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Burden (2018)

When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy (Forest Whitaker) strives to keep the peace even as he urges the group's Grand Dragon (Garrett Hedlund) to disavow his racist past.

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Andrew Heckler

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Credited cast:
Garrett Hedlund ... Mike Burden
Andrea Riseborough ... Judy
Forest Whitaker ... Reverend Kennedy
Tom Wilkinson ... Tom Griffin
Tess Harper ... Hazel
Austin Hébert ... Clint
Usher Raymond ... Clarence Brooks
Crystal Fox ... Janice Kennedy (as Crystal R. Fox)
Anna Colwell ... Molly
Roman Spink ... Dex
Jason Davis ... Jameson
Dexter Darden ... Kelvin Kennedy
Charles Green ... Horace King
Jeff Pope ... Cooper
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.

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28 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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Бердэн See more »

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2.39:1
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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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