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This is a powerful movie that demonstrates that sometimes people can change their way of thinking! Would recommend that you watch the Bonus features, especially the interviews with the people who were involved with the actual events on which this movie is based.
Pretty good movie based on true story. Be sure to see extra mini-doc about the real CP & Ann & their friendship. Inspiring how people from opposing groups can become true friends.👍
Uh-oh, what seemed like another movie about white supremacists clashing with downtrodden blacks began exactly that way. Racists in power constantly and cunningly plotting their schemes in their usual fashion.
What was unexpected was how one character journeyed through a mind and heart transformation.
Watch for a moving scene of courage from Sam Rockwell.
A good movie. I wasnt familiar with this incident. It was interesting to see C.Ps change and how the whole issue was deal with in a logical way. Well acted by all. Sam Rockwell was good.
Excellent true story as to the strife and tension with race relations. Took lots of work for most of the residents to reach a compromise.
An old saying - Truth is stranger than fiction - a story which could help our world now - getting people to talk together instead of shouting across the fence at each other. Well worth watching - The Best of Enemies. cheers Bob.
One of the greatest films I've ever seen this is another I highly recommend to viewers.
A difficult subject to tackle but beautifully realized. All the cast gave wonderful performances. Not one went over the top which could have easily happened. By the end of the movie, I wanted to meet each of them to say "A Job Well Done"!
Truth is stranger than fiction, and this movie proves it. I hadn't heard of this surprising, dramatic and remarkably true-to-real-events story before. This proves there's hope for our polarized society, if we can only see each other's humanity and what we have in common. Henson and Rockwell were superb, and the historic and emotional nature of the events depicted made this a great and worthwhile watch.
Zzzzzzzzz. Boring, overdone, overacting. Tired script. Couldn't hold attention. Sick of cruelty, low-chemistry, low-life, hate-filled humans. Don't find any of it entertaining. Don't need to hang around crap just to smell it so I can make sure it's still there.
A very strong 4 star. I only give 5 stars to ones I feel will win many awards. Most good movies rate a 3 star. We found this to be an emotional & moving movie and we loved it . Acting was good along with a wonderful true story. We recommend it to anyone with an open mind.
I too picked the movie not knowing about anything of what happened in Durham County in the 70's. I was thrilled to know that C.P.Ellis had changed his ways but not thrilled when he mentioned in the "Bonus" video that people of his color were still not speaking to him well into the 80's and 90's because he didn't want to be in the Klan anymore...
Other than that, it was a great movie and wonderful history lesson.
One of the best of 2019.
Good story based on true events.
Great acting, especially the two leads.
Phenomenal movie. Sadly, race relations in Durham, NC haven't progressed much since 1971.
I would recommend watching the special features first in order to fully understand the friendship between the two lead characters (Civil Rights Activist Ann Atwater and KKK President C.P. Ellis). The two were brought together to host a charette in order to discuss school desegregation. An unlikely friendship formed, resulting with Ellis denouncing the klan, and the two remained in each others lives long after their children attended school together.
Solid, though predictable. The writers and director played it really safe.
I rented this movie not really knowing what it was about. I was pleasantly surprised. Based on a true story which lead to a 30+ year friendship between the two main characters CP and Ann. Using the unusual process of a charette (today we may call this mediation) eight members of community schools, are led through various information sessions and outings in order to better understand what the blacks want for their children and what the deep south - KKK white folks want for their children. Pitting white supremists using scare tatics, and Ann using the supportive black community the 8 members of the charette discuss and eventually vote on whether or not to accept desegregation of their school system. A powerful ending. Watch the credits to see an aged CP and Ann discussing their further work together in the southern states.
Based on a true story but I found it to drag on and boring at points. The type of story that I walked away from the TV to do something else and when I returned I did not even have to rewind the movie to continue to watch it. Definitely not a movie I would watch a 2nd time.
A compelling story that still speaks to today's world. Wish all young people would see this movie and realize how we can be friends no matter what our background or circumstances are.
Redeeming Hollywood from a dearth of bad outputs. Tarija Henson of worth an Oscar nomination...and possibly Sam Rockwell as well for a supporting role.
This movie is Oscar worthy with Best Actor and Best Actress nods for Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson respectively. IMHO — Best movie so far this year.