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The Best of Enemies (2019)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History | 5 April 2019 (USA)
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Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.


Robin Bissell


Robin Bissell, Osha Gray Davidson (inspired by true events chronicled in 'The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South' by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taraji P. Henson ... Ann Atwater
Sam Rockwell ... C.P. Ellis
Babou Ceesay ... Bill Riddick
Anne Heche ... Mary Ellis
Wes Bentley ... Floyd Kelly
Nick Searcy ... Garland Keith
Bruce McGill ... Carvie Oldham
John Gallagher Jr. ... Lee Tromblay
Nicholas Logan ... Wiley Yates
Gilbert Glenn Brown ... Howard Clement
Caitlin Mehner ... Maddy Mays
Dolan Wilson ... Councilman Bill Atkins
Morgan Mackey ... Young Mother
Kendall Ryan Sanders ... Ben Butler
Chris Cavalier ... Leonard


Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

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Change is worth fighting for.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, racial epithets, some violence and a suggestive reference | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Some bar scenes were shot at the American Legion in Tucker, Georgia. See more »


There is a scene at a baseball game at the start of the film where a player is shown wearing Nike branded baseball cleats, first made in 1980. See more »


C.P. Ellis: She looked at me like I was some kind of monster.
Mary Ellis: What did you expect?
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Those Magic Moments
Written by Yvonne Mc Gowan De Vaney
Performed by Yvonne De Vaney
Courtesy of d2 Music
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User Reviews

Good...not great
8 April 2019 | by darkraven-55908See all my reviews

Soo I enjoyed this film and I was really looking forward to it, but it left me wanting more. Taraji and Sam were both great and the supporting class was awesome but... I was drawn to this film not necessarily for another civil rights film, but to see the relationship between these two characters grow from overflowing discourse to compromise to friendship. I didn't see that. I saw a few side bar comments and one or two cross words but mostly this film showed a man struggling to let go of his anger and hatred for a race he really didn't understand under the cloud of civil rights and the blistering speeches of those around him albeit including Ann Atwater. I just felt that the friendship between these two Star-crossed souls played by two remarkable actors, would've been more entertaining to watch than just another civil rights film. But it was a good story it just wasn't the story I was expecting.

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Release Date:

5 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best of Enemies See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,446,190, 7 April 2019

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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