"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.
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STXfilms on Thursday, October 11, 2018 released the trailer for "The Best of Enemies" you can watch here:
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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.
Here is the full cast and characters of "The Best of Enemies" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.
"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.
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.
"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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