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Confirmation (2016)

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Judge Clarence Thomas' nomination to the United States Supreme Court is called into question when Anita Hill, a former colleague, testifies that he sexually harassed her.


Rick Famuyiwa


Susannah Grant
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerry Washington ... Anita Hill
Wendell Pierce ... Clarence Thomas
Greg Kinnear ... Joe Biden
Jeffrey Wright ... Charles Ogletree
Eric Stonestreet ... Ken Duberstein
Bill Irwin ... Jack Danforth
Zoe Lister-Jones ... Carolyn Hart
Grace Gummer ... Ricki Seidman
Treat Williams ... Ted Kennedy
Dylan Baker ... Orrin Hatch
Erika Christensen ... Shirley Wiegand
Alison Wright ... Ginni Thomas
Malcolm Gets ... Arlen Specter
Peter McRobbie ... Alan Simpson
Kimberly Elise ... Sonia Jarvis


Judge Clarence Thomas' nomination to the United States Supreme Court is called into question when Anita Hill, a former colleague, testifies that he sexually harassed her.

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It only takes one voice to change history.


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Release Date:

16 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Kerry Washington was originally in negotiations to star alongside Kate Hudson in Unforgettable (2017), but decided to use her hiatus from Scandal (2012) to make this film instead. See more »


@ about 1:36 Greg Kinnear, playing right-handed Joe Biden signs a document with his left hand. See more »


Anita Hill: Why are you doing this?
Charles Ogletree: I've got students more qualified than Thomas. Plus, I believe you.
Anita Hill: What about tenure?
Charles Ogletree: Hell, in 24 hours, I'll be able to get any job I want. Fuck tenure.
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Okay as a history lesson but dull as a movie
14 September 2016 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

There's nothing terrible about Confirmation. The acting is decent, with persuasive performances. It puts out the basic facts, shows the Republican street-fight tactics that included a threat to introduce nonsensical, sleazy testimony from some Hill students, and portrays the Democrats as outgunned and, as is often the case, unwilling to pull out their own knife even after the Republicans draw blood.

The problem is, it's all pretty boring. To some extent, that may be the result of the source material; neither Thomas nor Hill is a dynamic personality, and you're essentially faced with a he-said- she-said between two staid Republican lawyers.

At the same time, the movie seems desperate to keep things dry and serious. Alan Simpson says some nutty things, but the actor says them as blandly as possible. Kinnear does a good job of imitating Biden, except his performance tosses out Biden's low-key humor in favor of midwestern blandness.

Basically, any place where the movie has a choice between making things more dynamic or less dynamic, it chooses less dynamic, resulting in something that's actually sometimes less dramatic than watching the original hearings on youtube.

Confirmation seems built for the classroom, where students can watch and discuss it. If you want to learn a little history, I'd say this is a palatable choice, but if you want to watch something enjoyable, give this a pass.

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