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Notes on Minority Report

14 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2009  

I. Bennett Capers

Brooklyn Law School

Date Written: July 28, 2009


Using Spielberg’s 2002 film Minority Report as a cultural text, this symposium essay explores the 'de-shadowing' work film does in relation to the criminal justice system, rendering visible the schism between the justice courts imagine they are administering and the justice that actually exists. This symposium essay also examines how Minority Report problematizes the role of the spectator, both as a watcher of filmic media and as a surrogate thirteenth juror assessing truth, guilt, and innocence.

Keywords: criminal justice, film, popular culture, cultural studies, cinema, race, gender, law and humanities, cultural analysis of the law

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Capers, I. Bennett, Notes on Minority Report (July 28, 2009). Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 795, 2009; Hofstra University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-18. Available at SSRN:

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