The Best of Enemies

The Best of Enemies

DVD - 2019
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"A timely drama that centers on an unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever."--Container.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, 2019
Branch Call Number: DVD BES Dra
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : 5.1 Dolby digital sd., col. ; 12 cm

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Movie Matinee: The Best of Enemies

Rated PG | 2019 | 2h 13min Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, the man known as an 'Exalted Cyclops' of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration. The Best of Enemies stars Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, and Babou Ceesay.Tickets will be given out 60 minutes before program begins. (more)


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wyllow
Nov 29, 2019

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.

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jazzy4u
Nov 28, 2019

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.

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greatflicks
Nov 22, 2019

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.

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TheWriterLady2
Nov 08, 2019

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.

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jjd66
Nov 07, 2019

One of the best of 2019.
Good story based on true events.
Great acting, especially the two leads.
Highly recommended.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Oct 22, 2019

Phenomenal movie. Sadly, race relations in Durham, NC haven't progressed much since 1971.

JCLHeatherM Oct 16, 2019

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.

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lindy919
Oct 05, 2019

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Solid, though predictable. The writers and director played it really safe.
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strider643
Oct 02, 2019

Well meaning movie but it's a real dud.

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21221018293347
Oct 02, 2019

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.

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