White Man's Burden (film)

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White Man's Burden
White Mans Burden.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Desmond Nakano
Produced by Lawrence Bender
Written by Desmond Nakano
Starring John Travolta
Harry Belafonte
Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography Willy Kurant
Edited by Nancy Richardson
Production
company
Distributed by Savoy Pictures
Release dates December 1, 1995 (USA)
Running time 89 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Budget $7 million
Box office $3,760,525 (USA)

White Man's Burden is a 1995 drama film about racism in an alternative America where black and white Americans have reversed cultural roles.[1]

The film revolves around Louis Pinnock, a white factory worker (John Travolta), who kidnaps Thaddeus Thomas, a black factory owner (Harry Belafonte) who fired him over a perceived slight.[2]

The film was written and directed by Desmond Nakano.

Tagline: Two men at odds in a world turned upside down.

Plot[edit]

Louis Pinnock (John Travolta) is a struggling urban factory worker. In this alternative reality, it is a large underclass of white Americans who live in rundown, crime-infested ghettos and face prejudice from the broader society, while the comfortable middle and upper class is predominantly black.

In an effort to go above and beyond in his position (hoping to become a foreman soon), in the candy factory in which he works, Pinnock delivers a package for his boss, to successful (CEO) Thaddeus Thomas (Harry Belafonte). After Pinnock accidentally sees Thomas's wife coming out of the shower, he is subsequently fired, beaten up by the police and forced to watch his family evicted. In a radical quest for justice, Pinnock kidnaps Thomas, which forces the two men to bond, as well as argue over race relations and the roots of social inequality.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The movie gained a mixed to negative reception from movie critics.[3][4][5][6]

The movie was not a box office success.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ By BERNARD WEINRAUBPublished: February 06, 1995 (1995-02-06). "Turning the Tables on Race Relations - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Turnabout of Foul Play : In 'White Man's Burden,' John Travolta and Harry Belafonte tilt racism on its head, in a universe where black culture dominates. Get ready to rock your world. - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1995-03-19. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  3. ^ JACK MATHEWS (1995-12-01). "MOVIE REVIEW : Racial Role Reversal in 'White Man's Burden' - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  4. ^ Chris Hicks (1995-12-05). "Film review: White Man's Burden". Deseret News. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  5. ^ "FILM REVIEW - Blacks Have the Power In `White Man's Burden'". SFGate. 1995-12-01. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  6. ^ "White Man's Burden :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  7. ^ ROBERT W. WELKOS (1995-12-05). "Weekend Box Office : 'Toy Story' on a Roll - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 

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