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Burden (2018)

R | | Drama | 9 June 2020 (Canada)
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When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy strives to keep the peace even as he urges the group's Grand Dragon to disavow his racist past.

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Andrew Heckler

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Andrew Heckler
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Credited cast:
Andrea Riseborough ... Judy
Garrett Hedlund ... Mike Burden
Forest Whitaker ... Reverend Kennedy
Tom Wilkinson ... Tom Griffin
Tess Harper ... Hazel
Crystal Fox ... Janice Kennedy (as Crystal R. Fox)
Usher Raymond ... Clarence Brooks
Anna Colwell ... Molly
Austin Hébert Austin Hébert ... Clint
Dexter Darden ... Kelvin Kennedy
Jason Davis ... Jameson
Jeff Pope ... Cooper
Tia Hendricks ... Toosie Brooks
Charles Green ... Horace King
Jessejames Locorriere ... Dale
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When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a small South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy resolves to do everything in his power to prevent racial tensions from boiling over. But the members of Kennedy's congregation are shocked to discover that his plan includes sheltering Mike Burden, a Klansman whose relationships with both a single-mother and a high-school friend force him to re-examine his long-held beliefs. After Kennedy helps Mike leave behind his violent past, the Baptist preacher finds himself on a collision course with manipulative KKK leader Tom Griffin. In the face of grave threats to himself and his family, the resolute Kennedy bravely pursues a path toward peace, setting aside his own misgivings in the hopes of healing his wounded community.

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A young man's love affair puts him in deadly peril with the Southern community that raised him. See more »

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, and language throughout including racial epithets | See all certifications »

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Received over a 5-minute standing ovation after its premiere at Sundance 2018. See more »

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Mike Burden: [to Reverend Kennedy] Sir, if I call you my enemy, I'll walk through Heaven and I will punch God just to get to you. If I call you my friend, I'll walk through Hell and I'll slap the devil for you.
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Remarkable Story, Excellently Recounted
27 January 2018 | by dhubinSee all my reviews

This is a remarkable story of a man's redemption and those who made it possible through courage and love. There are elements, including the name of the central character and an ironic twist that would seem like artifacts of a writer's mind, but they were not--real people, the events that happened to them, and how they chose to respond to those events, provided a story that called out to be told. Writer/director Andrew Heckler does an amazing job telling the story and the cast is terrific.


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9 June 2020 (Canada) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$20,160, 1 March 2020

Gross USA:

$139,270

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$255,091
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