"The Best of Enemies" is a 2019 American drama film directed by Robin Bissell.
The starring cast includes Taraji P. Henson as Ann Atwater, Sam Rockwell as C.P. Ellis, Wes Bentley as Floyd Kelly, Babou Ceesay as Bill Riddick, Anne Heche as Mary Ellis, Bruce McGill as Carvie Oldham, John Gallagher Jr. as Lee Tromblay, Nick Searcy as Garland Keith, Afemo Omilami as Franklin Mose, Sope Aluko as Henrietta Kaye and others.

Here are "The Best of Enemies" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for The Best of Enemies movie?

STXfilms on Thursday, October 11, 2018 released the trailer for "The Best of Enemies" you can watch here:
The Best of Enemies | Official Trailer | Own It Now on Digital HD, Blu-Ray & DVD.

Plot summary

What is The Best of Enemies movie plot?

Here is a short review of "The Best of Enemies" movie plot summary.

1971: In Durham, North Carolina, Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson) tries to get better housing conditions for poor black people, and is ignored by the all-white judge panel. C. P. Ellis is the president of the KKK, and has a family with children. He loves and cares for his family. Ann's daughters' school catches on fire (whether by accident or arson is unclear), and CP is afraid that the black children will come to the white schools. The city council makes a finding the school is still usable, so the NAACP helps file a lawsuit. The judicial decision is to bring in a proven mediation expert, Bill Riddick (Babou Ceesay), who sets up a meeting with the both of them.
At first, both of them refuse since they hate each other, but then they are convinced. CP is a proud racist and refuses to sit with Bill and Ann, since they are black and he is white. Bill tells them the charrettes are designed to help groups develop solutions, so this one will tackle school segregation and other educational issues for the whole Durham school district.
They agree to pick some people randomly from the group to vote on the issues at the end of the meeting sessions. CP tries to talk to folks selected to vote, but is mostly rebuffed. A black reverend asks Bill if he can play gospel music at the end of each session. CP hotly refuses, saying if the blacks want to sing gospel music at the charrette, 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 tries to destroy the KKK items, but Ann stops and tells them to instead understand what the KKK is. All this is observed by CP from afar.


Who plays who in the The Best of Enemies movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "The Best of Enemies" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Taraji P. Henson  as Ann Atwater a community organizer in Durham
Sam Rockwell  as C.P. Ellis
Wes Bentley  as Floyd Kelly
Babou Ceesay  as Bill Riddick
Anne Heche  as Mary Ellis
Bruce McGill  as Carvie Oldham
John Gallagher Jr.  as Lee Tromblay
Nick Searcy  as Garland Keith
Afemo Omilami  as Franklin Mose
Sope Aluko  as Henrietta Kaye
Carson Holmes  as Kenneth Ellis
Nicholas Logan  as Wiley Yates
Gilbert Glenn Brown  as Howard Clement
Caitlin Mehner  as Maddy Mays
Dolan Wilson  as Councilman Bill Atkins
Morgan Mackey  as Young Mother
Kendall Ryan Sanders  as Ben Butler
Chris Cavalier  as Leonard
Malerie Grady  as Singing White Woman
Ryan Dinning  as Jeb
Najah Jackson  as Operation Breakthrough Staffer
Bethany DeZelle  as Court Clerk
David Plunkett  as Mr. Paulsen
Al Hamacher  as Charles Steele
McKenzie Applegate  as Vickie Ellis
Brody Rose  as Timmy Ellis
Nadej K. Bailey  as Marilynn Atwater (as Nadej Bailey)
Kevin Iannucci  as Larry Ellis
Susan Williams  as Nurse Caitlin
Lucius Baston  as Teacher
Jeanette Branch  as Principal
Jessica Miesel  as Doreen (Waitress)
Rachel Bagley  as Local Reporter
Charles Orr  as NAACP Lawyer
Tim Ware  as Judge Leslie Hallford
Jill Jane Clements  as Secretary
Ned Vaughn  as Wilbur Hobby
Dawntavia Bullard  as Delores Riddick
Coley Campany  as Charrette Volunteer #1
Elizabeth Omilami  as Marion Wilson (as Elisabeth Omilami)
Arin Logan  as Peggy
Kameron Kierce  as Miles (as Kameron Neal Kierce)
Charles Black  as Reverend Joseph (as Charles A. Black)
Aaron K Smalls  as Archie Cox (as Aaron Smalls)
Hope Leigh  as Charrette Volunteer #2
Bart Hansard  as Horace Bray
Jeremy Daniel Madden  as Boone Ewell
Morgan Brown  as Sam Watford (as Morgan E. Brown)
Robert Harvey  as Earl Weeks (as Bob Harvey)
Cranston Johnson  as Emmett
Jack Montague  as Alvin
ChantΓ© Bowser  as Nurse Bernadette (as Chante Bowser)
Rhoda Griffis  as Nurse Whitney
Wilbur Fitzgerald  as Fire Safety Inspector (as Wilbur T. Fitzgerald)
Shane Jackson  as Robert Jones
Chanel Young  as Charrette Secretary
Michael Hyland Cole  as Gas Company Man
Shane Biseell  as Youth Corps Member (as Shane Bissell)
Annie Cook  as Mrs. Keith
Rae Olivier  as Caroline Kelly
Lindsey Moser  as Cashier (as Lindsey Nichole Moser)

Release date

When is The Best of Enemies movie release date?

"The Best of Enemies" movie release date was scheduled to be on April 5, 2019 distributing by STXfilms, STX Entertainment, Elevation Pictures, STX Films, Netflix, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) and Stage 6 Films.


What are The Best of Enemies filming details?

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

"The Best of Enemies" movie is rated "PG-13", according to the MPAA film rating system.


What are critics and audiences saying about The Best of Enemies movie?

"The Best of Enemies" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.3/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 54/100. The audience also likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

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