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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
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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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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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Costner personally financed this film because he was moved by Mike Binder's screenplay, and wanted to tell the story of the family, and to continue the conversation on race in the U.S. among the film's viewers. 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 »


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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run, do not walk, to see this film
16 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

funny, brilliant, honest script and actors who pull off both harshness and sympathy. special mention to Anthony Mackie, though I know all the critics will give a lion's share of praise to Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner. Mackie (aka the Falcon) delivers a powerful, resonating speech that simply must be heard. the judge was awesome too, absolutely spot on.

i saw this with my mother at the Toronto Intl Film Festival Elgin Winter Garden Theatre. the room was packed, and the crowd was mixed not just racially but generational too. this is truly a universal film despite its title.

i highly highly recommend this film to everyone.

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