Down 3,123 this week

Black & White (I) (1999)
"Black and White" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Music  |  5 April 2000 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.0/10 from 4,944 users   Metascore: 47/100
Reviews: 85 user | 34 critic | 27 from

A group of white high school teens become involved with Harlem's black hip-hop crowd.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 17 Feb 2011
a list of 45 titles
created 25 Sep 2011
a list of 40 titles
created 05 Jan 2013
a list of 43 titles
created 01 Sep 2013
a list of 21 titles
created 1 month ago

Related Items

Search for "Black & White" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Black & White (1999)

Black & White (1999) on IMDb 5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Black & White.



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie, caught between acne and adulthood, has just completed his final exams in... See full summary »

Director: David Keating
Stars: Catherine O'Hara, Jared Leto, Christina Ricci
Sol Goode (2003)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Sol Goode, a charismatic L.A. twenty-something, has always relied on charm, good looks, and fast talk to glide through life. But his luck may have run out; faced with eviction from his ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Comden
Stars: Amanda Anka, Jason Bateman, Beau Baxter
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Two girls, Carla and Lou meet on the street outside a loft waiting for their boyfriends. In a short time, they find out that they're waiting for the same guy - young actor Blake, who said ... See full summary »

Director: James Toback
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Heather Graham, Natasha Gregson Wagner
Highway I (2002)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After Jack gets caught with a Vegas mob's wife in bed, he's gotta hit the road. Jack's best friend Pilot accompanies him, and the pair sets out on an adventure akin to Kerouac's "On the Road".

Director: James Cox
Stars: Kimberley Kates, Jared Leto, Jake Gyllenhaal
Prefontaine (1997)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Based on the life of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner who lived in Oregon and died young

Director: Steve James
Stars: Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ed O'Neill
Urban Legend (1998)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends.

Director: Jamie Blanks
Stars: Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Underachieving, overweight kindergarten teacher Dex finds a woman who forces him to reexamine his Zen-like system of seduction.

Director: Jenniphr Goodman
Stars: Donal Logue, Ayelet Kaznelson, John Hines
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.

Director: Mike Binder
Stars: Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Gillian Jacobs
Sunset Strip (2000)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A comedy that takes place during 24 hours on Sunset Strip in 1972.

Director: Adam Collis
Stars: Simon Baker, Anna Friel, Nick Stahl
Gridlock'd (1997)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, ... See full summary »

Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall
Stars: Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth, Thandie Newton
Juice (1992)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

"Juice" is about 4 inner-city teens who get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as 'the juice'.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins
True Believer (1989)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A cynical former civil liberties attorney now reduced to "specializing" in defending drug dealers becomes transformed by an eight-year-old murder case.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Margaret Colin


Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver 'Power' Grant ...
Rich Bower (as Power)
Raekwon ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


What happens when you mix it up? See more »


Crime | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:





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)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

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 »


Wren: When you're an adult, you have to kind of know who you are.
See more »


Referenced in Ash Wednesday (2002) See more »


Heavyweight Champ
Performed by Chip Banks
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I hated them all
7 February 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Watching Robert Downey Jr. try to seduce Mike Tyson is worth the ticket price alone, but only just. The appropriation of black hip-hop culture by privileged white teenagers should prove interesting ground for storytelling, but James Toback's film is undermined by the lack of even one likeable character. It's very hard to care about the motivations or destinies of people you hate. Two pleasant surprises amongst the vignettes: Ben Stiller can be convincing outside of trash comedy; and Claudia Schiffer can actually act.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
you gotta be kidding an80sgirl
Wow. What a pile of crap. rockitk
Mike Tyson tstone-4
Jared Leto's role in the film. Mechanical_Man1039
One of the most depressing films I have ever seen secretlymancunian
Youtube BlackMamba89
Discuss Black & White (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: