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Dear White People (2014)

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The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.

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Justin Simien

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Justin Simien (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler James Williams ... Lionel Higgins
Tessa Thompson ... Samantha White
Kyle Gallner ... Kurt Fletcher
Teyonah Parris ... Colandrea 'Coco' Conners
Brandon P Bell ... Troy Fairbanks (as Brandon Bell)
Brittany Curran ... Sofia Fletcher
Justin Dobies ... Gabe
Marque Richardson ... Reggie
Malcolm Barrett ... Helmut West
Dennis Haysbert ... Dean Fairbanks
Peter Syvertsen ... President Fletcher
Brandon Alter ... George
Kate Gaulke ... Annie (as Katie Gaulke)
Brian James Brian James ... Martin
Keith Myers ... Mitch
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Storyline

A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world. Written by Anonymous

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A satire about being a black face in a white place

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2014 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Dear White People See more »

Filming Locations:

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$347,959, 19 October 2014

Gross USA:

$4,404,154

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,633,961
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Sam makes a student film that is critical of what she sees as white people's widespread fear of Barack Obama and titles it "Rebirth of a Nation." This is a reference not only to D.W. Griffith's notoriously racist 1915 Civil War movie The Birth of a Nation (1915) but also to something that filmmaker Spike Lee experienced while he was a first-year student at NYU's graduate film school. After being required to watch Griffith's film and objecting to the fact that his professors taught it only as a milestone in the technical development of cinema with no attention paid to its racism and its legacy of helping to relaunch the KKK, Lee made a student short film titled The Answer (1980) that responded to The Birth of a Nation himself. "The Answer" so offended many of his NYU professors that Lee was nearly expelled from NYU, but was ultimately saved by a faculty vote. See more »

Goofs

The flame on the candle in Sam's room on Halloween night is static, revealing that it is fake. See more »

Quotes

Curls: Do you think there's enough of us?
Sungmi: Latinos United is meeting across the hall. Asian American League too.
Sungmi: [everyone looks at her wondering why she joined BSU instead of Asian American League] ... you guys got better snacks.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits include photographs of the real-life blackface (and brownface) college parties that inspired the film's climax. See more »

Connections

References Do the Right Thing (1989) See more »

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Performed by Wow Jones
Written and Produced by Ishmael Windley
Courtesy of Wow Jones Music Group
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Lame
27 January 2015 | by charlimoppsSee all my reviews

The first 20min was OK... I thought it was going to be funny. Then it gets laughably silly, campy and pretentious. The actors are caricatures of real people. At first you think in the next scene you'll suddenly find more depth and things will come into focus, but no... In the end it's got this sad "Stick to your own people, stop trying to pretend to be white/black if you're not" message which really makes me feel sad for whomever wrote this. What a dark little world they live in. The bits about colleges throwing black-face parties all the time are even a bit ridiculous. The movies based in some fictional ivy league school, but the examples they give are all of tiny colleges no-ones ever heard of. I'm not saying there isn't a race problem in this country, there is for sure. But what this movie is portraying is wildly exaggerated. This is the kind of movie the real racists watch and say "That doesn't happen! It's all made up!" and they're right.


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