Black or White

February 20th, 2015


Black or White

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A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 6.3/10 (292 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Mike Binder

Stars: Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Gillian Jacobs

Black or White is the story of a grandfather (Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), 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. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.

Kevin Costner - Elliot Anderson
Octavia Spencer - Rowena Jeffers
Jillian Estell - Eloise Anderson
Bill Burr - Rick Reynolds
Mpho Koaho - Duvan Araga
Anthony Mackie - Jeremiah Jeffers
André Holland - Reggie Davis
Gillian Jacobs - Fay
Jennifer Ehle - Carol
Paula Newsome - Judge Cummins
Indigo - Young Nurse
Bertha Bindewald - Rosita
Joe Chrest - Dave
Ireyon Johnson - Kristen
Janeline Hayes - Dondi

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 30 January 2015

Filming Locations: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Did You Know?

Was originally rated R for "brief strong language" but the rating was appealed to PG-13 for "brief strong language, thematic material involving drug use and drinking, and for a fight". See more »

The sign outside a building ostensibly in Downtown L.A. refers to Common Street; there is no such street in L.A., but there is one in New Orleans, where most of the movie was shot. See more »

User Review


Rating: 10/10

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: the title is no longer "Black and White". In the film, it is now "Black Or White".

Wonderful script and beautifully acted film. It honestly tells the story showing the love, anger, hurt, tolerance and intolerance on both sides. A human drama that truthfully addresses issues of race and family issues with an interracial child in the middle. And FUNNY! Some great laugh-out-loud moments in the film. Terrific cast lead by Costner and Spencer but the two young actors playing Eloise and Duvan are flawless.

It is very rare for me to gush about a film. And I rarely ever post a review. NOT miss this film. I'm afraid it may not get much of a push. This film will make it on word-of-mouth. So see it and spread the word.


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