MARSHALL – My Movie of the Month- APRIL

by admin on April 8, 2019

MARSHALL is based on a true story, as they say in the movies. It captures an historic trial in the life of Thurgood Marshall, which led directly to the rise of the Civil Rights Movement in America.

Thurgood Marshall, a black lawyer with the NAACP, teams up with a small-town Jewish lawyer Sam Friedman, to take up the lost cause of a black man accused of raping a white woman. So far, so unpromising.

The film is almost totally taken up with the trial in a racist town with a racist judge, jury, police and lawyers, intent on only one thing. To keep the black community forever subservient. They are prepared to go to any lengths to intimidate Marshall and his defence team. And they do, with bribery, beatings, jury tampering, to mention just a few.

If the story were not true, it would seem blatantly overdone in its depiction of the deeply unsavoury side of racist America. And this is in New England Connecticut, not the deep south. Unlikely as it seems, the jury acquits the black man and the rest is history. The NAACP goes from strength to strength, led by Thurgood Marshall, who ultimately becomes the first black Supreme Court Justice in America.

A powerful story, powerfully acted.

(Now on DVD)

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