The Best of Enemies is a 2019 American drama film directed by Robin Bissell.

Official trailers

STX Entertainment on Thursday, October 11, 2018 released the trailer:
The Best of Enemies | Official Trailer | Own It Now on Digital HD, Blu-Ray & DVD.

Story intro

1971: at Durham, in North Carolina, Ann Atwater tries to get better housing conditions for poor black people, and is ignored by the all white judge panel. C.P. is the president of the KKK, and has a family with children. It's shown that he loves and cares for his family. Ann's daughter's school catches on fire (whether by accident or arson is unclear), and C.P. is afraid that the black children will come to the white schools. Bill Riddick sets up a meeting with the both of them, to arrange charettes to discuss segregation and other issues. At first, both of them refuse since they hate each other, but then they are convinced. C.P. is a proud racist and refuses to even sit with Bill and Ann, since they are black and he is white. They agree to pick some people randomly from the group to vote on the issues at the end of the meeting sessions. C.P tries to talk to these selected to vote, but is mostly rebuffed. A black reverend asks Bill if he can play gospel music at the end of each session. C.P. hotly refuses, saying that if the blacks want to sing gospel music at the charette, he should be allowed to put out his KKK items to display. Ann refuses, but Bill agrees. At one meeting, a group of black teenagers try to destroy the KKK items, but Ann stops them and tells them to instead understand what the KKK is. All this is observed by C.P. from afar. Then Bill makes the blacks and whites in their group sit next to each other in the cafeteria and eat. He makes C.P and Ann sit together alone. They eat in tense silence, then Ann asks C.P. if he has a boy in Murdock. C.P. hotly says that he won't talk about his boy. Murdock is a facility that takes care of disabled boys, and his son has Down Syndrome.


Taraji P. Henson
Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist in Durham
Sam Rockwell
C. P. Ellis
Wes Bentley
Floyd Kelly
Babou Ceesay
Bill Riddick
Anne Heche
Mary Ellis
Bruce McGill
Carvie Oldham
John Gallagher Jr.
Lee Trombley
Nick Searcy
Garland Keith
Sope Aluko
Henrietta Kaye
Carson Holmes
Kenneth Ellis


The film The Best of Enemies was scheduled to be released on April 5, 2019 by STX Films, STX Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) and Stage 6 Films.

The duration of the film is 133 minutes. With a budget of $10 million, the film grossed over $10.2 million.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.


The Best of Enemies got average rating from critics. But the audience likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website:

Wikipedia: The Best of Enemies (2019 film)

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