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White Man's Burden (1995)

In an alternative America where African-Americans and White Americans have reversed cultural roles, a white factory worker kidnaps a black factory owner for dismissing him over perceived disdain.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Louis Pinnock
Harry Belafonte ... Thaddeus Thomas
Kelly Lynch ... Marsha Pinnock
Margaret Avery ... Megan Thomas
Tom Bower ... Stanley
Andrew Lawrence ... Donnie Pinnock
Bumper Robinson ... Martin
Tom Wright ... Lionel
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Roberta
Judith Drake ... Dorothy
Robert Gossett ... John
Wesley Thompson ... Williams
Tom Nolan Tom Nolan ... Johansson
Willie C. Carpenter ... Marcus
Michael Beach ... Policeman #1 Outside Bar
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Storyline

The story takes place in alternative America where the blacks are members of social elite, and whites are inhabitants of inner city ghettos. Louis Pinnock is a white worker in a chocolate factory, loving husband and father of two children. While delivering a package for black CEO Thaddeus Thomas, he is mistaken for a voyeur and, as a result, loses his job, gets beaten by black cops and his family gets evicted from their home. Desperate Pinnock takes a gun and kidnaps Thomas, demanding justice. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Reality just changed sides. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

White Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,760,515
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Travolta took the role of Louis Pinnock at Quentin Tarantino's urging. See more »

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Quotes

[Last lines. Mrs. Pinnock has just refused to accept from Mr. Thomas the money he owed her husband]
Thaddeus Thomas: Why don't you keep it? I can give you some more if you think... if you think it's not enough.
Marsha Pinnock: How much is enough, Mr. Thomas? How much will ever be enough?
[turns, shuts the door and walks away]
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Hyena
Written by Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman
Performed by Rancid
Courtesy of Epitaph Records
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Eye opening, even to a black man
12 April 2005 | by kingrexxxSee all my reviews

I think the ending was sad. I felt sorry for Travolta, even his son. But I disagree with the comment about "whats the point" because it shows what I go through weekly. I mean, some of it is extreme, but true. And when Belafonte remarked, "well, most of them don't have father's" in response to his wife's comment about the white kids discipline, it was... I'm at a lost for words. I'm watching it again tonight, and I think every white man needs to see the movie, and every black man. It was a trip seeing the roles flipped. But the movie is truly, "a trip". I mean, when Belafonte talks about the "socially crippled, genetically inferior" whites, its a trip, just hearing that. I study psychology, and all these theories are pervasive, and they relate to science by the genetic concepts of the 20th century, i mean, eugenics and it is really wild. Anyway, this is a must see movie. You must see it. I'm mad I didn't know it existed for the last ten years.


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