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Black or White (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama | 30 January 2015 (USA)
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A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.


Mike Binder


Mike Binder
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Elliott Anderson
Octavia Spencer ... Rowena Jeffers
Jillian Estell ... Eloise Anderson
Bill Burr ... Rick Reynolds
Mpho Koaho ... Duvan Araga
Anthony Mackie ... Jeremiah Jeffers
André Holland ... Reggie Davis
Gillian Jacobs ... Fay
Jennifer Ehle ... Carol
Paula Newsome ... Judge Cummins
Indigo ... Young Nurse
Bertha Bindewald Bertha Bindewald ... Rosita
Joe Chrest ... Dave
Ireyon Johnson Ireyon Johnson ... Kristen
Janeline Hayes ... Dondi


Black or White is the story of a grandfather (Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white. Written by Relativity

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There's more to family than what you see.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language, thematic material involving drug use and drinking, and for a fight | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black and White See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,456,000, 1 February 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,569,041, 10 May 2015
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Costner personally financed this film because he was moved by Mike Binder's screenplay, and wanted to tell the story of the family, and to continue the conversation on race in the U.S. among the film's viewers. See more »


The screen in Elliot's car jumps around during the early school drop-off scenes: first, the time on the clock jumps backwards, and later, when Roy is driving, the song title changes, then changes back. See more »


[first lines]
Rick Reynolds: Elliot. Hey.
Elliot Anderson: [dialing his phone] David, it's Elliot. I'm not going home, they'll be takng her body to Richter Memorial. I'll come back in the morning, meet them, go with her, see what's the next step. I'll take to you in the morning.
Elliot Anderson: [now to Rick] ... My brother.
Rick Reynolds: She's gone?
Elliot Anderson: [yes]
Rick Reynolds: Well, what did the doctor say?
Elliot Anderson: That they, um... that they did what they could.
Rick Reynolds: Oh, God, Elliot, I'm so sorry.
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References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »


Babe I Like Your Walk
Written and performed by Neville Ivey
Courtesy of Position Music/Choicetracks, Inc.
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This isn't about Black or White. This is about Eloise
10 February 2015 | by briand6465See all my reviews

"This isn't about Black or White. This is about Eloise." Saw Black or White starring Kevin Michael Costner, Octavia Spencer, Jillian Estell, and Anthony Mackie at Regal Cinemas! "Elliot Anderson" brilliantly played by Costner is a lawyer faced with a "curve-ball" life threw at him and his family when his wife is tragically killed in a car crash. He is then left to cope with loss, explain what happened and care for his grand-daughter, "Eloise Anderson" well-played by 10-year old Jillian Estell, but faces the challenges of racial bias and custody court proceedings.

"Rowena Jeffers" played by Spencer is "Eloise's" paternal grandmother who seeks custody of her grand-daughter with the help of her brother "Jeremiah Jeffers" played by Mackie, and this young lady is left torn between two families who care for her very much. "Reggie Davis," "Eloise's" biological father played by Andre Holland is referred to as a "street ni**er" according to "Elliot Anderson" (Costner) due to his criminal record, continued drug use, and inability to be a good father to "Eloise."

This racial bias tension pours in to the court custody case which was ruled on by "Judge Cummins" played by Paula Newsome. It is up to "Elliot Anderson" and his legal team including "Rick Reynolds" played by Bill Burr to convince not only the judge but "Rowena Jeffers," "Jeremiah Jeffers," and family that "Eloise" is best suited to live with her "white" grandfather rather than the "black" side of the family.

What I personally liked about the movie is that it was based on real events and presented great refreshing messages about race-relations in modern day America! I enjoyed the film and give it an overall cinema score of 9/10! Go see it! ‪#‎LoveHasNoColor‬ ‪#‎maverickradio‬™

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