Black & White (I) (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 <>

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Crime | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black & White  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Claudia Schiffer had to have her ears pierced specially for the large hoop earrings worn by her character in this movie. See more »


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 »


Kim: Sometimes you just don't wanna be what your race is supposed to be.
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Referenced in Ash Wednesday (2002) See more »


We Live Here
Performed by Raekwon
Contains a sample from "Ike's Mood"
Written & Performed by Isaac Hayes
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** Garbage
28 March 2001 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Exploitative and depressingly awful film by James Toback about rich white kids and their identity-seeking obsession with all things black. Toback proudly stated that most of the actors were improvising their scenes and dialogue; didn't he know that it only makes him look worse for letting such a mess go on in front of his cameras? The performances otherwise are all good, especially from Marla Maples and Claudia Schiffer, two names I never thought I'd be giving praise to. Unfortunately, the film just seems to be constantly looking for new ways to p**s you off.

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