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  • Actors: Laurence Fishburne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LROMXO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,827 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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It flavored and bolstered the performance.
E. Hernandez
This is the best insight into the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to date.
lonelynuts
Laurence Fishburne was at his best in portraying this great man.
Utahwoody

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 1, 2011
Format: DVD
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 By E. Hernandez VINE VOICE on March 7, 2011
Format: DVD
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 By Utahwoody on February 17, 2014
Format: DVD
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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By William K. Jeffers on July 9, 2014
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great show
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I sat in the second row center of the Broadway play and was mesmerized by Lawrence Fishburne's protrayeral of this great man. I learned so much about Thurgood that I made sure to purchase this to share with my husband and son who are not theatre goers. They too enjoyed the production.
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By D. Rubin on July 1, 2014
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Awesome portrayal of a Supreme Court Justice that is overlooked in today's society. Witty, serious, educational and thoroughly entertaining. Fishburne at his best!
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By DaShort FON on June 16, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I truly enjoyed watching this one-man play! I hesitated to purchase, believing that one person on stage would be boring. But as a fan of both history and Laurence Fishburne, I decided to take a chance. Mr. Fishburne reminds again that he is a great actor. He truly captured the spirit of Thurgood Marshall. This was far from boring! I love when I am both educated on a topic and entertained at the same time. It is what I strive to do in my classroom with my own students. Although I will not be able to show it in my classroom due to some curse words (district policy), I do recommend that families watch and discuss it together. The performance was outstanding, as was the insight into the life of a great historical figure.
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Laurence Fishburne does a wonderful job in his performance in this one man show. He ages from youthful to an elder Thurgood Marshall. It is serious but funny, sad at times but uplifting and inspirational. It is a very real look into history that educates you without you even knowing that you're being educated.
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