Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.


George Tillman Jr.


Audrey Wells (screenplay by), Angie Thomas (based upon the novel by)
2,499 ( 178)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amandla Stenberg ... Starr Carter
Regina Hall ... Lisa Carter
Russell Hornsby ... Maverick 'Mav' Carter
Anthony Mackie ... King
Issa Rae ... April Ofrah
Common ... Carlos
Algee Smith ... Khalil
Sabrina Carpenter ... Hailey
K.J. Apa ... Chris
Dominique Fishback ... Kenya
Lamar Johnson ... Seven Carter
TJ Wright ... Sekani
Megan Lawless ... Maya
Rhonda Johnson Dents ... Miss Rosalie
Tony Vaughn ... Mr. Lewis


Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Two worlds, one voice, no going back


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some violent content, drug material and language | See all certifications »

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The Hate U Give is adapted from the novel "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas published in 2017. It is after the death of the young Oscar Grant at Fruitvale Station in 2009 that the young woman, then a student, writes a short story on police violence against the African-American population. A few years later, as the country faced other such events that led to the birth of the Black Lives Matter protest movement, she decided to make it a book through which she could express her entire life anger: "The Hate U Give" is a real card and Hollywood offers the rights quickly. See more »


When the girls were riding with King in his car, the speedometer and RPM tachometer were clearly visible in backseat view shots of King driving. The RPM tachometer would fluctuate up and down like normal driving, but the speedometer never went higher than zero to three MPH, clearly a sign that the actor was accelerating the gas pedal (while in neutral), but the car was being pulled or pushed for the interior shots. See more »


Starr Carter: You ever see anyone die?
Chris: No?
Starr Carter: Well I have... twice in my life!
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References Straight Outta Compton (2015) See more »


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Written by Darhyl Camper Jr. (as Darhyl Camper), Rick Ross, Pusha T (as Terrence Thornton), Kanye West, Richard Adlam, Hudson Mohawke (as Ross Matthew Birchard), Hal Ritson (as Henry Ritson) and Willie Norman
Performed by Pusha T featuring Rick Ross
Courtesy of G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam Recordings
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
(Contains a sample of "Ghet-to-Funk" performed by Duralcha.
Courtesy of The Numero Group)
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I felt this movie deep in my heart
24 February 2020 | by BlueWarrior16See all my reviews

I am a Dalit from India. Dalits are blacks of India. The experience of Dalits and Black lives are very similar. Only difference is America has a moral conscience and constantly tries to correct the wrongdoings of history while India is in denial about its wrongdoings and actively suppresses people from unprivileged background.

Here are the experiences of Starr Carter which most of our people find completely relatable 1. The Black Panther movement her father is part of, we have a similar movement. 2. The constantly switching of personality between her own people and white people. Hiding your true self to get accepted. 3. Constantly hearing sly racist comments and yet not able to do anything about it but stay silent while you mind is angry as hell. 4. The character Hailey who pretends to not be racist is constantly making racist remarks and is a racist. I had friends like those, after watching this movie i have decided to not be friends like this people anymore. I have unfriended them on social media and have deleted their numbers. 5. The portrayal in media as stupid and taking the worst elements of the group to portray the entire community as wrong. 6. Police brutality and denial of justice. 7. Black people suppressing other black people.

There are so many moments in the movie where i had tears in my eyes and i could see my people going through the same thing. I was emotional throughout the movie. The articulation of frustration of oppressed people is so real and raw.

Most people who are giving this movie bad reviews are looking it from technical perspective and dont have the lived experience of the people. They dont have the experience of daily frustration of living a life where your community is subjected to discrimination, mockery, injustice everyday and you have to live among same people who do this. Movies like these would never get made here. Thank you very much for making such movie.

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Release Date:

19 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hate U Give See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$512,035, 7 October 2018

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (5.1)| Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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