Video Review

Separate But Equal (1991)

MPAA Rating: PG
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Movie Rated: PG; Genres: Drama, Historical; With: Burt Lancaster and Sidney Poitier; Distributor: Republic Home Video

At 3 1/4 hours, this sometimes windy made-for-TV account of then NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall's fight against segregation might seem a daunting undertaking. But impassioned performances and meticulously rendered period detail make Separate But Equal worthwhile and ultimately enriching. B+

Originally posted Oct 25, 1991 Published in issue #89 Oct 25, 1991 Order article reprints