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The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

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Julie Cohen, Betsy West
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg ... Herself
Ann Kittner Ann Kittner ... Herself - Childhood Friend
Harryette Helsel Harryette Helsel ... Herself - Childhood Friend
Nina Totenberg Nina Totenberg ... Herself - NPR Correspondent
Martin D. Ginsburg Martin D. Ginsburg ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur R. Miller Arthur R. Miller ... Himself - Longtime Friend (as Professor Arthur Miller)
John Howard Lawson John Howard Lawson ... Himself - Screenwriter (archive footage)
Clara Spera Clara Spera ... Herself - Granddaughter
Brenda Feigen ... Herself - Harvard Law School Graduate
James Steven Ginsburg James Steven Ginsburg ... Himself - Son (as James Ginsburg)
Jane C. Ginsburg Jane C. Ginsburg ... Herself - Daughter (as Jane Ginsburg)
Lisa Beattie Frelinghuysen Lisa Beattie Frelinghuysen ... Herself - Former Clerk
Mary Hartnett Mary Hartnett ... Herself - Biographer
Wendy Williams Wendy Williams ... Herself - Biographer
Gloria Steinem ... Herself - Writer / Activist
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Storyline

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

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Hero. Icon. Dissenter.


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Rated PG for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

14 September 2018 (Sweden) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$578,470, 6 May 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,017,361, 11 October 2018
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West had both previously worked on projects involving Ginsburg, and in 2015 decided to make a documentary focusing solely on her. In 2016, the duo followed Ginsburg around to various meetings and speeches, including in Chicago and Washington, D.C., for a total of 20 hours, and conducted the face-to-face interview in 2017. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I was terribly, terribly nervous. But then, I looked up at the Justices, and I thought, 'I have a captive audience.' I knew that I was speaking to men who didn't think there was any such thing as gender-based discrimination, and my job was to tell them: it really exists.
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The closing credits include: "Martin Ginsburg Award for Supportive Husbanding Paul Barrett Oren Jacoby Jorge Aguirre" See more »

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Poweful film about a powerful woman.
23 March 2018 | by pgodlewski-569-399675See all my reviews

Very well done, inspiring documentary on "notorious" Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I got a chance to catch it at Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa, Florida. Highly recommend it because it's very motivating, informative and also charming. The film dwells into her life and the type of impact she makes on the world today.


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