The Color of Friendship (2000)

TV Movie  |  TV-G  |   |  Biography, Drama, Family  |  5 February 2000 (USA)
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A white South African girl finds herself in a difficult situation when she is sent to spend a term with a black family in America.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mahree Bok
Piper Dellums
Ron Dellums
Roscoe Dellums (as Penny Johnson)
Anthony Burnett ...
Brandy Dellums
Travis Kyle Davis ...
Erik Dellums (as Travis Davis)
Susan Danford ...
Merle Bok
Stephen Jennings ...
Pieter Bok
Michael Kanev ...
Rian Bok
Ahmad Stoner ...
David Rosser ...
Reporter #1
Reporter #2
Erik Kilpatrick ...


Mahree Bok lives on a farm in South Africa. Her father is a policeman who cannot hide his joy when activist Steve Biko is caught by the South African authorities. Piper Dellums is the daughter of a US congressman from California and who lives in a nice home in Washington DC. When Mahree is chosen to spend a semester at the Dellums' house, she doesn't expect that her host family would be black. Nor do her hosts suspect that she is not a black South African. Written by Dragomir R. Radev <>

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Look beyond black and white and you'll find...The Color of Friendship







Release Date:

5 February 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Farbe der Feundschaft  »

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1.33 : 1
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Mahree Bok's name in real life was Carrie. See more »


The film is set in 1977, but the vehicle used by Carl Lumbly's character in the opening scenes is a first-generation (1981-1989) Lincoln Town Car. See more »


[Mahree just found out that her host family is black]
Mahree Bok: [to Roscoe and Piper] You're the family?
Roscoe Dellums: [nodding] Yes.
Mahree Bok: [to Congressman Dellums] And you're the Congressman?
Ron Dellums: [forcing a smile] Welcome to America.
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Sing a Song
Written by Maurice White and Al McKay
Performed by Earth, Wind, & Fire
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A very good movie with an important message.
5 February 2000 | by (Seattle, WA, USA) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie. I think that it is great for people to watch, especially younger kids. The message is clear and should be recognized by everyone. I love the fact that it takes place during the time of the apartheid in South Africa, and so the kids in America are all dressing "groovy"...Haha! That adds to the factor for kids to enjoy the movie. Anyway, this was wonderfully acted and the two girls, Piper and Mahree, did an excellent job. See this movie on the Disney Channel.

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