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Writer (WGA):
Lionel Chetwynd (written by)
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Release Date:
7 September 1997 (USA) See more »
It isn't just Black and White.
Four young black men kill a white woman. Now the D.A. is very cautious how to pursue this case 'cause it might start a riot... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Some clichés but mostly very well made and provides no easy answers until a terribly clichéd ending See more (5 total) »


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F. Murray Abraham ... Jim Sullivan

Dayo Ade ... Prisoner
Philip Akin ... New York Assistant D.A
Dwight Bacquie ... Orderly
Marlon Brand ... Reporter #5

Kedar Brown ... Al
Christine Brubaker ... Reporter #1
Paul Butler ... Stan

Eugene Byrd ... Kenny

Sandra Caldwell ... Kameel's Mother
Dick Callahan ... Bartender
Gloria Carlin ... Jill

Johnie Chase ... Islamic Minister

Jeff Clarke ... Reporter #3

David Clement ... Funeral Minister
Jim Codrington ... Reporter #4
Stan Coles ... Sanders

Michael Copeman ... Cop in Deli

Vladimir Jon Cubrt ... Newsroom P.A (as Jon Cubrt)

Bruce Davison ... Frank Gainer
Don Dickinson ... Sarge
Eric Fink ... Johnny
David Fraser ... 911 Supervisor
Lane Fraser ... Channel 3 Anchorwoman

Scott Gibson ... Attorney General Associate

Malcolm Goodwin ... Shawn
Michael Hanrahan ... White Hose Aide
Christine Harwart ... Nurse

Dulé Hill ... Kameel

Gregory Hines ... Reverend Walton

Judd Hirsch ... Sam Lind
Martin Julien ... Sound Man

Mia Korf ... Linda Chang

Michael Eric Kramer ... Detective

Larissa Laskin ... New York Assistant D.A
Elizabeth Lennie ... Angie
Bill MacDonald ... Station Master
Patric Masurkevitch ... Doctor
Mark Melymick ... Sergeant
Tony Meyler ... Prison Guard #2
Dave Nichols ... New Jersey D.A

Lisa Pelikan ... Betty

Joe Pingue ... Prison Guard #1

Arnold Pinnock ... Drug Dealer

Jonathan Potts ... D.A. Trainee
Steven Randazzo ... Courtroom Cop
Vito Rezza ... Transit Cop
Jackie Richardson ... Judge Winslow
Michael Ricupero ... Reporter #2
Don Ritchie ... Barry

Karen Robinson ... New Jersey Assistant D.A

Saul Rubinek ... Norm
Kevin Rushton ... Prison Guard #3

Shadia Simmons ... Harriet
Harry Spiegel ... Pete
Sandi Stahlbrand ... Connie
John Stocker ... Court Clerk

Mark Taylor ... Rodney
Tim Weber ... Anchorman
Lorna Wilson ... Attorney General
Richard Zeppieri ... Arresting Cop

Directed by
Jeremy Kagan  (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)
Writing credits
Lionel Chetwynd (written by)

