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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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Did You Know?


Second Costner role in a film both written and directed by Mike Binder. Binder also acted in the first, "The Upside of Anger" (2005) and Costner portrays an alcoholic in both films. See more »


At the beginning of the movie Costner is at home talking to Eliose. Then he asks the tutor he hired to drive him somewhere. So they leave 9 year old Eliose at the house by herself which I'm assuming was a mistake made by the director. Nothing was said or shown about having a baby sitter there so one would assume the girl was home alone. And it wasn't ever brought up in the movie that Costner left her home alone. If it wasn't a mistake then just the fact of him leaving her home alone would've been brought up in court because the film is centered around a custody battle. -- They have a maid who is there during the day so no, Elliot didn't leave Eloise alone. 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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Written by Ali Dee (Ali Theodore) and Joey Katsaros (Joseph Katsaros)
Performed by Little Wands
Courtesy of Format Entertainment
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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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