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Black & White (1999)

Black and White (original title)
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A group of white high school teens become involved with Harlem's black hip-hop crowd.

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James Toback

Writer:

James Toback

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Caan ... Scotty
Robert Downey Jr. ... Terry Donager
Stacy Edwards ... Sheila King
Allan Houston ... Dean Carter
Gaby Hoffmann ... Raven
Kidada Jones ... Jesse
Jared Leto ... Casey
Marla Maples ... Muffy
Joe Pantoliano ... Bill King
Bijou Phillips ... Charlie
Oliver 'Power' Grant ... Rich Bower (as Power)
Raekwon Raekwon ... Cigar
Claudia Schiffer ... Greta
William Lee Scott ... Will King
Brooke Shields ... Sam Donager
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Storyline

Set in New York City, Black and White features several losely related stories centering on a pair of documentary filmmakers, Sam and her husband Terry, in following a group of caucasian teens, Raven, Charlie, Will, Marty, Wren and others who try to fit in with Harlem's black hip-hop crowd who include gangster rapper Rich Bower and his music partner Cigar in landing a recording gig, as well as college basketball player Dean who is conflicted on taking a fall on a game for shady gambler Mark Clear who has hidden agenda for Dean and Rich. Written by <pataygs@voicenet.com>

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Crime | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, graphic language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black & White See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,212,535, 9 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,241,315, 30 April 2000
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Robert Downey, Jr. was offered the part of playing the husband to Brooke Shields' character, he decided he wanted to play the character as a gay man, who hits on every guy he met in the film. He became a bit nervous when he found out one of those men would be Mike Tyson, but James Toback told him to stick to his original plan. See more »

Goofs

Dean is described repeatedly as a "star point guard." Actually, like the actor (a star basketball player in real life), Dean is a shooting guard who sometimes also plays small forward. See more »

Quotes

Kim: Sometimes you just don't wanna be what your race is supposed to be.
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Alternate Versions

U.S. version was cut from its original NC-17 rating to be re-rated R. See more »

Connections

Featured in Keeping It Real: James Toback in Black and White (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Hip Hop
Performed by Raekwon
Contains a sample from "Love That Will Not Die"
Written & Performed by Johnny 'Guitar' Watson
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Dazed and confused
18 July 2001 | by cofemugSee all my reviews

Well, at least that's what this movie becomes in the end. Actually, I couldn't finish the movie. I got 90 minutes into it, and gave up hope that the movie would return to its beginning. The movie starts out good, with a nice angry premise. It seemed so full of venom and froth that the movie would turn out to become a great statement about white culture, black culture, inner city culture, middle class culture, etc.

The movie begins with a black man and two white girls having sex. Then jumps to show that one is middle class. Then, in one of its greatest moments, it has a white guy explore the difference between N-a and

N-r. That was a priceless moment. It adds to the fun with Brooks Shields, and Downey (unnecessarily, but fun). And it keeps going with brutality.

However (There's that nasty word), the movie loses itself fairly quickly. It gets caught up with a basketball player being bribe to lose a game, then blackmailed for accepting it. It goes on, and the movie begins to have a plot instead of a theme, which has nothing to do with the theme. Its like, the movie lost its way, and had nothing left to say. I think I knew where it was going to go with it, but it didn't go there. Maybe it was still on its way, I dunno.

But, in the end, the movie would have made a better episode of "Strangers With Candy" than anything else. It lost its way, and I wonder how it ever got greenlighted, nevertheless had all the big stars in it. Well, we all make bad choices (check "Ready to wear (Pret-a-porter)"), but this one should never have been made.

3/10 (for the beginning)


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