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Dallas Highschool Seniors Share Thoughts on Marshall the Movie

Marshall the movie has been added to one of my favorite films that depicts an important figure in history. So when I found out a good friend of mine Ms. Priscilla Burgos took her senior US Government class at Emmett J. Conrad Highschool  to see the movie Marshall I was ecstatic. She had group of her students write their thoughts  on the film . Check out what a few of the students had to say : 

On October 2, 2017, 40 students attending Emmett J. Conrad High School were invited to see a special screening of the Marshall Movie. This movie is based on a true story. It portrays Thurgood Marshall (NAACP) and Sam Friedman representing a man named Joseph Spell.

            Marshall and Friedman take on a case in Connecticut to fight against alleged rape and attempted murder charges against Spell. They battle unfair discrimination in court, racism, and views from people who want to deem Spell guilty.

            Chadwick Boseman (Marshall) delivers a strong and confident reading of his role, as do Josh Gad (Friedman) and Sterling K. Brown (Spell).

            This movie was portrayed to be in the year 1941. In my opinion, this movie was amazing and it shows people what happened in court cases and in the world back then. It shows how African American were treated then and it’s a great message for people to come across.

  • Michaela B


On October 2nd, 2017 we got a chance to get an early screening of the movie Marshall. Marshall is the movie based on one of Thurgood Marshall’s famous case. This case is about a white woman (Eleanor Strubing) who accuses her chauffer (Joseph Spell) of raping her. This is a good movie to go out with the family and see. The movie did a great job of giving out different emotions throughout the movie.

When watching the movie they are scenes that weren’t meant to be funny but we are got a good laugh out them. Josh Gad did an amazing job in this film, most likely one of his best performance I have ever seen (personally). The only two downsides to the movie was that the movie was very predicted able which doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time watching it, but they could have done a better job.

The other downside to the movie was they didn’t get the physical appearance of Thurgood Marshall which is very important to give the movie a more realistic feel. Other than that the movie was good, it gave us many different emotions which felt like a roller-coaster with the ups and downs of the movie.   

  • Arsene I.


Ms. Burgos invited us to go watch a movie called Marshall, we were one of a few people to go watch it before it was released on the big screen, on October 13th. 

The plot was that Sterling K. brown (known by Joseph Spell in the movie) was thrown in jail because of rape and for attempting murder towards Kate Hudson (known as Eleanor Strubing in the film), Chadwick Boseman (played as Thurgood Marshall) tries to help him, so he wont be send to jail for life and tries to defend all African-Americans, works with the NAACP, that he can so he can change the worlds perspective against African-Americans.

The performance was good over-all, the thing that bothered me the most was the Judge in the movie he was too much of himself, but I can’t make judgments about how the film was filmed and where it took place.

The film looked spectacular, as the film continued I got interested in watching it  because of the setting of time. 

My opinion over-all was that this was  a good movie and I do recommend in watching this film.

  • Marco P.


On Monday, October 2nd, selected government and economics student went on a field trip to watch Marshall at Angelika theaters. The movie was about a young Thurgood Marshall traveling to Connecticut on behalf of the NAACP. His goal was to prove a black man was innocent that was accused of sexual assault and attempted murder. He teams up with a local lawyer and changes the views of racist jurors to help the black man beat his case.

I feel like the actors played their roles very well, especially Chadwick Boseman (Thurgood Marshall), Josh Gad (Sam Friedman) and Sterling K. Brown (Joseph Spell). The movie was well put together. All of the dress attires fit the times period and so did all the other props in the movie. The hair the actors had and the activities they participated in really showed the time period. In my opinion, this was one the best civil rights movies I’ve seen in a while. It was serious and portrayed the story well, but it was also funny at the same time.

  • Remondtis P.


Introduction: The initial scenes were a bit confusing due to the fact that I and I believe, most of my peers did not have prior knowledge regarding the individual who was being portrayed in the movie. After being briefed on the individual, Thurgood Marshall and what he stood for, it all started connecting and making sense.

Plot Summary:  It entailed a particular point in Thurgood Marshall’s life and this specific case which he was not able to speak for the accused black man who was set up for rape. Throughout the movie, the attorney/lawyer who was appointed to handle the case instead of Mr. Marshall works directly with him to get to the bottom of the case. Utilizing instincts and common sense, they finally figure out if their client is guilty or not.

Performance:  The lead actor, Chadwick Boseman delivered a spectacular portrayal of Thurgood Marshall. It’s hard to see him past his Black Panther character in the Avengers but he finds a way to slip out of that role and puts on a serious face for this role.

