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The Color of Friendship (2000)

A white South African girl finds herself in a difficult situation when she is sent to spend a term with a black family in America.

Director:

Kevin Hooks

Writer:

Paris Qualles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsey Haun ... Mahree Bok
Shadia Simmons ... Piper Dellums
Carl Lumbly ... Ron Dellums
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Roscoe Dellums (as Penny Johnson)
Anthony Burnett Anthony Burnett ... Brandy Dellums
Travis Kyle Davis Travis Kyle Davis ... Erik Dellums (as Travis Davis)
Melanie Nicholls-King ... Flora
Susan Danford Susan Danford ... Merle Bok
Stephen Jennings Stephen Jennings ... Pieter Bok
Michael Kanev Michael Kanev ... Rian Bok
Ahmad Stoner ... Daniel
Ryan Cooley ... Billy
David Rosser David Rosser ... Reporter #1
Michelyn Emelle Michelyn Emelle ... Reporter #2
Erik Kilpatrick Erik Kilpatrick ... Turner
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Storyline

Mahree Bok lives on a farm in South Africa. Her father is a policeman who cannot hide his joy when activist Steve Biko is caught by the South African authorities. Piper Dellums is the daughter of a US congressman from California and who lives in a nice home in Washington DC. When Mahree is chosen to spend a semester at the Dellums' house, she doesn't expect that her host family would be black. Nor do her hosts suspect that she is not a black South African. Written by Dragomir R. Radev <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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Look beyond black and white and you'll find...The Color of Friendship


Certificate:

TV-G

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Farbe der Feundschaft See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1977. See more »

Goofs

Amanda the secretary at the South African embassy told Mahree she was removed from the Dellums home because of backlash fears over Steve Biko's death. This would have been a day or 2 after his death on 12 September 1977 yet the same day Mahree is at the embassy the TV shows Biko"s funeral which actually occurred on 25 September 1977. See more »

Quotes

Ron Dellums: [to Mahree] I'm going to bed. And you should, too. School starts tomorrow. Falling asleep in class on the first day of school is frowned on here in America. I know, because I've done it.
[Mahree giggles]
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Connections

References Roots (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Back in Love Again
Written by Len Ron Hanks and Zane Grey
Performed by L.T.D.
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Absolutely Great!!!
1 August 2000 | by emalily2001See all my reviews

If you haven't seen this movie, I think you should see it. I love this movie and also cried at the end when I read the truth about the movie. You need to see it so you can find out what happened then and is still happening today which is wrong. I have a world history teacher who told me that he is not African American. He said that he is, "AMERICAN," just like me and that the only thing different from him and me is that he has darker skin then me. We both do the same things(well almost I mean he is older then me), we both have friends no matter who they are.


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