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Civil: Ben Crump

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Black lawyer seeks fair justice for all; language; violence.

Movie PG-13 2022 101 minutes
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One of the most moving moments in this film treasure about seeking equal legal justice for everyone is Ben Crump's memory of a role model. "The thing I remember most profoundly about meeting my personal hero, Thurgood Marshall, was he did not tell us young, Black, aspiring lawyers to go into courtrooms and argue what is legal," says Crump of the former Supreme Court Associate Justice in Civil: Ben Crump. "He told us, 'Go in courtrooms and always argue what is right.' " And upon arrival there, notes the North Carolina native, "my grandmother taught me, which included when you're speaking, raise your head, look a person in the eye, and don't ever hold your head down." Viewers of this cinematic vision from director Nadia Hallgren (Becoming) will inarguably hold their heads up high after seeing Civil: Ben Crump.

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