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Dear White People (2014)

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The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.


Justin Simien


Justin Simien (screenplay)
14 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler James Williams ... Lionel Higgins
Tessa Thompson ... Samantha White
Kyle Gallner ... Kurt Fletcher
Teyonah Parris ... Colandrea 'Coco' Conners
Brandon P Bell ... Troy Fairbanks
Brittany Curran ... Sofia Fletcher
Justin Dobies ... Gabe
Marque Richardson ... Reggie
Malcolm Barrett ... Helmut West
Dennis Haysbert ... Dean Fairbanks
Peter Syvertsen ... President Fletcher
Brandon Alter ... George
Kate Gaulke ... Annie (as Katie Gaulke)
Brian James Brian James ... Martin
Keith Myers ... Mitch


A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world. Written by Anonymous

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A satire about being a black face in a white place


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 December 2014 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Cara Gente Branca See more »

Filming Locations:

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$347,959, 17 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,404,154, 25 January 2015
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Did You Know?


During an argument Reggie tells Sam that when he first saw her he thought she was from Puerto Rico, in real life actress Tessa Thompson is of Afro-Panamanian and Mexican descent. See more »


When Sam is in the dining hall and chastises Kurt for eating in their dining hall - just before she stands up; she closes her Macbook twice. See more »


Gabe: [Gabe and Sam are locked in Sam's room arguing] I'm sorry if I can't be your Nubian Prince on my black horse ready to take you back to fucking Zamunda.
Sam White: That's not a real African country.
Gabe: Can I at least get a little credit for a solid 'Coming to America' reference? This isn't you Sam.
Sam White: No? And who am I?
Gabe: You're this girl...
Sam White: Perceptive...
Gabe: Who likes to argue with me about *every fucking thing.* And I hate it because we both know you're smarter than me. Your favorite director is Bergman. But you tell ...
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Crazy Credits

The end credits include photographs of the real-life blackface (and brownface) college parties that inspired the film's climax. See more »


References Roots (1977) See more »


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Performed by Cazal Organism
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New aged prejudiced divisionist agenda
20 April 2016 | by wingthwongSee all my reviews

Went into this hoping for the best, but was sadly disappointed. This kind of mockery would be called criminal if it was titled Dear Black People. Taking 5 years to write this, Simien obviously did no research into actual college campus life. It looks as if he was given carte blanche by the divisionist government agenda that keeps racism alive and well in this nation. None of the comedy is witty let alone remotely funny. The satire that liberal critics elude to is fairytale hate that no student in the past 50 years would even dream of doing. One critic even wrote, "A smart, hilarious satire of the Obama age." All actors in this movie are too talented for hate speech such as this. This is yet another attempt to separate people and ideals and set civil rights back to when Muslims first sold Africans to the Europeans. Seriously, people need to check themselves and get backbones for calling this funny, smart, or witty. Martin Luther King would be rolling in his grave if he knew his struggles for peace and equality culminated in this. Spike Lee, in all his divisionist hate, could not even remotely touch this absurd delusional myriad of vile hatred. Watch this as a warning of what's to come in the future of left wing agenda films.

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