MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,855 this week

Black or White (1991)

Video  |   |  Short, Comedy, Fantasy  |  14 November 1991 (USA)
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 1,289 users  
Reviews: 9 user

In this video, Michael Jackson sings that it doesn't matter if you want to be his brother, it doesn't matter if you're black or white.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 9999 titles
created 27 Feb 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 11 Mar 2012
 
a list of 19 titles
created 26 Apr 2012
 
a list of 410 titles
created 18 Nov 2012
 
a list of 1846 titles
created 09 Jan 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Black or White" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Black or White (Video 1991)

Black or White (Video 1991) on IMDb 7.7/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Black or White.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Horror | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloody-thirsty zombies - only "Thriller" can save them now.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Vincent Price
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The music videos of Michael Jackson's Dangerous, including "Black or White," "Gone Too Soon," "Jam," "Heal the World," and more.

Directors: Billy DiCicco, David Fincher, and 8 more credits »
Stars: Michael Jackson, Naomi Campbell, Gilby Clarke
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

This has 10 of the greatest videos of all time by the king of pop. It has videos like Billie Jean,Thriller,Beat it and more.

Directors: Steve Barron, Bob Giraldi, and 7 more credits »
Stars: Michael Jackson, Alberto Alejandrino, Horace Bailey
Ghosts I (1997)
Short | Horror | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story tells of a small town that is very much bothered by a very strange and weird man living in a visually haunted house. One day the mayor decides to go with a couple of people from ... See full summary »

Director: Stan Winston
Stars: Michael Jackson, Pat Dade, Amy Smallman
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Tom Trbovich
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Harry Belafonte, Lindsey Buckingham
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Directors: Nicholas Brandt, Colin Chilvers, and 9 more credits »
Stars: Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Brandon Quintin Adams
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Director: John Singleton
Stars: Magic Johnson, Iman, Michael Jackson
Short | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" music video featuring Jackson's popular friends waiting for him to show up on set.

Director: James Yukich
Stars: Michael Jackson, Beverly Johnson, Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Michael Jackson: Bad (Video 1987)
Short | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Michael Jackson's music video for his song "Bad".

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Michael Jackson, Alberto Alejandrino, Paul Calderon
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Director: Don Wilson
Stars: Michael Jackson, Ashley Wilson
Short | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A beautiful girl walks down the street and gains the attention of Michael Jackson and Chris Tucker. They follow her and get in trouble.

Director: Paul Hunter
Stars: Michael Jackson, Chris Tucker, Marlon Brando
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Director: Sid Smith
Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Redd Foxx, Bob Hope
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself
...
Blonde kid
...
Father
...
Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter
...
Herself
Sage Galesi ...
Young Indian Dancer
Christopher Haws ...
White Baby
...
Director
...
Baby
Edit

Storyline

In this video, Michael Jackson sings that it doesn't matter if you want to be his brother, it doesn't matter if you're black or white.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Fantasy | Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 November 1991 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(short) | (long)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This video was the first to use the "morphing" technique (when people of all different races morph into each other in the last minute of the song). See more »

Goofs

When Michael sings on the Statue of Liberty torch, he wears a sleeveless tank top and a white long-sleeved outer tee-shirt. In one shot the white tee-shirt is hanging down by his elbow so part of his arm is exposed, yet in the next shot the shirt is pulled up on his shoulder so the arm is no longer visible. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Family Guy: Deep Throats (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Gray area....
15 December 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can still remember when Michael Jackson videos were hyped more than the Olympics; seemed every half hour or so MTV would give you a minute-by-minute countdown as to when the next one would premiere.

But then came "Black or White" which, while still partially good, showed a darker side of the singer that even "Thriller" didn't touch.

It starts out innocently enough, with a "Dennis the Menace"-type scene where Culkin's dad (Wendt) shouts at him to turn down his stereo, to which the kid replies by dragging some humongous speakers downstairs, hooking up his guitar and blasting dad through the roof of the house. His mom (Peggy Lipton) is cool but stern ("Your father's going to be very upset when he comes down").

Then the real video begins, with Jackson singing and dancing with different races in different countries (Africa, Russia, India, etc.) about racial equality and prejudice. Then the music ends as different people are shown lip-synching to Jackson's music, each head morphing into the other to show equality between people. It's effective and the message makes it through.

BUT, then comes the end of the video, where a black panther is seen slinking out of the studio and into the dark city streets outside. The panther morphs into Jackson, sporting an arm cast(?), who proceeds to jump onto an abandoned vehicle, smash it up with a crowbar and masturbate(!) atop it. After this is done, he jumps down from the car roof, morphs back into the panther, slinks away and is gone.

Just what was THAT supposed to signify? I couldn't ponder a guess but it all but destroys the goodwill beforehand and muddies up the equality sung about earlier.

Later showings of the video excised the last part of "Black or White" after many angry calls and letters, nowadays, that's likely the only version of Michael's video you're likely to see.

It's just as well, with all the "press" Michael's gotten lately, he doesn't need anything else hanging over his head.

Five stars, for a mostly good video, courtesy of Michael's talents and John Landis' direction.

Face it, Michael - the "Thriller" is gone....


1 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
morphing sequence swdarin
C. Thomas Howell? TheFilmChampion
the start always reminds me of Hungry LIke the Wolf skiddoo
Discuss Black or White (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?