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A look into the early life of U.S. President Barack Obama.


Vikram Gandhi


Adam Mansbach
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Devon Terrell ... Barry
Anya Taylor-Joy ... Charlotte
Jason Mitchell ... PJ
Ellar Coltrane ... Will
Jenna Elfman ... Kathy Baughman
Linus Roache ... Bill Baughman
Avi Nash ... Saleem
John Benjamin Hickey ... Professor Gray
Ashley Judd ... Ann Dunham
Sawyer Pierce Sawyer Pierce ... Thad
Eric Berryman ... Ali
Ralph Rodriguez ... Andre
Danny Henriquez Danny Henriquez ... Milton
Tessa Albertson ... Tina
Tommy Nelson ... Buzz


A look at the early life of Barack Obama. Before he became President of the United States, he was one of the few black students at Columbia University NY in the early 80's. Faced with judgmental and racist opinions all around him, he tries to find his place in the world.

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Before he was Barack, he was...


Biography | Drama


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The film is inspired by writings from "Dreams from My Father," Barack Obama's debut 1995 bestseller. In what's almost an auto-biography, Obama pens reflections on his earlier, scorned life as he struggled to reconcile with his race, scenes of which are portrayed in "Barry" (2016). See more »


Barry is seen wearing a Casio F91W watch throughout the movie. The movie is set in the early 1980's, but that model watch wasn't released until 1991. See more »


Barry: They're uh, different races. I'm guessing that's what Kathy meant.
James Boggs: Ah, I see
Barry: My mom's from Kansas, and my dad's from Kenya. I've only met him once though. I grew up in Jakarta and Honolulu, and spent a little time in California, then well, I ended up here.
James Boggs: That's some kind of gumbo.
James Boggs: You know what that makes you young brother?
Barry: No sir, I don't. I uh really really don't.
James Boggs: It makes you American. And you don't ever have to choose.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


Nobody Knows
Written by Thomas Lee Barrett
Performed by T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir
Courtesy of Light In the Attic Records & Distribution, LLC
Under License from The Numero Group
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Falls quite flat...
17 December 2016 | by herelieszaySee all my reviews

In my latest review on HereLiesZay.com, I write:

"We're not fortunate enough to be flies on the walls of all the people in life we are enamored by. We don't get to see all the little moments in time that contribute to the most current versions of the human beings we adore and admire. And the beauty of it all, ironically, is that having access to the sum of all these moments (the person themselves) is how we're able to appreciate each moment individually. It's their context in relation to every other moment that enables us to enjoy the basket of personality that is weaved in and out of each varying nugget of experience.

Unfortunately, Barry simply did not succeed in providing us that context."

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English | Swahili

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16 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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