certainly a great family "movie" as well, I highly recommend buying/renting a copy to learn about a man of integrity who deserves a greater place in our history books than most of us realize.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring long soliloquy, not even a B movie.
Read Juan Williams' 1998 book, "Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary' instead of trying to endure this B 'movie'. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jot
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible.
I use this video in my U.S. History class. It gives a personal, witty, and interesting take on the civil rights movement, and illustrates the idea that the movement was a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Crystal Huddleston
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Laurence Fishburne is a Magician
I have been attending plays at the theatre since I was a small child. I have enjoyed many of them, but few have really wowed me like "Thurgood. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Julie A. Bacon
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment par excellence
Fishburne's acting is wonderful; he disappears behind Thurgood Marshall and makes the viewer feel as though s/he is actually listening to the Supreme Court Judge. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. L. McCormick
5.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal
Phenomenally written and performed! Helping to communicate our nation's history in a very personal manner that helps you understand and relate to everything.
Published 11 months ago by loves to cook Montana
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly done ! A must see !!
This is the best insight into the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to date. Laurence Fishburne out did himself on this one man act. Read more
Published 12 months ago by lonelynuts
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a keeper!
It's not the 'product' that I'm comment on - as far as quality/design - but the performance itself. I've always been a fan of Laurence Fishburne - but this Emmy Award Winning... Read more
Published 12 months ago by JC's Memom
5.0 out of 5 stars Thurgood
This is truly outstanding. I couldn't help thinking throughout the entire film that Laurence Fishburn has not received even 1/3 the acknowledgement of his talent as he should... Read more
Published 13 months ago by B. Evans
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