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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

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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 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:

$9,585,764, 21 April 2019
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Early in the film there is a scene where some Klan members are shooting up the house of a woman because she is dating a black man. They wait for the second floor bedroom light to come on before they start shooting, but when the film cuts back to the scene outside a second later the bedroom light is not on. See more »

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Written by Sarah Aarons, Greg Kurstin, and John Legend
Performed by John Legend
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Watching how two people can learn to understand and tolerate each other.
8 April 2019 | by kas823See all my reviews

I will attempt not to have spoilers- but beware- I will be specific. I thought it would be hard to find sympathy for the head of a local group of the Klu Klux Klan, and yet, this film pulled it off. Not because I believe in beliefs and tactics of the KKK (as a liberal former Catholic woman with Jewish friends- oh, no, indeed). Rather because I gained an understanding of the mindset of poor working men in the South for whom seeing the true enemy (the powers in the community (white, male power brokers)) would have been dangerous. The acting in this film was superb with special kudos to Taraji P. Henson who in her wordless scenes expresses the reality of her character's history and the hardships she endures for a cause bigger than herself. I know this sounds like the film is didactic- but it isn't. It is a mini-history lession and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.


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