Black or White

Black or White

DVD - 2015
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The story of a grandfather who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter, but when her paternal grandmother seeks custody with the help of her brother, the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding.
Publisher: Los Angeles : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hrs., 1 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 25, 2018

This inspired by a true story family saga should be an epic tear jerker but somehow spared viewers most of the sad drama when the film began with a calamity that abruptly turned a man to be a lonely widow to raise a preteen granddaughter from a deadbeat dad and diseased teen mom... While billed as “Cramer vs Cramer” with racial undertone, it was a heartwarming social drama that worked under the film’s special set of parameters in bridging the racial divide through the wisdom of the helpless little girl’s maternal grandmother and paternal grandfather. Super performances by Costner as the emotionally complex grandpa and Jillian Estell as the little big girl.

Oct 31, 2017

Outstanding movie with outstanding acting and an outstanding script. Within the constraints of a 2-hour drama, this movie well handled the American crack cocaine-alcoholism issues/drug codependency issues; grandparenting custody issues under the subtext of race versus race - upper class versus middle class issues - male parent versus female parent issues beautiful. The movie demonstrates good intensity based upon outstanding acting from Jillian Estell to Octavia Butler to Kevin Costner to André Holland to Anthony Mackie and the entire ensemble cast. Brilliant

Sep 11, 2017

It was tougher to get through than we thought and we actually had to watch in 2 rounds. Really hard. I wish it had dealt with race and race tension more comprehensively maybe that would have helped keep it together a little bit more.

Jul 27, 2017

Rated 1/10. I gave up on this movie after sticking with it for an hour. It was downright depressing. On the back of the DVD box, it is billed as a comedy-drama. I was unable to find any humour in the time that I watched. There is no humour in a character (Costner's) that is continually portrayed as a drunk.

Reading other comments here, I find it hard to believe that we all watched the same show.

Apr 17, 2017

Fantastic movie! Acting by all was suburb! I loved this movie!

Amazingly good movie. Besides the language, taking of Our LORD's name in vain and the lesbian content, it was a great movie. Recommended.
Note: it is not the color of the skin, it is your attitude.

May 31, 2016

Very good movie, the actors and actresses played their roles quite well. The story line is very good and this movies brings up some very good issues. I would absolutely watch the movie again and recommend to anyone.

Mar 04, 2016

I thought it was an excellent movie that explored the prejudices on both sides yet showed how in the end, when people put aside their differences, they can come together. I'd watch it again.

Mar 01, 2016

Wonderful script and beautifully acted film. It honestly tells the story showing the love, anger, hurt, tolerance and intolerance on both sides. Perfect casting and superb performances.

Feb 26, 2016

I did not like the movie.

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Jan 25, 2018

Elliot’s court spiel, P1 of 3:
Mr. Anderson... do you dislike black people?
-Not all of them.
Do you have a problem with racial prejudice?
-Is that what you want to make this about, Jeremiah? Really? Well, let's do it then. You've wanted to ever since Rowena first dragged you into this. So yes, we're different, you and I. You want to submit that? Submit it. We have different skin color. Is that the first thing I notice when I see a black man, the color of his skin? Yes. Submit away. Because I can go ahead and submit that it's the first thing you see when you see a white guy.

Jan 25, 2018

Elliot’s court spiel, P2 of 3:

Now I don't know why that is any more than I know why when I see a good-looking woman, the first thing I notice are her breasts. Because I do. But if I move onto my next thought quick enough, I'm not a pervert, all right? I'm not a... I'm not a bad guy. I'm just... I'm just mildly flawed. It's the same thing with race. It's not my first thought that counts, it's my second, third and fourth thought. And each and every case I'm in, it comes down to the same thing: The action and interaction I'm having with the person that I'm interacting with. The interaction I've had with Reggie, in case you haven't noticed, hasn't been all that great.

Jan 25, 2018

Elliot’s court spiel, P3 of 3:

And I don't need a math tutor to know that it doesn't make me a racist just because he's a crack addict. That column doesn't add up. It just simply totals him out as a... a drug-addled criminal, a liar and a... a thief with no moral compass. He may be able to play you, fool his mother, may be even able to get one over here on Judge Cummins. But he can't fool me, because I see him for exactly what he is. And to this day, he's never once apologized or shown one bit of remorse to me or my wife for the death of our daughter. All right? His mother wants to mollycoddle him, fine. The whole world wants to treat him like a wounded, put-upon child, then do it. I don't really care. I just don't want him infecting Eloise. So, no, Jeremiah, I'm not racially prejudiced, I just don't happen to want your little nephew's broken-down black ass anywhere near my granddaughter.


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