FLICKANALYSIS

MARSHALL- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic)

MARSHALL

Starring:

Chadwiick Boseman- Thurgood Marshall

Josh Gad- Sam Friedman

Kate Hudson- Eleanor Strubing

Sterling K. Brown- Joseph Spell

James Cromwell- Judge Foster

Chadwick Boseman delivers an award-winning performance as Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights attorney who won a landmark case in the new Film “Marshall”.

Thurgood Marshall, an attorney for the NAACP (National Assoc. for the Advancement of Colored People) who travel to represent black people accused of crimes just because of their color. Marshall a graduate of Howard University Law program, who very promptly sued the University of Maryland for discrimination and not allowing him to attend school there because of his color.

 

Marshall is sent to Connecticut to represent Joseph Spell, driver that the Strubing household, accused of raping and attempted murder of Mrs. Eleanor Strubing. Thurgood enlists the help of Sam Friedman, local tax lawyer, since he must be recommended by a local attorney to practice law in Connecticut. Marshall and Friedman draw Judge Foster who denies Marshalls request to represent Spell, and demands Friedman try the case and instructs Marshall “If you say one word I will hold you in contempt of court!”

Eleanor Strubing told authorities she was repeatedly raped by Spell, who burst into her room after she showered. Spell then tied her up and drover to a bridge and threw her into the river to drown her. Strubing survived and swam to shore and made it to the police station where she gave her story. Spell told Marshall he didn’t rape Mrs. Stubing, but he failed to mention that the sex was consensual.

 

Marshall has to convince an all-white jury that a beautiful white woman had an affair with a black man in the 1950’s in Connecticut with a judge eyeing to throw him in jail!

Josh Gad and Chadwick Boseman are a fantastic legal team with great chemistry and give award worth performances. Marshall is an excellent courtroom drama that sets the stage for the civil rights movement and puts the career in motion for Thurgood Marshall who would become the first African-American judge on the US Supreme Court.

Rated PG-13 (Language, Racial Violence)

Running Time: 118 mins.

Rating: 5/6 gavels 

 

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