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MARSHALL is based on an early trial in the career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. It follows the young lawyer (Chadwick Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of his white socialite employer (Kate Hudson). Muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall partners with a courageous young Jewish lawyer, Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad). Together they mount the defense in an environment of racism and Anti-Semitism. The high profile case and the partnership with Friedman served as a template for Marshall’s creation of the NAACP legal defense fund.


  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Josh Gad
  • Kate Hudson
  • Sterling K. Brown
  • Dan Stevens
  • James Cromwell
  • Keesha Sharp
  • Roger Guenveur Smith
  • Derrick Baskin
  • Barrett Doss

Did You Know?


  • Josh Gad and Dan Stevens previously collaborated in Beauty and the Beast (2017).
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  • In the early 1940s, Marshall gives Friedman, whose experience is in civil law, books to get him up to speed on criminal law. However, none of the books focus on criminal law. The first, A Concise Restatement of Torts, Second Edition, about civil law, was published in 1965. The two volumes of Wigmore on Evidence are the McNaughton Revision, published in 1961. Evidentiary law discussed in Wigmore applies in both criminal and civil cases, so Friedman, a trial lawyer, would already be familiar with it. The fourth was Volume 308 of the United States Reports, which published all the US Supreme Court opinions for the 1939 October term.
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    • Thurgood Marshall: I wouldn't be here if I didn't think we could win.
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Verified Review

awesome movie

Timothy C
Verified Review

Best film of 2017 so far

Tobs M


Dec 4, 2017

Having been conceived by a lawyer, Marshall feels designed to present the case that Thurgood Marshall was a great man, without letting too much nuance cloud the issue. Depth, complexity, moral gradations — these are dangerous notions in a story you’re presenting before a fickle jury. Marshall takes the same approach.

Vince Mancini
Oct 13, 2017

Failing to be incisive or moving, Marshall is content to be genial and unthreatening—two adjectives that have never been used to describe the long, hard, ongoing fight for equality.

Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine
Oct 11, 2017

Marshall is a solid, straightforward courtroom drama with proud liberal credentials, one that could have been made by Norman Jewison around 1967.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter