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Separate But Equal 

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A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation.
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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This film follows the true story of the NAACP court court challenge of racial school segregation in the Brown vs. Board of Education. This was the struggle would destroy the legal validity for racial segregation in general and prove to be the start and the first major victory of the civil rights movement. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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7 April 1991 (USA) See more »

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Separate But Equal See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This was Burt Lancaster's final performance. On November 30, 1990, shortly after filming ended, he suffered a massive stroke and remained incapacitated for the final four years of his life. See more »

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On the night that Buster throws a surprise birthday party for Thurgood, after he opens the door to their apartment, he walks from the foyer into the living room before turning on a light in the darkened apartment or removing his coat and hat, when a light switch is clearly visible just inside the front door. See more »

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References The Quiet Man (1952) See more »

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16 June 2017 | by generationofswineSee all my reviews

It is educational...and as someone that works in history, I can see a teacher wanting to be lazy and using "Separate But Equal" as an excuse for it...

...but I doubt I'd ever do it. I'd want my students to form an interest in movies based on historical events.

I don't know what Poitier was thinking. Watching the mini-series anyone that read the script should have instantly gotten that "made for TV crap" vibe off it.

I gave it 5 stars. I mean, I can sit down and watch and enjoy it...but I can also read and enjoy Herzen's autobiography. I am a freak of nature that can enjoy some horribly dull things.

It's not only impossible to shake that made-for-TV vibe...but on top of it, it feels like you're watching a Lifetime Original Movie.

If you can deal with that, it's worth a watch. Otherwise there are Civil Rights movies that actually know how to make such a dramatic part of American History actually dramatic on the screen.


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