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Thurgood [Blu-ray] (2011)

Laurence Fishburne  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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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)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,238 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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20 of 22 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 16 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 Thurgood: Best one man, one act play ever February 10, 2012
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Thurgood was the ultimate in a one man stage show. The super-simplistic stage set of a table, chairs, cane, and ultimately a judge's robe adds to the "tour de force" of this fantastic performance by Fishburne as Thurgood Marshall telling the story of his amazing life. With only a few background slides flashed on a textured wall of the American flag behind him, the performance is spellbinding from beginning to end.

Howard University auditorium is the location HBO chose to film it and it proved the perfect locale. Fishburne even incorporates a couple of late arrivers to the show into the performance for good effect.

History, humor, humanity and drama blend here in a way you have never seen before and may never seen again. I intend to buy copies to donate to several local schools.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thurgood February 27, 2011
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I saw part of this stage drama on HBO a must it have for my collection. It was great to hear and see a superb depiction of a great legal adovocate for equal justice and civil rights. Mr Fishburne protrayed Justice Marshall is manner that gave life to the legal reasonings of great minds to utilize the essence of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to obtain the basic freedoms and access upon which our Nation was founded for Black Americans. Definately looking forward to purchasing a copy.
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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 Enthralling!!! Informative!!! Essential!!! March 14, 2011
I am still glowing from the distinct pleasure of having watched Laurence Fishburne so thoroughly realize a very intriguing and important figure in the civil rights struggle, Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Laurence Fishburne has indeed come a long way from Cornbread, Earl, and Me. He made his mark in his compelling portrayal of a struggling African-American father with fierce integrity in Boyz In the Hood and since then he has more than become the consummate actor. He has maintained an air of integrity around him and his characterizations regardless of the weaknesses seem to possess at the very least a measure of dignity.

This performance can certainly be counted as an accomplishment. Understanding of the world then is made very personal and thus very easy to relate to. Fisburne wonderfully exemplifies Marshall's strengths and poignantly reveals his weaknesses in this intriguing, very informative, difficult, colloquial, sad, and funny one-man show. The wonderful photography and sound effects combine to make for a compelling evening of theater. Fishburne is in his element portraying the very human and ultimately exceptional example of leadership in the fight for civil rights. I was a teenager when Marshall was appointed in the 60s and can assure you it was indeed a VERY tumultuous time. It was eerie trying to celebrate and appreciate the magnitude of this progress while cities were going up in flames all around you.....and on a fairly regular basis.

.....obviously this was far more than an excellent theater production for me.....but isn't this just what good art form is supposed to do?!! :0)

I highly recommend this as not only an excellent one-man show with a tour-de-force performance but as more than a worthy addition to any movie library! It has something to say to ANY disenfranchised community.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Strong representation of the spirit of humanity... Thurgood... What a warrior for the cause of equality...
Published 3 months ago by Anthony Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great show
Published 3 months ago by William K. Jeffers
5.0 out of 5 stars ... and was mesmerized by Lawrence Fishburne's protrayeral of this...
I sat in the second row center of the Broadway play and was mesmerized by Lawrence Fishburne's protrayeral of this great man. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wanda M. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Fishburne at his best!
Awesome portrayal of a Supreme Court Justice that is overlooked in today's society. Witty, serious, educational and thoroughly entertaining. Fishburne at his best!
Published 4 months ago by D. Rubin
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!
I truly enjoyed watching this one-man play! I hesitated to purchase, believing that one person on stage would be boring. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DaShort FON
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and flawless
Laurence Fishburne does a wonderful job in his performance in this one man show. He ages from youthful to an elder Thurgood Marshall. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Clarissa Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Thurgood
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!!
Published 7 months ago by Rhona
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this on HBO and had to have!
I was so captivated by this one man show when I first saw it that I tried ordering it before it was even available.
Published 8 months ago by Sherri VanTassel
5.0 out of 5 stars Laurence Fishburne - embodied Thurgood Marshall a must see & a must...
Laurence Fishburne played this part so well, that I swear he was possessed by Thurgood Marshall. He was eloquent, funny, serious & inspiring.
Published 10 months ago by Natalie
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 11 months ago by Jot
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