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The Color of Friendship (2000)

A white South African girl finds herself in a difficult situation when she is sent to spend a term with a black family in America.

Director:

Kevin Hooks

Writer:

Paris Qualles
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsey Haun ... Mahree Bok
Shadia Simmons ... Piper Dellums
Carl Lumbly ... Ron Dellums
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Roscoe Dellums (as Penny Johnson)
Anthony Burnett Anthony Burnett ... Brandy Dellums
Travis Kyle Davis Travis Kyle Davis ... Erik Dellums (as Travis Davis)
Melanie Nicholls-King ... Flora
Susan Danford ... Merle Bok
Stephen Jennings Stephen Jennings ... Pieter Bok
Michael Kanev Michael Kanev ... Rian Bok
Ahmad Stoner ... Daniel
Ryan Cooley ... Billy
David Rosser David Rosser ... Reporter #1
Michelyn Emelle Michelyn Emelle ... Reporter #2
Erik Kilpatrick Erik Kilpatrick ... Turner
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Mahree Bok lives on a farm in South Africa. Her father is a policeman who cannot hide his joy when activist Steve Biko is caught by the South African authorities. Piper Dellums is the daughter of a US congressman from California and who lives in a nice home in Washington DC. When Mahree is chosen to spend a semester at the Dellums' house, she doesn't expect that her host family would be black. Nor do her hosts suspect that she is not a black South African. Written by Dragomir R. Radev <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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Look beyond black and white and you'll find...The Color of Friendship


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Trivia

Mahree Bok's name in real life was Carrie. See more »

Goofs

Piper has Lionel Richie's self titled album in her room. The album wasn't released until 1982. See more »

Quotes

Ron Dellums: I have a friend, a new friend, from South Africa. And this friend recently told me about a unique bird found in her country. And what is remarkable about this bird is not that it nests, for all birds nest, but that this particular bird nests in a community all unrelated to each other and all of different colors. This community of different colors and different birds has one common goal: to care for each other. We are a world of people, not ethnic groups, not races, and not different ...
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Soundtracks

Fiona
Written by Daryl Anthony
Performed by Az Yet
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enjoyable, educational
23 August 2001 | by k_barraSee all my reviews

Ok I don't normally watch Disney channel movies, but lately some of them have not been that bad. The Color of Friendship was one of these. It showed real problems in an atmosphere that was understandable to younger audiences and yet not wholly uninteresting to adults. The two teenage girls provided a great dichotomy, and though some of their arguments were unrealistic, for the most part the issues were clearly and logically presented. Even as an educated young adult, the movie still was delightfully surprising to me in that it opened my eyes and made me see more than a history book lesson, but instead real people with real feelings. It is noted in the movie, and important to remember in life, that it is not the people of the oppressive country that are inherently bad, but rather the system of beliefs that has been imposed upon them, often for generations.

Enjoyable and educational, I give it an 8 out of 10.


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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 2000 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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