Separate But Equal
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This excellent 1991 docudrama was aired in two parts. The first part looks at the segregated school system in Claredon County, South Carolina, one of the four cases that comprised the ruling, and the harm of segregation is captured in a memorable sequence in which young black children always pick the white doll rather than the black doll to describe who is smarter, better, etc. The second part of the film deals with the lengthy process by which the high court deliberated the case, doing a better job of capturing the process than any drama I have ever seen.
Portier provides Marshall with all the dignity appropriate to the role, and it is a treat to see the actor play a lawyer arguing before the high court. Lancaster, in his final role, performs a key function: he is earnest and likeable, which means that in the context of this story our opposition has to be to his position and not to him personally. In other words, this is a legal matter that has to be determined on the point of law and not on our feelings about bigots and racism.Read more ›
Such is the case here. SEPARATE BUT EQUAL does personalize the issues surrounding the Brown vs. Board of Education fight in an engaging way, while also managing to sort through the gamut of relevant legal opinions. I think that in general, the film does a remarkable job in this regard, and would be an excellent place to begin one's appreciation for the legal issues surrounding the case.
Still, in its effort to give us drama, it invites questions about certain aspects of the personal history on display.
One of the most obvious problems is also something I would hesitate to change: Sidney Poitier's performance. Thurgood Marshall in interviews sounds NOTHING like Poitier. Forget that Poitier is too old to play a man in his thirties. Poitier, and perhaps the screenwriter, simply fails to capture the colloquial essence of the man. Even so, it's too mesmerizing a performance to simply dismiss.
In its conveyance of the Supreme Court Justices, however, SEPARATE BUT EQUAL falters over more than mere accent. Much of the last hour of the movie is the story of the deliberation of the Supreme Court Justices, and I found myself wanting documentation to support the scenes displayed. Clearly, a unanimous decision of the court after a two-year deliberation would've required the kind of diplomacy that Earl Warren is shown pursuing here.Read more ›
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Years ago when it was shown on TV I recorded it to a VHS tape and wanted a copy to share with young people on DVD. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I had a copy before this and I like it better. There is nothing wrong with this one.Published 2 months ago by Anthony P. Avevor
Great historical movie---still relevant today--unfortunatelyPublished 2 months ago by Sherman R. Carter
I waited for this wonderful movie to become affordable for me, quite exceptional for my collection and in excellent condition.Published 3 months ago by Vivian Allston
I always enjoy historical movies. I had a crush on Burt Lancaster (Earl Warren) when I was a child. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jazz1152
Excellent movie! I used to show it in my classroom when I was teaching, but this time bought it for a friend for her classroom.Published 5 months ago by Jan B. Romero
It a very educational and long movie but it keeps your interest until the end.Published 5 months ago by Jadagirl