Black or White

Synopsis: Black or White is the story of a grandfather (Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Mike Binder
Production: Relativity Media
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min


Dr. Patterson,

line 3422, please.

Dr. Patterson, line 3422.

There's a heart

On the line

And it rests

With your eyes

Please don't fade

And please don't cry

'Cause it's all white lies

Take a chance

Watch it fall

Grab too much

And lose it all

Now I've lost

My disguise

It was all white lies



You've reached Dave Anderson.

Leave a message.

David, it's Elliott.

I'm gonna go home.

They'll be taking her body

to Richter Memorial.

I'll come back in the morning,

meet them, go with her,

see what's the next step.

I'll talk to you in the morning.

My brother.

- She's gone?

- Yeah.

Well, what'd the doctor say?

That they, um...

That they did what they could.

Oh, my God, Elliott... I'm so sorry.

I can't believe it.

What are you gonna do now?

I don't know. Probably just go home.

Well, you want some company?

'Cause I can come by and just hang,

you know?

You know, drink, not drink.

Talk, not talk. Listen, not listen.

Maybe tell some stories,

go for a walk, or uh...

You know, I'm kinda hoping

you're gonna say no here

- so I can stop doing this, all right?

- No. Thanks, though.

- I feel so shitty.

- I know, man. I know. I'm sorry.

Stay here

Lie with me here

Oh lo-fi

Lonely sighs

I will roam

Lost but never alone

Hide with me

Hide with me

Now you move

With the tide

And I've heard you've found

Peace of mind

I now know

That life's design

Moves around white lies

White lies

White lies

Grandma? Papa?

Grandma? Papa?

Honey, hold on. Hold on, hon.

OK, come in.


Where's Grandma?

She's not here. Come give Papa a kiss.

How's my Puppy?


Is Grandma gonna take me to school?

I don't know. I think, um...

I think I'm gonna take you to school.

Can you finish getting ready?

- Yes.

- OK.

What's going on?

You need to comb out my hair.

- Really? You... You can't do that yet?

- Nope.

Not from the top down,

from the bottom up.



- This is every day?

- Yup.

- Eloise! We can't be late, honey.

- OK.

Wait, wait, wait. Shut the door.

- Here. Put this in my hair, please.

- Your hair?


Rosita, can you help me

find my sunglasses, please?

- All right.

- There you go.

You tied it like a tennis shoe.

It needs a bow.

- Like Grammie does it.

- All right.

Come redo it.

Let me try again.

All right, there's your bow.

Now what?

You're supposed to make me

brush my teeth.

- I am?

- Yes. Grammie makes me every day.

- Forces me.

- All right, well then, you...

You get up there and you brush

your teeth, young lady. Right now.

Say it like you mean it.

Well, I mean it, all right?

I mean business. Right now!

Good job.

- Are you lost?

- No, I um...

I thought it was on this street.

I'm just...

I'm on the wrong street.

Thought it was somewhere else.

Isn't that called being lost?

Yes, normally.

I mean, it could be, but it isn't now,

right? I'm... not lost.

How come you don't know?

You come to school every day.

You don't know how to get here?

I'm not driving.

I'm sitting in the back.

If you're lost, you can tell me.

I don't care, Papa.

Yes, I'm lost.

We've gotta hurry up.

They're all inside already.

I know, Puppy, I know.

OK, we're right here. See?

I'm gonna be late!

They're all already in there.

It's OK.

Just tell them your grandfather got...

- Got lost?

- Yes, you can tell them I got lost.

- Does that make you happy?

- It does.

Go on.

I didn't have

the strength to tell her.

Now I'm terrified that one of the kids

in her class will say something to her.

I need to be there

when she gets out of school.

I need to tell her.

It's OK. You'll tell her.

Uh, meantime, we have some

good food here for you both to eat.

Yeah, I was calling about

a memorial service and a burial.

Um... I had spoken to Father Mackley.

He suggested I give you a call.

I'm gonna make some dishes for you,

Elliott, some pre-cooked things

for you two to nibble on.


Uh, do you need to call her grandmother?

Reggie's mother?

What does she call her, "Wee Wee"?

- Grandma Wee Wee?

- Yeah.

Why would I call her, Rick?

I mean, really,

why would I call any of them?

We're not related. All right?

Carol wasn't related to them.

Guess if I was gonna... call anybody,

it'd be that piece of sh*t son of hers

that nobody's seen or heard from

in three years.

Believe me, the last person I need

swarming around me right now

is Grandma Wee Wee.

Bad enough I have... you two.


You didn't have to do this, you know.

I could've...

- I could've come on my own.

- Oh, come on.

- We want to be with you right now.

- What a pretty school.

I heard it's like one of the best ever.

- Tell me your name again?

- Fay.

That's right.

You're right, Fay.

Hey, there she is.

Hey, are you sure you're up for this?

Why don't I just grab her,

we'll take her back to the house,

- tell her later when you're...

- I'm fine. Relax, Rick.


That ain't gonna help.

Papa, Andi Jacobson wants me to come

over and scrapbook at her house today.

You want to do that?

Go scrapbook over at

Andi Jack... ogym... Johnson's house?

No. But I told her I'd ask you.

Well, you did. You asked and I said no.

Thank you.

Let's go over here for a minute, Eloise.

Talk with you about something.

We had a bad night last night,

Eloise, you and I.

Grandma Carol was killed in a accident.

A car accident.

A man hit her and...

...and she and he and several others,

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Mike Binder

Mike Binder (born June 2, 1958) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. more…

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