Black and White (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

Black and White (2002)




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Directed by Craig Lahiff, Black and White is a story about bigotry, social injustice, and a real-life murder trial that made Australian headlines in the late '50s. On a December afternoon in 1958, the body of a nine-year-old white girl is discovered in a cave off the coast of Southern Australia. Detective Paul Turner (Roy Billing) quickly arrests a half-aboriginal fair-worker named Max Stuart (David Ngoombujarra), who signs a confession. However, being that Max is illiterate, the legitimacy of the confession is contested by his legal aid representatives, David O'Sullivan (Robert Carlyle) and Helen Devaney (Kerry Fox). Despite the questionable confession, Max is found guilty by the all-white, all-male jury, and sentenced to be hanged. O'Sullivan lodges a series of appeals, but no conclusive evidence of Max's guilt or innocence has been found to this day.
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Robert Carlyle
as David O'Sullivan
Charles Dance
as Roderic Chamberlain
Kerry Fox
as Helen Devaney
Colin Friels
as Father Tom Dixon
Ben Mendelsohn
as Rupert Murdoch
David Ngoombujarra
as Max Stuart
Roy Billing
as Det. Sgt. Turner
Bille Brown
as Thomas Playford
John Gregg
as Rohan Rivett
Heather Mitchell
as Roma Chamberlain
Garry Waddell
as Constable Jones
Gary Waddell
as Constable Jones
Frank Gallacher
as Justice Reed
Rhys McConnochie
as Justice Abbott
Vincent Ball
as Chief Justice Napier
Chris Haywood
as Karskens
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Critic Reviews for Black and White

All Critics (6)

finds just the right balance between scenes inside and outside the courtroom, and deftly juggles an unusually large number of characters without ever seeming cluttered.

Full Review… | January 9, 2004
Movie Gazette

Some fine performances, but the story lacks focus and spends too much time in the gray area.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003

Unlike the title, life is far from black and white, and this satisfying journey offers us a menu of many of its shades of grey.

Full Review… | October 17, 2002
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Black and White

Cinema is littered with 'true stories' of criminal justice gone horribly wrong, and generally these films are fair, good, or borderline great. Black and White, saddled with one of cinema's most cliched titles, is square in the middle of the pack.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

This courtroom drama was fairly decent movie based on true events. Although not original with many more out there just like this one, it was still entertaining, emotional, and worth seeing because it was just so messed up. A black Aboriginal man in Australia gets accused of raping and killing a 9 year old girl. He is then railroaded by the police and a young rebel lawyer puts his career and reputation on the line to save this mans life. If courtroom dramas and lawyer movies are you thing... then this might not be the most attractive movie, but you might be interested in seeing this one.

DJ Jackson
DJ Jackson

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