Elements:  The characters, props, and the directing was on point. The theme and mood seemed to target the year that they were aiming for. 

Opinion: Overall, the movie was brilliant and the actors were amazing at their performance.

  • Arinze I.


The students from Emmett J. Conrad High School were given a great opportunity to see a preview of the Marshall movie. The director of the drama movie is Reginald Hudlin. The movie will release to the public on October 13. This drama is based on a man named Thurgood Marshall in the time setting of the 1940’s.

Thurgood Marshall being a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), spent most of his time defending people who were falsely accused just for the color of their skin. Marshall drove his career out of passion, the cases he dealt with personally affected him because he was colored. One of the cases that he brought on was one that involved a colored chauffer (Sterling Brown) who was being falsely accused for raping the woman (Kate Hudson) that he worked for.

I thought that the actors of this movie did a fantastic job of making the setting dramatic. Movies like this motivate me to help others who are not treated fairly. I believe this is a great movie for adults, especially young adults, to watch. It helped my fellow classmates and I to have a clearer view of the injustice that has been going on for so long and has not come to an end yet. There are a lot of young people who are still not aware of the horrible things that others go through simply because they have their life handed to them on a platter. This film will help you realize that you are most likely taking your freedom for granted, and if you are not, there are many ways that you can be like Thurgood Marshall without having to be a lawyer. I highly recommend this movie, it is a 10 out of 10 on my list!

  • Jenny S.


The film Marshall demonstrates a case about a wealthy woman who accuses Joseph Spell, a colored man, of raping her. The NAACP assigns Thurgood Marshall to go defend the wrongly accused. This biography shows some very relevant cases that are happening today such as stereotypes.

There is the stereotype that a man of color always causes trouble. For this, many people decide to side with  Eleanor Strubing. Because of those stereotypes many of color have died such as Treyvon Martin and Philando Castile. This movie brings a really good message to young children and it helps them become more involved with the politics that are going on today. Although, everyone now has some type of  equal representation, racism is still happening and everyone needs to learn to respect each other equally and not based on what color, race, and gender because it’s 2017. Plus we have more things to worry about such as the natural disasters and global warming.  

  • Melenie M.


The film Marshal was a take on famous court case of Connecticut vs Joseph Spell. This depiction of what occurred in the early 1900s helps the movie progress as the audience gets a sense of what each character feels thanks to the accurate setting of the troubled and stereotypical racial times of the mid 1900s. The brilliant cast of appropriate actors was a brilliant addition as we as the audience could relate to the characters.

The movie keeps you at the edge of your feet making think like a detective as you follow leads from both sides of the prosecutors and defenders, leading you to switch perspectives at times, making you wonder is Joseph Spell guilty or innocent?

It’s truly a thrilling ride you have to watch to find out. Along the ride viewers will be filed with a variety of emotion. Some being tragic, happy, funny, and anger. I personally enjoyed this movie, I went in expecting the usual stereotypical depiction of the mid 1900s, but I was wrong there was something g different about this one.

In conclusion Marshal is a movie that does it all, catering to a variety of audiences with what it has to offer while staying true to its goal.

  • Amos I.


The​ ​movie​ ​“Marshall”​ ​was​ ​about​ ​a​ ​young​ ​Thurgood​ ​Marshall​ ​who​ ​was​ ​a lawyer​ ​representing​ ​the​ ​NAACP​ ​in​ ​court​ ​case.​ ​It​ ​takes​ ​place​ ​in​ ​a​ ​small​ ​town​ ​in Connecticut​ ​where​ ​he​ ​and​ ​local​ ​jewish​ ​lawyer,​ ​Sam​ ​Friedman,​ ​team​ ​up​ ​to​ ​acquit​ ​an African​ ​American​ ​chauffeur​ ​accused​ ​of​ ​sexual​ ​assault​ ​and​ ​attempted​ ​murder. Throughout​ ​the​ ​movie,​ ​Marshall​ ​and​ ​Friedman​ ​are​ ​fighting​ ​against​ ​the​ ​racist​ ​views of​ ​the​ ​community​ ​and​ ​corrupted​ ​judicial​ ​system.​ ​The​ ​movie​ ​director​ ​does​ ​an exceptional​ ​job​ ​of​ ​casting​ ​the​ ​movie​ ​with​ ​excellent​ ​actors​ ​to​ ​play​ ​their​ ​characters sufficiently​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Chadwick​ ​Boseman​ ​who​ ​posed​ ​as​ ​Thurgood​ ​Marshall.​ ​Also the​ ​movie​ ​does​ ​a​ ​great​ ​job​ ​of​ ​portraying​ ​how​ ​racism​ ​and​ ​Anti-semitism​ ​were prevalent​ ​in​ ​the​ ​20th​ ​century.​ ​This​ ​movie​ ​is​ ​a​ ​8​ ​on​ ​a​ ​scale​ ​from​ ​1-10,​ ​were​ ​1​ ​is​ ​the worst​ ​and​ ​10​ ​is​ ​the​ ​best.​ ​I​ ​definitely​ ​recommend​ ​watching​ ​this​ ​movie​ ​for​ ​not​ ​only​ ​it abundance​ ​of​ ​information,​ ​but​ ​entertainment​ ​as​ ​well.

