White Man's Burden (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

White Man's Burden (1995)

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This drama takes place in an alternate reality where African-Americans form the United States' ruling class, while whites are a racially oppressed minority. When a poor white messenger loses his job, his life collapses and, in desperation, he is driven to take his former employer hostage.

Cast

John Travolta
as Louis Pinnock
Harry Belafonte
as Thaddeus Thomas
Tom Bower
as Stanley
Tom Wright
as Lionel
Judith Drake
as Dorothy
Tom Nolan
as Johansson
Michael Beach
as Policeman No. 1 Outside Bar
Lee Duncan
as Policeman No. 2 Outside Bar
Lawrence A. Mandley
as Sheriff No. 1 at Eviction
William Hendry
as Sheriff No. 2 at Eviction
Brian Brophy
as Bank Teller
Duane R. Shepard Sr.
as Maitre d' at Fashion Show
Bert Remsen
as Hot Dog Vendor
Steve Wilcox
as First Youth at Hot Dog Stand
Jason Kristofer
as Youth at Hot Dog Stand
Seth Green
as Youth at Hot Dog Stand
Alexis Arquette
as Panhandler
Larry Nash
as Policeman at Gas Station
Mae Elvis
as Girl (age 11)
Dean Hallo
as Charles
Kerry Remsen
as Pregnant Woman at Bus Stop
Googy Gress
as Bystander at Bus Stop
Lisa Dinkins
as Shooting Policewoman
Lawrence T. Wrentz
as Shooting Policeman
Steve Larson
as Bottle Thrower
Lawrence Bender
as Bar Patron No. 1
Matt O'Toole
as Bar Patron No. 2
Iain Jones
as Bar Patron No. 3
Janet Hubert
as Dinner Guest
Attallah Shabazz
as Dinner Guest
Willette Klausner
as Dinner Guest
David C. Harvey
as Factory Worker
Amy Powell
as Newscaster
Keith Collier
as Dancer on TV
Annamarie Simmons
as Dancer on TV
Rosie Tenison
as Detective on TV
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Critic Reviews for White Man's Burden

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10)

Were it not for John Travolta's big-hearted portrayal of an unemployed white factory worker driven to commit a desperate act, the movie would be an emotionally frozen exercise in cautious high-mindedness.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

White Man's Burden spirals into tragedy but never into stirring drama. It stays stuck at the level of noble experiment.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

White Man's Burden was worth doing once, if it only to find out it isn't worth doing again.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Watching this movie is like watching Godfrey Cambridge's racial switcheroo in 1970's Watermelon Man -- without the laughs.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

A ham-fisted, under-imagined dialectic on race relations.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's undeniably fascinating to watch this hypothetical experiment for a while. But White Man's Burden starts to feel like an only-passable Twilight Zone episode stretched into a full-length movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for White Man's Burden

½

What if the roles were reversed. Would the treatment of minority races or religious groups be any different. Honestly I think not.

thomas rogers
thomas rogers

Kind of silly concept where you can tell the director wanted to make a "statement" but just comes off as stupid.

Ash James
Ash James
½

Like the professional critics will tell you, VERY interesting premise, but the execution fell short

Remi Logan
Remi Logan

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