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Black & White (1999)

Black and White (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama, Music | 5 April 2000 (USA)
A group of white high school teens become involved with Harlem's black hip-hop crowd.

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Set in New York City, Black and White features several losely related stories centering on a pair of documentary filmmakers, Sam and her husband Terry, in following a group of caucasian teens, Raven, Charlie, Will, Marty, Wren and others who try to fit in with Harlem's black hip-hop crowd who include gangster rapper Rich Bower and his music partner Cigar in landing a recording gig, as well as college basketball player Dean who is conflicted on taking a fall on a game for shady gambler Mark Clear who has hidden agenda for Dean and Rich. Written by <pataygs@voicenet.com>

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Crime | Drama | Music

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Rated R for strong sexuality, graphic language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,212,535 (USA) (7 April 2000)

Gross:

$5,241,315 (USA) (28 April 2000)
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Trivia

Most of the script was improvised by the cast. Only Claudia Schiffer's part was fully scripted. See more »

Goofs

Dean is described repeatedly as a "star point guard." Actually, like the actor (a star basketball player in real life), Dean is a shooting guard who sometimes also plays small forward. See more »

Quotes

Terry Donager: Pa loves cock. Sorry.
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Connections

References The Day of the Dolphin (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 11
Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performed by The Concertgebouw-orchestra
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Bizarre, and Unoriginal
29 March 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Like many people I really never heard of Black and White, but when I saw the all star cast (including New York Knick Allan Houston, and controverisal boxer Mike Tyson, not to mention Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Stiller) I was drawn to it. The results were cold. Toback tries to create a movie that will educate audiences about todays black culture, and how white people imitate them. The result is multiple story lines that criss cross each other (sometimes just haphazardly) that involve people who are all somehow connected to up and coming rap artists (played realistically by Power) who have a criminal past, and may still be criminals. However Toback deviates from the real point of this movie (a look at black culture) and sticks in murder, homosexuality, corruption, and lots and lots of sex, drugs, and rap. It tries far too hard to be something its not, and it seems that all the actors were given downers to eliminate all emotion from them as the acting in this movie is just downright awful (excluding Robert Downey Jr. who is actually very good in his role). I'm surprised so many big names accepted such unusual roles (Ben Stiller as a cop???). One credit I give to Toback is persuading Mike Tyson to smack around a homosexual, and to talk about murder. Who knows why he would do that, but he was natural behind the camera. Ultimately the movie is unorganized, the acting is bad, and the script is worse. Watch it once.


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