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Dear White People (2014)

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

Director:

Justin Simien

Writer:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2014 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Cara Gente Branca See more »

Filming Locations:

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$347,959, 17 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,404,154, 25 January 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Tessa Thompson and Kyle Gallner previously worked together on Veronica Mars (2004). See more »

Goofs

The flame on the candle in Sam's room on Halloween night is static, revealing that it is fake. See more »

Quotes

Professor Bodkin: ...Might I also remind you that I read your entire fifteen-page unsolicited treatise on why the Gremlins is actually about suburban white fear of black culture.
Sam White: The Gremlins are loud, talk in slang, are addicted to fried chicken and freak out when you get their hair wet.
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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 »

Connections

References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

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Performed by Wow Jones
Written and Produced by Ishmael Windley
Courtesy of Wow Jones Music Group
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Title should be 'Dear Racial People'
30 April 2017 | by sleepycatfarmSee all my reviews

I'm Caucasian American and not at all racial toward someone for their skin color. I resent the generalization of this title. Just because I'm 'white' doesn't mean I'm racial. I was raised 'red, yellow, black or white; they are precious in his sight'. Truthfully, it makes me want to end my relationship with Netflix. I feel sick to my stomach that the line has been so blatantly drawn without even watching the series. Signed, Disappointed


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