Black And White

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Single Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Music Video
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary: James Toback - Director
    • Featurette: James Toback's Video Diary
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Talent Files:
      1. James Toback - Director
      2. Robert Downey, Jr. - Star
      3. Power - Star
      4. Raekwon - Star
      5. Brooke Shields - Star
      6. Ben Stiller - Star
      7. Bijou Phillips - Star
      8. Mike Tyson -Star

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Entertainment Reviews:

Variety -
"...Engaging for its fresh milieu....It remains naturalistic, edgy and humorous..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 04/??/2000
"...Vital, immediate and often uproarious. An exciting, eclectic cast..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/29/2000
"...Earns distinction as the greatest semi-improvised didactic fantasy ever made about cultural miscegenation....Shades of gray..." -- Rating: B
Premiere - 11/01/2000
"...Hilarious, deeply ribald....Don't miss it." -- 3 out of 5 stars - A Satisfying Rental
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2000
"...Moments of rough-hewn ingenuity....Teeming with vitality..."

Product Description:

With BLACK AND WHITE, writer-director James Toback (FINGERS, TWO GIRLS AND A GUY) confronts the topic of race head on--most specifically, the influence of black urban hip-hop culture on white America. Set in New York City as the 1990s wind to a close, the film is told in a broad, episodic fashion, interweaving several different story lines in order to address a multitude of ideas. In the most comedic, a white documentarian (Brooke Shields) and her gay husband (Robert Downey Jr.) follow a group of affluent white teenagers (led by Bijou Phillips) around the city as they unabashedly pursue a Staten Island hip-hop crew. As the leader of the crew, Rich Bower (the Wu-Tang Clan's Power) struggles to leave his criminal past behind and become a legitimate musician. In the most dramatic subplot, an undercover police detective (Ben Stiller) frames a talented college basketball player (Allan Houston) in order to exact an ambiguous revenge. Toback blends improvisation with tightly scripted scenes, and the result is a loose, broad essay on the state of racism at the turn of the millennium. BLACK AND WHITE features impressive performances by the all-star cast, but it is Mike Tyson who steals the film with his unforgettable cameo.

Plot Synopsis:

Director Toback's multifaceted dramedy concerns the influence of hip-hop culture on white America. The revolving story--partly scripted, partly improvised--focuses on three separate stories that eventually converge, albeit loosely. In the first, a documentary filmmaker (Shields) follows a group of well-to-do white high school students in Manhattan as they spend time emulating their favorite hip-hop stars. In the second, a budding rapper (Wu-Tang Clan's Power) struggles to leave behind a life of crime for the record business. And in the third, a college basketball star (Houston) is bribed by a jealous police officer (Stiller) into throwing a game.

Plot Keywords:

New York City | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • The film was originally released in America on April 5, 2000.
  • Toback shot BLACK AND WHITE entirely on the streets of New York City.
  • In the confrontation between Tyson and Downey Jr., Toback didn't prepare Tyson for what Downey was going to say or do.
  • Power, a successful music producer who drifted into acting, made his film debut with BELLY.

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  • UPC: 043396052888
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