- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 7, 2009
- 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
- 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:
- James Toback - Director
- Robert Downey, Jr. - Star
- Power - Star
- Raekwon - Star
- Brooke Shields - Star
- Ben Stiller - Star
- Bijou Phillips - Star
- Mike Tyson -Star
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Bijou Phillips &
Robert Downey Jr.
William Lee Scott,
Eddie Kaye Thomas,
Method Man &
Myron I. Kerstein
Daniel Bigel &
Director of Photography:
David M. Ferrara
"...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..."
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.
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.
- 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.