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The Best of Enemies (2019)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History | 5 April 2019 (USA)
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Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

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Robin Bissell

Writers:

Robin Bissell (adaptation), Osha Gray Davidson (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taraji P. Henson ... Ann Atwater
Sam Rockwell ... C.P. Ellis
Babou Ceesay ... Bill Riddick
Nick Searcy ... Garland Keith
Wes Bentley ... Floyd Kelly
Anne Heche ... Mary Ellis
Bruce McGill ... Carvie Oldham
John Gallagher Jr. ... Lee Trombley
Nicholas Logan ... Wiley Yates
Gilbert Glenn Brown ... Howard Clement
Caitlin Mehner ... Maddy Mays
Dolan Wilson ... Councilman Bill Atkins
Morgan Mackey ... Young Mother
Jennifer Sears ... Protest Staffer
Wes McGee ... Cyrus (Uniformed Patrolman)
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Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

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Change is worth fighting for.


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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, racial epithets, some violence and a suggestive reference | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best of Enemies See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,446,190, 7 April 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,205,616, 16 May 2019
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The restaurant scene was shot at Ross's Diner in Cartersville, Georgia. See more »

Goofs

Sam Rockwell clearly has a pierced left ear, which was not the case with the real C P Ellis, but in general is something a Southern KKK leader would NEVER have done. See more »

Soundtracks

Tired of Being Alone
Written by Al Green
Performed by Michael Grimm
Courtesy of Mattikay Music
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13 April 2019 | by Armando-BaltimoreSee all my reviews

Incredible movie. If you consider yourself an American, this is a must see. There is so much rich history in the American culture that has not been part of main stream media until now. The script forces you to find empathy for each of the main characters, no matter what your background. This was a challenging role for Taraji, whereas the role of Ann Atwater could have been easily type cast for Octavia Spencer. Some of the bits that Sam Rockwell brought to the role of CP Ellis were almost comical, but well in-character. Unlike the Green Book which had several awesome moments, this movie was suspenseful and interesting from start to finish. I am looking forward to the next work directed by Robin Bissell.


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