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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Did You Know?


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


In the mall, when Mahree gets the birthday cake, the sparkler candle goes from being put out to still being ignited between shots. See more »


Ron Dellums: [to Mahree] I'm going to bed. And you should, too. School starts tomorrow. Falling asleep in class on the first day of school is frowned on here in America. I know, because I've done it.
[Mahree giggles]
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References Freaky Friday (1976) See more »


Written by Alexander Baker (as Alexander C. Baker), Clair Marlo
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Absolutely Great!!!
1 August 2000 | by (Titusville, FL) – See all my reviews

If you haven't seen this movie, I think you should see it. I love this movie and also cried at the end when I read the truth about the movie. You need to see it so you can find out what happened then and is still happening today which is wrong. I have a world history teacher who told me that he is not African American. He said that he is, "AMERICAN," just like me and that the only thing different from him and me is that he has darker skin then me. We both do the same things(well almost I mean he is older then me), we both have friends no matter who they are.

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