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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.



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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) (30 January 2015)


$21,569,041 (USA) (8 May 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


When Eloise is shown with her iPad at the kitchen table she is shown with both hands on the tablet, but when the camera angle changes, she is shown resting her head on one hand and the tablet propped up in front of her. 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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References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »

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Phenomenal don't-miss-it film.
9 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: the title is no longer "Black and White". In the film, it is now "Black Or White".

Wonderful script and beautifully acted film. It honestly tells the story showing the love, anger, hurt, tolerance and intolerance on both sides. A human drama that truthfully addresses issues of race and family issues with an interracial child in the middle. And FUNNY! Some great laugh-out-loud moments in the film. Terrific cast lead by Costner and Spencer but the two young actors playing Eloise and Duvan are flawless.

It is very rare for me to gush about a film. And I rarely ever post a review. But...do NOT miss this film. I'm afraid it may not get much of a push. This film will make it on word-of-mouth. So see it and spread the word.

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