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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, Osha Gray Davidson (inspired by true events chronicled in 'The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South' 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
Anne Heche ... Mary Ellis
Wes Bentley ... Floyd Kelly
Nick Searcy ... Garland Keith
Bruce McGill ... Carvie Oldham
John Gallagher Jr. ... Lee Tromblay
Nicholas Logan ... Wiley Yates
Gilbert Glenn Brown ... Howard Clement
Caitlin Mehner ... Maddy Mays
Dolan Wilson ... Councilman Bill Atkins
Morgan Mackey ... Young Mother
Kendall Ryan Sanders ... Ben Butler
Chris Cavalier ... Leonard
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Gross USA:

$10,205,616

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,209,813
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sam Rockwell and Bruce McGill previously appeared in Matchstick Men (2003). 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 »

Quotes

C.P. Ellis: She looked at me like I was some kind of monster.
Mary Ellis: What did you expect?
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Soundtracks

Blue Bayou
Written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson
Performed by Roy Orbison
Courtesy of Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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THE BEST & WORST OF HISTORY...!
29 May 2019 | by masonfiskSee all my reviews

The recent cinematic racial history lesson from a few weeks ago starring Oscar winner Sam Rockwell & Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson. In the early 70's, a school fire forces a Southern community to consider integration so a committee is formed headed by a Grand Wizard of the Klan & a politically minded black woman to argue the pros & cons of this proposal. That we have the traditional battle between people from different corners of an issue only to come together at the end may be an old construct even in Homer's time but when done well, it works which this film does so w/o any extremes pushed one way or the other. The performances ultimately hold this sermon together w/strong support from Anne Heche, Bruce McGill & Wes Bentley but just covering an important moment in history does not make an important movie.


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