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Black Rider (1993)
"Schwarzfahrer" (original title)

 |  Short, Comedy  |  4 March 1994 (USA)
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A young black man is verbally harassed by an older woman on a streetcar, while the other passengers remain silent. He finally extracts his revenge.



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Complete credited cast:
Senta Moira ...
Old Woman
Paul Outlaw ...
Black Man
Stefan Merki ...
Klaus Tilsner ...
Andrea Katzenberger ...
Andreas Schmidt ...
Mike Traynor ...
Business Man
Gottfried Mischke ...
Business Man
Ursula Schlecht ...
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Ali Atmaca ...
Zozan Atmaca ...
Erjin Sari ...
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A young black man is verbally harassed by an older woman on a streetcar, while the other passengers remain silent. He finally extracts his revenge.

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Black Rider  »

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This short film is inspired from a Norwegian commercial promoting the monthly ticket available from Oslo's public transport system written by Lasse Åberg, a Swedish comedian. Åberg also got inspiration from the urban legend "The Eaten Ticket" that first appeared in Denmark in the 1980's and soon spread to neighboring countries. See more »


[first lines]
Black Man: Is this seat taken?
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Best Revenge Ever
8 February 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

After watching a few short films made by university students and some Oscar winning shorts, I have observed that the films that win acclaim mostly fix its entire scope on a singular event and generally elevate the movie to a level where one presumes he or she has guessed the ending only to be deceived with a climax that is highly unexpected yet totally believable and (forgive me for using this word but I still have the teenager in me) awesome!

When a black man is humiliated on a train for an extended period of time by an elderly woman and there is a supporting focus on a third character, we always tend to assume the third character comes to focus in the end. I had a feeling that the guy would suddenly face the woman and ask her to control herself. Or say the child sitting opposite would kick the lady. Or if the director goes for a Scary Movie ending, then all the passengers would get up and stab that hag to death. But the ending will be a surprise no one would have guessed.

The thing that fetched it the Oscar, apart from its plot, is the irony in the title. Not many movies have so cleverly named their film.

My Rating: 8 out of 10

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