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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.

Director:

Mike Binder

Writer:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

There's more to family than what you see.

Genres:

Drama

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black and White See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Eloise's tablet changes position in the case several times during conversation. When she is facing away from the camera, it's on the first notch in the case. When the camera changes to Elliot, it's in the third notch, then back to the first notch when Eloise faces away from the camera again. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 11 February 2015 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

A Beautiful Mess
Written by Jason Mraz, Becky Gebhardt, Chaska Potter, Mai Bloomfield and Mona Tavakoli
Performed by Jason Mraz
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Costner brings racial conversation to next cultural and social level!
1 February 2015 | by aneculaiSee all my reviews

Kevin Costner's "Black or White" is one of those break-through movies who bring the silver screen art to a next level. In his case, the movie brings the cultural and social conversation about race to a level it should have been long time ago. The movie suggests a new paradigm for the topic of race, a level where the social and personal relationships between people no longer include the skin color. The movie portrays with a keen sense the tension and resistance our cultural biases pose to any attempt to remove the racial aspects from the confrontations between people of different skin color. In "Black or White" Kevin Costner breaks the pattern of action hero he has got us used with, displaying acting traits of the highest level. With the camera close-ups on his face most of the time, his eyes add immense value to his acting, displaying real emotions and deep feelings only those who experienced parenting can truly understand and react to. Overall, "Black or White" is a new paradigm of both his personal acting and the cultural and social topic of racial tension.


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