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On the Basis of Sex (2018)

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The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

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Mimi Leder
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Felicity Jones ... Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Armie Hammer ... Martin Ginsburg
Justin Theroux ... Mel Wulf
Sam Waterston ... Erwin Griswold
Kathy Bates ... Dorothy Kenyon
Cailee Spaeny ... Jane Ginsburg
Jack Reynor ... Jim Bozarth
Stephen Root ... Professor Brown
Chris Mulkey ... Charles Moritz
Gary Werntz Gary Werntz ... Judge Doyle
Francis X. McCarthy ... Judge Daugherty (as Francis Xavier McCarthy)
Ben Carlson Ben Carlson ... Judge Holloway
Ronald Guttman ... Gerald Gunther
Wendy Crewson ... Harriet Griswold
John Ralston ... Tom Miller
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The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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For freedom, for respect, for the future. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On the Basis of Sex See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$686,355, 30 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,622,687, 7 March 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,348,761, 21 January 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Daniel Stiepleman - the writer of the film - is Ruth Bader Ginsburg's nephew. See more »

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Quotes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: [testifying before the Supreme Court] We're not asking you to change the country. That's already happened without any court's permission. We're asking you to protect the right of the country to change.
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Wouldn't garner as much attention as "Notorious RGB"
18 December 2018 | by ccorral419See all my reviews

On the Basis of Sex. Director Mimi Leder ("The Leftovers" / "Shamless" TV - to name only a few) teams with writer Daniel Stiepleman (primarily an Art Director) to present a precursor to this years earlier "Notorious RGB". Here we learn about the early years of college law bound Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones "The Theory of Everything"), her relationship with fellow school mate and new husband Martin (Armie Hammer "Call Me By Your Name"), and just how backwards our society was when it came to women's rights in the 50's (and even today). Re-living this era/stereotype on the big screen is almost as unbelievable as experiencing what is taking place in todays political area. However, truth is a bitter reality, and it never hurts to see what we've come from, how far we've come and how much more we need to accomplish. What hinders this bio-pic are the numerous overly staged sets presented throughout the film. I understand the film is trying to establish a period in time, but most scenes were just too ordered and too crafted that it takes away from the reality the film is presenting. Jones does a fine job as the aspiring RBG, and Hammer is as handsome and believable as ever. However, both are miscast and both are fighting viewers preconceived impression of who the Ginsburg's are. The film is filled with several familiar supporting characters, including Justin Theroux "The Leftovers," Sam Waterson "Law&Order," Kathy Bates, and Stephen Root "Office Space") to name a few. Yet, each seem to be working individually from one another. "On the Basis of Sex" wouldn't garner as much attention as "Notorious RGB," but it does fill in the blanks for those who just can get enough of RGB - who makes a brief appearance in the film.


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