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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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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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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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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,456,000 (USA) (30 January 2015)

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$21,569,041 (USA) (8 May 2015)
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Second Costner role in a film both written and directed by Mike Binder who acted in the first, "The Upside of Anger" (2005) and Costner portrays an alcoholic in both films, but Binder does not appear in "Black or White" . See more »

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When outside the law firm that Elliot visits for the first time, they're discussing his alcohol problem and a young man in a light blue shirt and mustard colored pants walks by, the same man walks by the same way as they move towards the car. See more »

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Rick Reynolds: I don' think that went as bad as you think it did. She'll make a ruling in a few days. Who knows, she may even surprise us.
Elliot Anderson: I couldn't have been a worse witness if I tried. No way in hell she's not gonna take Eloise away from me. Not a shot in hell.
Rick Reynolds: Ah, come on, you were great. Not a lot of the other Klan members could be that articulate.
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A definite must see movie that shows off some of the best acting work Costner has ever done. I really highly recommend this.
5 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"This isn't about black and white, it's about right and wrong." Elliot (Costner) has just lost his wife and is grieving the only way he can, by drinking. Him and his wife have been raising their granddaughter since she was born, but when her other grandmother Rowena (Spencer) wants custody things get ugly. Elliot must now fight to keep his granddaughter while struggling to put his life back together. I was very much looking forward to watching this movie. I am a huge Kevin Costner fan and the subject hit close to home with me. I have to say that I was not disappointed in this at all, and in some ways it was actually better than I was hoping it would be. The movie is emotional and will make you cry, think and get mad, sometimes all at once. This is really a movie I could just keep going on and on about but that would do the movie a disservice. All I will say about this is that this is a definite must see movie that shows off some of the best acting work Costner has ever done. I really highly recommend this movie. I easily give this a high A-.


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