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THE BEST OF ENEMIES – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 13 mins
DIRECTOR: Robin Bissell
WRITERS: Robin Bissell – Based on the Book by Osha Gray Davidson
STARRING: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Wes Bentley, Anne Heche, Nick Searcy and Bruce McGill
Based on the true-life story of Civil Rights Activist Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson) and the Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell), as they face off in Durham North Carolina, circa 1971, amidst the issue of school desegregation.
I give THE BEST OF ENEMIES a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN: Talk about incredible performances…Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell put it all out there, creating and presenting one very touching film. I was truly moved by this true storyline, and the tragedy these two both faced within their respective lives. I know all the ladies in attendance were moved, and I believe some of the men in the theater were too, as you experience both Atwater and Ellis’s convictions to their “own kind”, as they embarked upon a fierce battle against one another, that ultimately transitioned into a life-long friendship, once they opened their eyes to the humanity, and humility that is in each and every one of us. Add in the exceptional performances by Heche, Bentley and McGill, and you have a film full of perseverance, and conviction, that everyone over the age of 13 in this country should experience, THE BEST OF ENEMIES will truly touch you, heart and soul ~ just like it did myself, and everyone else viewing the advanced screening, signified by the clapping of the entire theater audience, once it was through. It is my hope that enough people venture out to see this film this weekend, that its sentiments will enlighten and empower us all, to look beyond the color of our skin, and open our eyes to the struggles facing our fellow man, thus allowing us to build a bridge of understanding, and compassion towards one another, each and every single day!