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Strange Justice (1999)

Fact-based story about the sexual harassment suit filed by Anita Hill during the appointment trials of Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court during the George Bush Presidential ... See full summary »

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Jane Mayer (book), Jill Abramson (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Delroy Lindo ... Clarence Thomas
Mandy Patinkin ... Kenneth Duberstein
Regina Taylor ... Anita Hill
Paul Winfield ... Thurgood Marshall
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Vernon Jordan
Stephen Young ... Sen. Danforth
Philip Shepherd Philip Shepherd ... Charles Goodman (as Phillip Shepherd)
Mimi Kuzyk ... Marion Gray
Sherry Miller ... Susan Deller Ross
Julie Khaner ... Julie Desavia
Leila Johnson ... Karen Hall
Janet Land ... Ginni Lamp Thomas
Lisa Mende ... Shirley Wiegand
Karen Glave ... Sondra Norris
Barclay Hope ... Tom Daniels
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Fact-based story about the sexual harassment suit filed by Anita Hill during the appointment trials of Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court during the George Bush Presidential administration. The film gives both parties a fairly even presentation and does not try to assess blame. It does, however, show a lot of background political maneuvering that took place, particularly on the part of Kenneth Duberstein, an administrative spin doctor. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Justicia salvaje See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In 1998, Rupert Murdoch ordered FOX Television to abandon its planned production of this movie, a drama based on the book of that title by the New York Times Jill Abramson and the New Yorker's Jane Mayer about the confirmation of conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. (It was subsequently produced and shown by Showtime.) According to a New York Times report, Murdoch told an associate that Thomas was a friend of his, and that he had been railroaded during his confirmation hearing. See more »

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References Beauty and the Beast (1982) See more »

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Strange Justice is Refreshingly unbiased Hollywood!
2 September 1999 | by Mr. OpEdSee all my reviews

Frankly, I'm pleasantly shocked that a 90s Hollywood film could be so balanced over a historic event which was so aflame with bias (the leftist hand of Oliver Stone was not involved). If you were firmly on the side of Anita Hill OR Clarence Thomas, this effort will probably not shake your faith and fandom. If, however, you thought one or both were lying, that Hill's going public about Thomas after following him from job to job didn't ring true or that Thomas' purported predilection with porn was sad, then this will probably make both seem more human. The movie deals more with the way the two "combatants" were manipulated, at first willingly, and later (especially in Thomas' case) kicking and screaming. The acting throughout is excellent, and the pacing is spry for such a talky tale. Note that when Hill and Thomas give long testimonies to the assembled (and silhouetted) senators, it takes on a stagy, out-of-body quality. In this, Thomas comes off much more convicted and intelligent while Hill sounds whiny and self-centered; this is, in my opinion, interesting as Thomas comes off as more naive in the rest of the picture while Hill is focused and sober. So which one does the movie portray at his or her worst? Neither. Instead, it's Senator Joe Biden. Mandy Patinkin, commenting as himself as the credit rolled, thought that Biden probably regrets not calling a key witness in the case more than anything else in his life. Sorry, Mandy. It was probably his well-known plagiarism before that. And certainly how poorly he's treated in Strange Justice before that, too. A good film and I recommend it.


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