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Black or White (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama | 30 January 2015 (USA)
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A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.



2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Eloise Anderson
Rick Reynolds
Duvan Araga
Jeremiah Jeffers
Reggie Davis
Judge Cummins
Young Nurse
Bertha Bindewald ...
Ireyon Johnson ...


Black or White is the story of a grandfather (Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white. Written by Relativity

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There's more to family than what you see.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language, thematic material involving drug use and drinking, and for a fight | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black and White  »

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,456,000 (USA) (1 February 2015)


$21,569,041 (USA) (10 May 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the pool party Uncle Victor is seen inside the home watching a football game. The game is actually stock footage of a CFL game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. You can see the Argonaut logo flash on the screen. See more »


It's clear from the plant life, the lack of significant hills or mountains in most background scenes and the design of many of the buildings that the film was not made in California. Several of the trees are obviously those which grow in wet/humid climates none of which would be located in California. See more »


[first lines]
Rick Reynolds: Elliot. Hey.
Elliot Anderson: [dialing his phone] David, it's Elliot. I'm not going home, they'll be takng her body to Richter Memorial. I'll come back in the morning, meet them, go with her, see what's the next step. I'll take to you in the morning.
Elliot Anderson: [now to Rick] ... My brother.
Rick Reynolds: She's gone?
Elliot Anderson: [yes]
Rick Reynolds: Well, what did the doctor say?
Elliot Anderson: That they, um... that they did what they could.
Rick Reynolds: Oh, God, Elliot, I'm so sorry.
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"Refuse To Lose'
Written by Cowya Hackett, Cheapshot (as Colton Fisher), Jason Rabinowitz, James Katalbas and Jared Jackson
Performed by C-Rev
Courtesy of Bridge Compositions
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Race Done Well
11 October 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Racism as a plot line has become a very safe and simple one as of late. In the past any film that even approached race was a risk, anyone working on the film would have to be very gutsy to attempt it. However as of late racism has become kind of a cop out and has become a very safe option. This however it not true of Black and White.

As soon as the movie begin we are faced with tragedy, our main character (Played by Kevin Costner) has recently losed his wife and is forced to raise he bi-racial granddaughter all by himself. As you could imagine this is no simple task, especially when you have a drinking problem. Throughout the movie we see our protagonist struggling to raise his grand-daughter alone and struggling with his heavy drinking problem that he has. To make matters worse the grandmother on the other side of the family want custody of the child.

The depth this movie goes into is incredible. In the raging custody battle both sides attempt to bring up dirt on the other to prove that they are not suited to raise a child. With twist and turns and even a downright suspenseful finish Black and White tackles many things movies haven't done before. First and foremost out hero is called many times a racist and even brings up racist remarks from time to time. Many black stereotypes are brought into question and reviewed throughout the court trial. And without spoiling anything the end contains a both amazing and very controversial monologue (The highlight of the film in my opinion)

Amidst tragedy, family, fear, and prejudice Black and White is a film that needs to be seen. It is a movie that is able to throw all this sorrow at you but still leave you with a smile when you leave the theatre. A must see.

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