The Best of Enemies

Release Date: April 5th, 2019

PG-13 |2 hr 13 min

Plot Summary

The true story of the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader. During the racially charged summer of 1971, Atwater and Ellis come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, N.C. The ensuing debate and battle soon lead to surprising revelations that change both of their lives forever.

Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Nick Searcy, Wes Bentley, Anne Heche, Bruce McGill, John Gallagher Jr.

Director: Robin Bissell

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Material, STX Entertainment

Distributors: STX Films

Keywords: Quest, Transformation, Moving, Mother, Inspiring, School, Rivalry, Tense, Passionate, Hospital, 1970s, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 30
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    No doubt the world needs more paeans to tolerance, but movies as ineffectual as The Best Of Enemies feel profoundly inadequate to the task. show more

  • 60
    Caryn JamesThe Hollywood Reporter

    While it lacks the ambition to turn its obvious plot into a film that feels new, it also avoids the pitfalls of moral smugness and stereotyping. It flows along easily, bolstered by Taraji P. Henson’s and Sam Rockwell’s vibrant performances. show more

  • 20
    Inkoo KangSlate

    The key, according to the film, is dialogue and altruism — namely, black overtures to white hate. The onus is as misplaced as the movie’s sympathies. show more

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