White Man's Burden (1995)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  1 December 1995 (USA)
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The story takes place in alternative America where the blacks are members of social elite, and whites are inhabitants of inner city ghettos. Louis Pinnock is a white worker in a chocolate ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thaddeus Thomas
Marsha Pinnock
Megan Thomas
Donnie Pinnock
Tom Nolan ...


The story takes place in alternative America where the blacks are members of social elite, and whites are inhabitants of inner city ghettos. Louis Pinnock is a white worker in a chocolate factory, loving husband and father of two children. While delivering a package for black CEO Thaddeus Thomas, he is mistaken for a voyeur and, as a result, loses his job, gets beaten by black cops and his family gets evicted from their home. Desperate Pinnock takes a gun and kidnaps Thomas, demanding justice. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Two men at odds in a world turned upside down. See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »





Release Date:

1 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

White Man  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)


$3,760,515 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Travolta had filming stopped briefly so that Kelly Lynch could attend the funeral of her friend, Michael O'Donoghue. See more »


[Last lines. Mrs. Pinnock has just refused to accept from Mr. Thomas the money he owed her husband]
Thaddeus Thomas: Why don't you keep it? I can give you some more if you think... if you think it's not enough.
Marsha Pinnock: How much is enough, Mr. Thomas? How much will ever be enough?
[turns, shuts the door and walks away]
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How Can I Live Without You
Written by David Lowery & Johnny Hickman
Performed by Cracker
Courtesy of Virgin Records
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Brave attempt at inverting social prejudices, falls just short of hitting the mark.
8 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I expected good things from this film as I tend to admire directors and screenwriters who take a visually arresting premise and manipulate it in order to prompt self reflection in the audience (The Elephant Man for example). In addition, I am a big fan of Travolta and the role seemed an artistically sound one for him to undertake. Initially, the widespread symbolism is interesting and inventive, yet becomes overbearing relatively quickly, and to me it seemed that the director underestimated his audience's perception and continually rammed home his point with the subtlety of Dolph Lundgren.

The film ultimately left me frustrated because I thought the idea was a good one but the story simply wasn't multi-faceted enough to be engaging. Aside from the characters played by Travolta and Belafonte, most of the supporting cast was very underwritten, particularly the families of both men. However, the performances were very good, and I thought Belafonte conveyed the defeatism and inherent arrogance of his role particularly well.

Overall though, I thought this was pseudo-art: it masqueraded as a deep and meaningful examination of the social relevance of race, but ended up as a very simplistic story disguised by delusions of self worth.


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