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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
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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 Anderson
Paula Newsome ... Judge Margaret Cummins
Indigo ... Young Nurse
Bertha Bindewald Bertha Bindewald ... Rosita
Joe Chrest ... Dave
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 »

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This film marks one of the few films that make use of the term "motherfucker" and was still is able to achieve a PG-13 rating. See more »


It's clear from the plant life, the lack of significant hills or mountains in most background scenes and the design of many of the buildings that the film was not made in California. Several of the trees are obviously those which grow in wet/humid climates none of which would be located in California. 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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Old Macdonald
Traditional Song, Arranged by Eric Speier
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Very emotion movie on race laid out very evenly
3 February 2015 | by bbickley13-921-58664See all my reviews

Black or white, nobody's perfect and the movie does a good job portraying that. Kevin Costner plays Elliot Andersen, the grandfather of a Eloise Andersen who he's been raising with his wife since the day she was born, but when he's wife passes suddenly, her Grandma Rowena does not feel Elliot is capable of taken care of the child alone, epically when the death of his wife brings out what she considers his drinking problem, so she gets her little brother, a lawyer to take legal action.

The movie seems to work as a vehicle to freely say the things that I think need to be said about race in this country. We live in a world were we can be so politically correct that it does nothing to actually solve the problem, but sweep it under the rug, and this movie is not about that.

But that's superficial for selling the movie to the audience. Black or White would work equally if everyone in the movie were black or white. It's a real story about a blended family were the child is unable to be cared for by the parents and the village has to step in.

This movie is about love, as sappy as it sounds. No one is perfect, but if you love someone enough, the right thing can be done for their benefit. this statement goes for anyone no matter if they are black or white.

Black or White does work for the court room scenes however. It was like watching two different countries use an political agenda to take control of an island they both wanted. To watch Grandpa Elliot do nothing but show love for his Eloise, after his wife's death and attempt to keep it all together for her, then watch him be attacked in the court for being too white to take care of a black child was painful.

Yeah, I would definitely recommend this movie to see, I'm glad Costner was able to get it made.

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Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black or White See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,213,362, 1 February 2015

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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