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Black & White (1999)

Black and White (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama, Music | 5 April 2000 (USA)
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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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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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

Gross:

$5,241,315 (USA) (28 April 2000)
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Most of the script was improvised by the cast. Only Claudia Schiffer's part was fully scripted. See more »

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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: I'm Terry Donager.
Casey: Hi, I'm Casey.
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Referenced in Xchange (2001) See more »

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Written by David Goddard & Larry Vannata
Performed by The Aquatones
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Great premise, lousy film
6 October 2000 | by (Waltham, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

The topic of spoiled white kids crossing over into gangsta-rap culture -- to the point of hanging out with gangstas and participating in their crimes -- is an intriguing one that deserves much better treatment than this limp, directionless, thrown-together sequence of cliches. The photography was beautiful, the acting was competent, and it was great to see Staten Island treated as some kind of glamorous mecca (presumably because that's where Wu Tang Clan comes from), but otherwise this movie reminded me of Larry Clark's "Kids" -- just a bunch of reprehensible hoods and wannabes talking trash and acting out.


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