The Color of Courage

1998

The Color of Courage

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Set in 1944 when racial segregation was still the norm in many American cities, this drama recounts the true tale of a black family that moves into an all-white neighborhood and the one white neighbor who befriends them. Mac McGhee (Roger Guenveur Smith) is a light-skinned black who for 12 years passed for white at a major Detroit newspaper. His colleagues figured he was of Latin decent. Mac's wife, the beautiful and sophisticated Minnie (Lynn Whitfield), possesses much darker skin. Mac radically alters his family's lives when he buys a house in an upper-class all-white neighborhood. Despite his wife's fears, Mac is determined to live there and moves his wife and two sons in at night. Neighbor Anna (Linda Hamilton) is the first to welcome the McGhees and brings them a homemade cake. Married to laborer Benjamin (Bruce Greenwood), a man too proud to have his wife work, Anna is well-aware that her family is not as financially well off as her other neighbors. It had taken her quite a while to save enough ration coupons to bake that cake. Minnie, does work, at the local post office. Anna and Minnie become friends, but Benjamin, also very conscious of his lower status in the neighborhood and wanting to improve his standing, succumbs to pressure from his other neighbors (who worry about lowered property values) to try to force the McGhees to live elsewhere. The Color of Courage played in the "American Discoveries" category of the 1998 Chicago Film Festival.

Cast

Linda Hamilton
as Anna Sipes
Bruce Greenwood
as Benjamin Sipes
Lynn Whitfield
as Minnie McGhee
Tegan Moss
as Maggie Sipes
Gannon Brown
as Reggie McGhee
David Andrews
as Philip Renfrew
Jenny O'Hara
as Dorothy Renfrew
Kevin McNulty
as Thompson
Paul Jarrett
as Stanford
Bill Dow
as Winchell
Laurie Murdoch
as Bloodheart
Linden Banks
as Andrews
Henry Watson
as David Kent
Roger R. Cross
as Thurgood Marshall
Bill Nunn
as Chief Justice
French Tickner
as Judge Braddock
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