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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elliott Anderson
... Rowena Jeffers
... Eloise Anderson
... Rick Reynolds
... Duvan Araga
... Jeremiah Jeffers
... Reggie Davis
... Fay
... Carol
... Judge Cummins
... Young Nurse
Bertha Bindewald ... Rosita
... Dave
Ireyon Johnson ... Kristen
... Dondi
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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.

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

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30 January 2015 (USA)  »

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$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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Octavia Spencer plays the mother of Andre Holland's character. In real-life, Spencer is only 7 years older than Holland. Anthony Mackie plays Holland's uncle; in real-life both actors were born in the same year (1979). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie Costner is at home talking to Eliose. Then he asks the tutor he hired to drive him somewhere. So they leave 9 year old Eliose at the house by herself which I'm assuming was a mistake made by the director. Nothing was said or shown about having a baby sitter there so one would assume the girl was home alone. And it wasn't ever brought up in the movie that Costner left her home alone. If it wasn't a mistake then just the fact of him leaving her home alone would've been brought up in court because the film is centered around a custody battle. -- They have a maid who is there during the day so no, Elliot didn't leave Eloise alone. See more »

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[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 »

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Long As I Can See The Light
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Lily Costner (sung at funeral)
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'Not a lot of the other Klan members could be that articulate.'
7 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Writer director Mike Binder has created one of more sensitive films dealing with racial issues yet to be made. He has produced a story, directed it with such sensitivity with an outstanding cast that it absolutely serves not only every ward the film industry can give but also the recognition of everyone working for equal rights. The script is brilliant, rich in humor and pathos, and very, very intelligent.

The synopsis is too brief but offers the flavor of the film: 'BLACK OR WHITE is the story of a grandfather Elliot (Kevin Costner) who when his wife Carol (Jennifer Ehle) is killed in an automobile accident is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell) – a child born to their daughter impregnated at age 17 by an African American junkie Reggie (André Holland): the daughter dies in childbirth and who died in childbirth. When her paternal grandmother Rowena (Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother Jeremiah (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.'

In addition to the brilliant cast listed above there are cameos by some rather extraordinary actors – Paula Newsome (a gifted and rising star who plays the judge), Mpho Koaho who plays Eloise's tutor, and Joe Chrest – Elliot's attorney partner and best friend.

The film belongs to Costner, Spencer and Estell – and it could not be in stronger hands. Highly Recommended.


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