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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.


Kevin Hooks


Paris Qualles
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




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 ... Pieter Bok
Michael Kanevsky Michael Kanevsky ... Rian Bok (as Michael Kanev)
Ahmad Stoner ... Daniel
Ryan Cooley ... Billy
David Rosser David Rosser ... Reporter #1
Michelyn Emelle Michelyn Emelle ... Reporter #2
Erik Kilpatrick Erik Kilpatrick ... Turner


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


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The real Erik Dellums, son of former Congressman Ron Dellums, appears in a cameo. See more »


Throughout the film, there are vehicles of the 1980's and 1990's in the film. See more »


[Mahree just found out that her host family is black]
Mahree Bok: [to Roscoe and Piper] You're the family?
Roscoe Dellums: [nodding] Yes.
Mahree Bok: [to Congressman Dellums] And you're the Congressman?
Ron Dellums: [forcing a smile] Welcome to America.
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References Freaky Friday (1976) See more »


Sing a Song
Written by Maurice White and Al McKay
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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enjoyable, educational
23 August 2001 | by k_barraSee all my reviews

Ok I don't normally watch Disney channel movies, but lately some of them have not been that bad. The Color of Friendship was one of these. It showed real problems in an atmosphere that was understandable to younger audiences and yet not wholly uninteresting to adults. The two teenage girls provided a great dichotomy, and though some of their arguments were unrealistic, for the most part the issues were clearly and logically presented. Even as an educated young adult, the movie still was delightfully surprising to me in that it opened my eyes and made me see more than a history book lesson, but instead real people with real feelings. It is noted in the movie, and important to remember in life, that it is not the people of the oppressive country that are inherently bad, but rather the system of beliefs that has been imposed upon them, often for generations.

Enjoyable and educational, I give it an 8 out of 10.

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5 February 2000 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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