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The Best of Enemies (2019)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History | 5 April 2019 (USA)
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Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

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Robin Bissell

Writers:

Robin Bissell, Osha Gray Davidson (inspired by true events chronicled in 'The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South' by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taraji P. Henson ... Ann Atwater
Sam Rockwell ... C.P. Ellis
Babou Ceesay ... Bill Riddick
Anne Heche ... Mary Ellis
Wes Bentley ... Floyd Kelly
Nick Searcy ... Garland Keith
Bruce McGill ... Carvie Oldham
John Gallagher Jr. ... Lee Tromblay
Nicholas Logan ... Wiley Yates
Gilbert Glenn Brown ... Howard Clement
Caitlin Mehner ... Maddy Mays
Dolan Wilson ... Councilman Bill Atkins
Morgan Mackey ... Young Mother
Kendall Ryan Sanders ... Ben Butler
Chris Cavalier ... Leonard
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Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

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Change is worth fighting for.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, racial epithets, some violence and a suggestive reference | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best of Enemies See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,446,190, 7 April 2019

Gross USA:

$10,205,616
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The restaurant scene was shot at Ross's Diner in Cartersville, Georgia. See more »

Goofs

Sam Rockwell clearly has a pierced left ear, which was not the case with the real C P Ellis, but in general is something a Southern KKK leader would NEVER have done. See more »

Quotes

C.P. Ellis: She looked at me like I was some kind of monster.
Mary Ellis: What did you expect?
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Soundtracks

Knock Three Times
Written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown
Performed by Billy 'Crash' Craddock
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Worth your time
15 April 2019 | by jaynekrancSee all my reviews

I actually had friends puzzled that I wanted to see this, because they told me it was a movie just for black people. It's worth seeing just to understand exactly how dumb that kind of comment is. The performances are outstanding. I love "based on true events" films anyway, and understand their limitations, so maybe I"m biased, but I think this is an important film..The sets captured that small town feel in the past south perfectly. Is it heavy handed at times? Sure, but it really shows how both characters changed their minds. I"m sorry it's not doing better. I missed seeing it last weekend and this weekend there were only two showings of it at my theater and expect it to be gone next week.


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