Produced by
Lionel Chetwynd .... producer
Iris Dugow .... executive producer
Preston Fischer .... co-executive producer
David McAree .... line producer
Original Music by
Michel Colombier 
Cinematography by
Steven Poster  (as Steven B. Poster)
Film Editing by
Michael Economou 
Casting by
Tina Gerussi 
Beth Klein 
Production Design by
Jeff Ginn 
Set Decoration by
Brendan Smith 
Costume Design by
Suzette Daigle 
Makeup Department
Bruce Appleby .... key hair stylist
Lynda McCormack .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Carmen Arndt .... unit production manager
Peter Pastorelli .... production manager: New York
Patrick Whitley .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peggy Craven .... second assistant director: New York
David McAree .... first assistant director
Cathie McGaw .... second second assistant director
Michelle Michals .... third assistant director
Jonathan Wright .... third assistant director
Art Department
Sam Agro .... storyboard artist
Greg Chown .... lead man
Dwight Doerksen .... construction coordinator
Roger Gelfand .... head carpenter
Brandt Gordon .... second assistant art director
Garry Honcharuk .... assistant property master
Mauro Iacobelli .... scenic artist
Paul Lenart .... set dresser
Bruce Lyne .... set dresser
Shelley Nieder .... property master
Bob Sher .... first assistant art director
Sound Department
Louis Creveling .... dialogue editor
Evan Daum .... assistant sound editor
Mary Erstad .... foley mixer
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Herwig Gayer .... boom operator
Thomas Hidderley .... production sound mixer
Dean Hovey .... sound effects editor
Dean Hovey .... supervising sound editor
Robert Jackson .... adr supervisor
Robert Jackson .... dialogue editor
David Mann .... foley editor
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist
Matthew Reidenbach .... assistant sound editor
Fred Rivas .... stereo sound consultant
Joshua E. Schneider .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Scoville .... dialogue editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Daniel W. Victor Jr. .... stereo sound consultant
Thomas Volckmann .... foley editor
Mathew Waters .... sound effects editor
James A. Williams .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
John LaForet .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Kurt Godel .... digital transfer engineer
Lloyd Adams .... stunts
Marco Bianco .... stunts
Matt Birman .... stunts
Brian Jagersky .... stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunt coordinator
Deanna Ripski .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Auger .... best boy electric
Nick Bacon .... dolly grip (as Nicholas Bacon)
Pierre Berube .... electrician
Ian Bibby .... gaffer
David Blake .... assistant camera: New York
Daniel B. Canton .... electrician: New York (as Danny Canton)
Jim Cooper .... key grip: New York
Richard Eliano .... assistant camera: New York
Karen Fernandez .... camera loader
Neil Fraser .... best boy grip
Paul Gusso .... grip: New York
Kevin Hollands .... generator operator
Kevin Jewison .... camera operator
Terry Kelly .... electrician
Kevin Michael LeBlanc .... second assistant camera
James McRae .... grip
John Medland .... still photographer
David Paone .... assistant camera: New York
Norman Parker .... first assistant camera
Rafy .... still photographer
Mark Silver .... key grip
Donald Sweeney .... aerial camera operator: New York
James Tamblyn .... video playback operator
James Gordon Cooper .... key grip: New York (uncredited)
Casting Department
David Aulicino .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Meredith Jacobson .... casting: New York
Avy Kaufman .... casting: New York
Diane Kerbel .... casting: Canada
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Michelle Lang .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Claudia Smith .... casting assistant: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzanne Aplin .... assistant costume designer
Terri Frank .... wardrobe assistant
Carole Griffin .... wardrobe set supervisor
Erika Hizo-Huve .... wardrobe assistant
Alex Kavanagh .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Bob La Rossa .... color timer
David Lewis Smith .... assistant film editor
Chad Tomasoski .... post-production coordinator
Roger La Prairie .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Susan Pilcher .... music coordinator
Spencer Proffer .... supervising music producer
Transportation Department
David Ballantine .... driver
Richard Bonner .... driver: New York
Dennis Bressan .... driver
Steven 'Sparky' Carr .... driver
Mike Curran .... transportation supervisor (as Michael Curran)
Ken Fear .... driver
Allen Kosonic .... driver
Richard Maher .... transportation captain: New York
Jerome McCann .... driver captain
Bruce McLean .... transportation captain
Chris Radley Walters .... driver
Erwin Roithmeier .... driver
Steven Sacrob .... driver
Mark Van Alstyne .... transportation coordinator
Steve Warren .... driver
Carl Severin .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Other crew
Don Bachmann .... production coordinator
Virginia Campbell .... in house coordinator
Gus Diamantopoulos .... production assistant
Maria Drazilov .... location scout
Ingrid Fielden .... location production assistant
Janice Fowlie .... production accountant
Terri Garbutt .... production secretary
Anthony Kadak .... location manager
Margaret Maloney .... assistant: Mr. Kagan
Robin McConnell .... office manager
Christina Meynell .... office assistant
Guy Méthot .... location scout
Anna Rane .... script supervisor
Lisa Shamata .... unit publicist
Betsy Shankin-Morehouse .... location manager: New York (as Betsy Shankin)
B.E. Sharp .... accounting assistant
Rob Shea .... production assistant (as Robert Shea)
Sheelagh Stewart .... office assistant
Thomas Vencelides .... assistant location manager
Christopher Welch .... location scout
Hope Faith White .... assistant production accountant
Crew believed to be complete

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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Some clichés but mostly very well made and provides no easy answers until a terribly clichéd ending, 28 August 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

When a group of young black men run out of gas on a quiet road across from New York they get out to ask the motorist behind for help. However the woman motorist suspects the worst and one of the men tries to drag her out of the car to steal it. However the car phone allows the police to catch the 4 men and they are charged with the women's murder. The case seems relatively straightforward until activist Rev. Walton begins to turn to the media and makes the whole trial into a race issue, leaving the woman's husband and his lawyer frustrated by the direction of the media spin. But as one character says `This is America, it's all about race'.

When I approached this I assumed it would be a court room thriller TVM sort of thing with a good (if solid) cast. However after 20 minutes I was pleasantly surprised. It has all the trapping so a courtroom TV drama but it allows itself to be a lot more than that. In fact the actual case is really only the setting for a bigger picture. The film instead looks at race, justice and the media in America. It makes some very obvious and simple points (eg a newscaster is given the job because she is `of colour' and hence the network cannot be accused of bias) however it makes deeper better points as well.

The film's strength to me was the way it didn't give many answers but mostly raised issues without providing a way out – that was left for us to think about. We saw things on both sides of the arguments. This is best seen in the actual murder itself – the prosecution say it was an attack and the defence saying it was a misunderstanding that got out of control – we see it as an audience and it's difficult to tell who's right, it's a mix of both. This is the same throughout it's difficult to come down on either side of the fence.

The film does have weakness and it does use a bit too much character stereotyping to be great. The black men are a mix of the `gansgta type' and the `straight A student just trying to get outa da hood' type. Also the ending is, plain and simple, terrible. It is so bad and obvious that you can guess it now! It almost totally ruins the thoughtful debate that had gone before – it's like the makers couldn't end on a thoughtful note and just needed a normal thriller ending.

The solid cast are all very good (despite some stereotype and cliché) Abraham, Hines et al may not be great leading men but they hold this film up well and the support cast is full of well know faces that add to the idea of depth and quality.

Overall this is excellent. It may not be the best film ever made but lets not forget this is a TVM. It is thoughtful and never gives us easy answers – instead asking many questions. Only the occasional stereotype and a terrible, terrible ending spoil it by leaving a nasty taste in the mouth after a clever and well developed script had been well put on the screen.

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