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White Man's Burden (1995)

In an alternative America where African-Americans and White Americans have reversed cultural roles, a white factory worker kidnaps a black factory owner for dismissing him over perceived disdain.

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Desmond Nakano

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Desmond Nakano
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Louis Pinnock
Harry Belafonte ... Thaddeus Thomas
Kelly Lynch ... Marsha Pinnock
Margaret Avery ... Megan Thomas
Tom Bower ... Stanley
Andrew Lawrence ... Donnie Pinnock
Bumper Robinson ... Martin
Tom Wright ... Lionel
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Roberta
Judith Drake ... Dorothy
Robert Gossett ... John
Wesley Thompson ... Williams
Tom Nolan Tom Nolan ... Johansson
Willie C. Carpenter ... Marcus
Michael Beach ... Policeman #1 Outside Bar
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Storyline

The story takes place in alternative America where the blacks are members of social elite, and whites are inhabitants of inner city ghettos. Louis Pinnock is a struggling white worker in a chocolate factory, loving husband and father of two children. While delivering a package for black CEO Thaddeus Thomas, he is mistaken for a voyeur and, as a result, loses his job, gets beaten by black cops and his family gets evicted from their home. Desperate, Pinnock takes a deadly weapon and kidnaps Thomas, demanding justice, but the fight he will have to finish will cost him more than his job was ever worth. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Two men at odds in a world turned upside down. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

White Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,743,251, 3 December 1995

Gross USA:

$3,734,870

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,734,870
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Travolta had filming stopped briefly so that Kelly Lynch could attend the funeral of her friend, Michael O'Donoghue. See more »

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Quotes

[Last lines. Mrs. Pinnock has just refused to accept from Mr. Thomas the money he owed her husband]
Thaddeus Thomas: Why don't you keep it? I can give you some more if you think... if you think it's not enough.
Marsha Pinnock: How much is enough, Mr. Thomas? How much will ever be enough?
[turns, shuts the door and walks away]
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Referenced in Rederiet: Dolda planer (1996) See more »

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Prelude to a Kiss
Written by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Irving Gordon
Performed by The Michael Lang Trio
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Undermined by its own racism.
28 June 2004 | by Nick ZbuSee all my reviews

I appreciate when a movie tries to break the conceptions of the audience. This shows that someone is trying to be smart and use the medium to express their own heartfelt views as well as entertain. Yet this movie has a serious problem: it tries to show a mirror world in which the roles of whites and blacks are reversed in order to show the injustice. Yet this movie doesn't have the sense to realize that when you use a stereotype in order to break it, you end up enforcing it. Travolta's character in this movie is not just your bog standard black man, it's representative of whites in the same class strata. Yes, there are white people who act just like he does in this movie. This is not behavior that is reserved solely for black people. And yet this is supposed to be an Alternate America?

Nonsense.

This movie is misinformed racewise. There are plenty of rich blacks and poor whites in this world. Turn it on Cops or any talk show and you'll see proof of the latter. To give us a morality play with the intent to shock us with things a lot of us in middle America see on a daily basis is lazy conception.

The movie fails on this level. Perhaps if it gave more thought to the classes instead of just using the race card (and actually looking more into their topic) it would be a good movie. But now, it's just a forgotten piece of tripe with a very limited and selectively cynical view of the world. And the world is lesser for it.


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