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The Best of Enemies

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Can anyone ever truly change? This nearly unbelievable true story suggests they can. It’s 1971 in Durham, North Carolina. The Civil Rights movement is in full swing, and activist Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson) argues for school integration over the objections of C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell), an Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan.

Despite the volatility of their diametrically-opposed viewpoints, a city councilman calls Atwater and Ellis to co-lead an extended series of meetings to manage the city’s transition to integration. Despite their differences, the two have to find common ground and find a path to the future together.

Cast

  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Sam Rockwell
  • Babou Ceesay
  • Nick Searcy
  • Wes Bentley
  • Anne Heche
  • Bruce McGill
  • John Gallagher
  • Nicholas Logan
  • Gilbert Glenn Brown

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Verified Review
#epic

This movie is awesome!! I live in NC and had no idea of this great piece of history in our back door!

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Frieda S
Verified Review

Excellent Movie!!! I'm glad this story was told and we as a nation can learn from it.

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Aneesah T

Metacritic

20
Apr 6, 2019

The key, according to the film, is dialogue and altruism — namely, black overtures to white hate. The onus is as misplaced as the movie’s sympathies.

Metacritic review by Inkoo Kang
Inkoo Kang
Slate
30
Apr 5, 2019

No doubt the world needs more paeans to tolerance, but movies as ineffectual as The Best Of Enemies feel profoundly inadequate to the task.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily
60
Apr 4, 2019

While it lacks the ambition to turn its obvious plot into a film that feels new, it also avoids the pitfalls of moral smugness and stereotyping. It flows along easily, bolstered by Taraji P. Henson’s and Sam Rockwell’s vibrant performances.

Metacritic review by Caryn James
Caryn James
The Hollywood Reporter