The year is 1950...and America is divided between black and white. Schools, restaurants, trains and buses...even drinking fountains cannot be shared by both races. Although slavery has been outlawed for nearly a century, segregation is legal. But white and Negro facilities are separate and unequal...and the tension has reached a breaking point for blacks of Clarendon County, South Carolina. When their request for a single school bus is denied by white school officials, a bitter, violent, and courageous battle for justice and equality begins...pitting black against white and friend against neighbor all across the country. The dramatic events leading from a small rural classroom to the Supreme Court decision that outlawed segregation are powerfully reenacted in this contemporary screen classic, beautifully scripted and superbly portrayed by some of Hollywood's finest actors. Sidney Poitier is Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP lawyer who took the struggle for equal rights to the highest court in the land. Burt Lancaster plays John W. Davis, the opposing counsel, and Richard Kiley is Chief Justice Earl Warren, who rallied the Court to the landmark ruling. Together they capture the complex emotional dynamics of one of this country's most significant and inspiring achievements.

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Separate But Equal (1991)

Drama · 3h 10m

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The year is 1950...and America is divided between black and white. Schools, restaurants, trains and buses...even drinking fountains cannot be shared by both races. Although slavery has been outlawed for nearly a century, segregation is legal. But white and Negro facilities are separate and unequal...and the tension has reached a breaking point for blacks of Clarendon County, South Carolina. When their request for a single school bus is denied by white school officials, a bitter, violent, and courageous battle for justice and equality begins...pitting black against white and friend against neighbor all across the country. The dramatic events leading from a small rural classroom to the Supreme Court decision that outlawed segregation are powerfully reenacted in this contemporary screen classic, beautifully scripted and superbly portrayed by some of Hollywood's finest actors. Sidney Poitier is Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP lawyer who took the struggle for equal rights to the highest court in the land. Burt Lancaster plays John W. Davis, the opposing counsel, and Richard Kiley is Chief Justice Earl Warren, who rallied the Court to the landmark ruling. Together they capture the complex emotional dynamics of one of this country's most significant and inspiring achievements.

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Released
Cast
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William Cain

Judge J. Waties Waring
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Ric Reitz

Mr. Straight
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Edward Seamon

(as Ed Seamon)
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Pearce Venning

Harry Briggs Jr.
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Laurens Moore

Judge (uncredited)
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Michael Noel

Businessman in train station (uncredited)
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Sidney Poitier

Thurgood Marshall
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Burt Lancaster

John W. Davis
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Richard Kiley

Earl Warren
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Cleavon Little

Robert L. 'Bob' Carter
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Gloria Foster

Buster Marshall
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John McMartin

Gov. James F. Byrnes
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Graham Beckel

Josiah C. Tulley
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Ed Hall

Rev. J.A. Delaine
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Lynne Thigpen

Ruth Alice Stovall
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Macon McCalman

W.B. Springer
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Randle Mell

Charles L. Black, Jr.
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Cheryl Lynn Bruce

Gladys Hampton
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Tommy Hollis

Harry Briggs
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John Rothman

Jack Greenberg
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Damien Leake

Dr. Kenneth Clark
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Mike Nussbaum

Justice Felix Frankfurter
Crew
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George Stevens Jr.

Director
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Separate But Equal

(DVD)

5/20/2003

Disc Title Front Cover

Separate But Equal

(DVD)

5/6/2014

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