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A supremely fitting role: Blackmun plays a justice

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Talk about type-casting. Retired Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun plays a supreme court justice in "Amistad," a new Steven Spielberg movie.

Blackmun plays Justice Joseph Story, who wrote the 1841 court decision that 53 African mutineers brought to America on the Spanish slave ship Amistad had to be freed and returned home rather than kept in servitude in this country.Blackmun was on the court from 1970 to 1994, Story from 1812 to 1845.

The 88-year-old Blackmun's cameo role, filmed last week in Connecticut, consisted of reading Story's brief decision.