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White Man's Burden (1995)

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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Thaddeus Thomas
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Marsha Pinnock
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Megan Thomas
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Stanley
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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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Nothing stands between these two men - except money and power. 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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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,760,515 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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Connections

Referenced in Rederiet: Dolda planer (1996) See more »

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Animal
Written by Curt Kirkwood
Performed by Meat Puppets
Courtesy of London Records USA
by arrangement with Polygram Special Markets
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Eye opening, even to a black man
12 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think the ending was sad. I felt sorry for Travolta, even his son. But I disagree with the comment about "whats the point" because it shows what I go through weekly. I mean, some of it is extreme, but true. And when Belafonte remarked, "well, most of them don't have father's" in response to his wife's comment about the white kids discipline, it was... I'm at a lost for words. I'm watching it again tonight, and I think every white man needs to see the movie, and every black man. It was a trip seeing the roles flipped. But the movie is truly, "a trip". I mean, when Belafonte talks about the "socially crippled, genetically inferior" whites, its a trip, just hearing that. I study psychology, and all these theories are pervasive, and they relate to science by the genetic concepts of the 20th century, i mean, eugenics and it is really wild. Anyway, this is a must see movie. You must see it. I'm mad I didn't know it existed for the last ten years.


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