The HBO movie Confirmation examines whether Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a sexual predator or an innocent man who was brutally attacked by political opponents. It revolves around the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings, during which Anita Hill, a former subordinate to Thomas, testified that Clarence Thomas had repeatedly sexually harassed and humiliated her.
The testimony was a new low in American Politics. Anita Hill described in lurid detail about the ways Clarence Thomas had described pornographic movies, sexual acts and even the size of his own penis. This testimony took place on live T.V. in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Senator Joe Biden.
Anita Hill’s testimony was so graphic that newscasters had to warn people not to let their children watch the evening news.
Confirmation does an excellent job of reporting the events without taking sides as to who was telling the truth. The movie has a cast of extraordinarily talented actors. Kerry Washington as Anita Hill is able to portray the personal and psychological toll the hearings took on her.
Wendell Pierce is perfect as Clarence Thomas. Wendell Pierce’s performance is riveting when he gives the speech where Clarence Thomas describes his ordeal as nothing more than a “high tech lynching”.
Greg Kinnear is Senator Joe Biden who at the time was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He believes that Anita Hill’s allegations must be brought to light, but at the same time is disturbed that such filthy testimony is destroying the reputation and dignity of the U.S. Senate.
Jeffrey Wright is Harvard Professor Charles Ogletree, who risked his tenure by volunteering to help Anita Hill.
So what was the truth behind the allegations? Even 25 years later no one knows for sure. Intelligent people to this day completely disagree. Either Clarence Thomas is a sexual predator who made it to the Supreme Court, or he was a victim of an unsuccessful political attack to derail his nomination. Watch Confirmation and come to your own conclusion.
- We give Confirmation our highest rating of Five Stars *****
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