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

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$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

Kim: Sometimes you just don't wanna be what your race is supposed to be.
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Edited into The N Word (2004) See more »

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Concerto in C for 2 Trumpets and Strings
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by 92nd Street Y Chamber Symphony of New York
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so many parts, but they make up a pretty good whole
27 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Black and White came and went from theaters in 2000, but my chance to see it came and I took it without really knowing anything about it save for some of its actors (Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr, Jared Leto, Claudia Schiffer) and that it was a drama set in the world of hip-hop and sports. Now, having seen more of James Toback's films, I can look back at this film a little more fondly or with more of a knowledge of Toback's other films in context, than I did before. There's some solid performances (mostly by Downey and a rather subdued Stiller as a drug agent), and some memorable scenes and characters. If there's one memory about the film that sticks out though it's that it's a little all-over-the-place, which is a common thing in Toback's films. The structure is like that of a sketch-book where we see a lot of Toback's ideas and passions on the world of hip-hop and (especially) on sports and gambling, but only some of the time sticks (I also remember not having much of an opinion at all about Schiffer except as being pretty and out of place even as a girlfriend character). But it does have some interesting things to say, and there are some entertaining moments and solid dramatic beats (and it has Tyson doing a choke on Downey Jr, which is worth the price of the DVD alone).


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