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Release Date: June 6th, 2014

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary
Filmmakers Ben Cotner and Ryan White examine the landmark Supreme Court case that overturned California's Proposition 8 and its ban on same-sex marriage.

Cast: Ted Olson, Christopher D. Dusseault, Jeffrey J. Zarrillo, Paul T. Katami, Kristin M. Perry, Sandra B. Stier

Director: Ben Cotner , Ryan White

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Tripod Media, LLC

Distributors: HBO

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The documentary is strongest during these conference-room brainstorms, similar to those of a political campaign. (It could have used more of Boies’s witness-demolishing courtroom eloquence.) The draw here is watching a careful process unfold, regardless of the outcome. show more

  • Exhaustively tracking the five-year battle to overthrow California’s ban on same-sex marriage, they distill the dense legal process into a lucid narrative while illuminating the human drama of the plaintiffs, and by extension, the countless gay men and lesbians they represent. show more

  • The Case Against 8 beautifully reminds us of the human beings who opened up their lives to the world and became representatives for one of the most important movements for equal rights this country has ever seen. show more

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