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White Man's Burden (1995)

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Thaddeus Thomas
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Marsha Pinnock
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Megan Thomas
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Stanley
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Donnie Pinnock
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Martin
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Lionel
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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 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>

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Reality just changed sides. See more »

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Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »
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1 December 1995 (USA)  »

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White Man  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,760,515 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Quentin Tarantino also urged Kelly Lynch to do the film. Tarantino's company, A Band Apart, produced it. See more »

Quotes

[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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Broken TV
Written by Gavin Rossdale
Performed by Bush
Courtesy Trauma / Interscope Records
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Excellent because of its ability to disturb.
1 January 1999 | by (Boise, Idaho) – See all my reviews

Although on the surface a stupid, simplistic and "unrealistic" film, there is much more to the film. If the roles were reversed and every black character was played by a white and every white by a black I would be bored to tears, the film would never have made a dime, and we'd all hate it with justification. However, it was this very realization, during the film, which made me respect its message. Because the roles are completely and totally reversed, swapping black and white character for character, the film is disturbing. It's almost painful to watch. Ask yourself while you're watching how you're reacting and how the reaction would be different if there were no race reversals. Maybe that's because of the stereotypes we have in place and the roles we do play in the world - if it were just another story about a black man down on his luck we'd all yawn but because it's a white man and all of society is reversed, we watch, we wonder how it will play out, and we're bothered by it. I analogize the film to Planet of the Apes in some ways because of its ability to make us step back and take a look at society in a different way entirely. It is not as well done as Planet of the Apes but is worthwhile.


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