Trailer for HBO’s THURGOOD, starring Laurence Fishburne

Jim Napier

by: Jim Napier
February 17th, 2011


Here is the first trailer for THURGOOD from HBO Films. The film stars Laurence Fishburne and will air February 24 on HBO in honor of Black History Month.

The film, about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, is  a recording of a one-man play filmed in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in front of a live audience. It is a first-person narrative about the man who won Brown v. Board of Education, told with the great voice and presence of Fishburne. The show made its debut at the Booth Theater in Broadway in April 2008 with Fishburne in the title role. The performance marked the playwriting debut of film and television writer/director George Stevens, Jr. (THE THIN RED LINE producer). Check out the film’s trailer and official synopsis after the break.

Official synopsis from HBO Films:

“Told in the first person by Fishburne in the role of Marshall, THURGOOD is a compelling present-tense narration revisiting the turning points in his life and career as he remembers them. From childhood stories of his family and home life in Baltimore, to his college days at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., Marshall recollects his triumphs over adversity to pursue a successful career in the judicial system fighting for human rights. Establishing benchmarks in Civil Rights advancement, Marshall tried the historic case of Brown vs. Board of Education before the Supreme Court, successfully challenging the unconsitutional segregation of black and white students in public schools. His achievements eventually led him to become the first African-American to serve as a Supreme Court Justice.”

Source /Film

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