  • D’Andre H


In the movie “Marshall” was a political movie of a man named Thurgood Marshall fighting in a court case about sexual assault and attempted murder.Later, in the 50s and 60s there were slavery and black men and women worked for whites ,in their households .In this case A black man named  Chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown) was the employee to A white woman named Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson) that accused the man to rape and attempt of murder.The performance of the movies was well thought out the writer and director hit the big picture of how the blacks was being treated in the system ,which they didn’t technically have a say so in the movie.The scenes of the movies was believable, the clothing was very significant .In my opinion the message was hard to understand about the movie until ,explained again ,but overall the movie was great not to many flaws was present to be corrected .

  • Dede T.


Intro: Marshall has came back from another case and is now being sent again to Connecticut for the case of a chauffeur supposedly accused of sexually assaulting a wealthy white woman. Hearing this from the association of the NAACP it’ll bring good status towards the group.

Plot Summary: In the movie, young Thurgood Marshall faces a great confrontation while working in the NAACP(National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).Marshall travel to orthodox Connecticut when a wealthy white woman accuses an African-American chauffeur of sexually assaulting her and attempted homicide. He later teams up with Sam Friedman, a civil case lawyer who never handled a felon case. Together both build up a defense while facing racism and anti semitic views from those who consider the chauffeur guilty.

Performance: The overall production was fascinating displaying scenes of racial inequality, justice, and drama during the 20th century.

Elements of Design:  The design brings about the setting during the civil rights movement around the 50s and 60s.

Opinion: In my opinion the movie was great providing a great example of inequality during the 1940s-1960s towards African-Americans and exhibiting Marshall as righteous towards the nation of colored people.

  • Lako L.


A​ ​movie​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​the​ ​civil​ ​right​ ​movement​ ​and​ ​the​ ​challenges​ ​of​ ​a​ ​African​ ​American​ ​lawyer whom​ ​battles​ ​with​ ​discrimination​ ​and​ ​injustice.​ ​Thurgood​ ​Marshall​ ​was​ ​one​ ​of​ ​very​ ​few​ ​African Americans​ ​who​ ​fought​ ​for​ ​color​ ​men​ ​and​ ​women’s​ ​fair​ ​trials​ ​and​ ​represented​ ​the​ ​NAACP,​ ​as​ ​it progressed​ ​within​ ​the​ ​movement.​ ​A​ ​movie​ ​set​ ​upon​ ​a​ ​time​ ​where,​ ​although​ ​slaves​ ​no​ ​longer existed,​ ​people​ ​among​ ​different​ ​colors​ ​other​ ​than​ ​white,​ ​were​ ​abused,​ ​crucified,​ ​tortured,​ ​and harshly​ ​denied​ ​rights​ ​because​ ​of​ ​what​ ​their​ ​skin​ ​color​ ​represented.​ ​A​ ​movie​ ​that​ ​depicted​ ​the lives​ ​of​ ​those​ ​who​ ​would​ ​associate​ ​themselves​ ​with​ ​people​ ​of​ ​color,​ ​did​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​hold​ ​the​ ​same authority​ ​nor​ ​the​ ​same​ ​reputation.​ ​Disregarding​ ​all​ ​the​ ​hardship,​ ​as​ ​the​ ​movie​ ​took​ ​a​ ​toll​ ​on white​ ​supremacy,​ ​it​ ​reminded​ ​many​ ​as​ ​to​ ​how​ ​“equality”​ ​was​ ​finally​ ​being​ ​enforced.​ ​By​ ​the​ ​law and​ ​by​ ​society.

  • Kathia S.
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