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The Best of Enemies

The Best of Enemies is a movie starring Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, and Babou Ceesay. 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...

Other Titles
Raça e Redenção, No soy tu enemigo, Migliori nemici, Ellenségek legjobbika, 最佳敵人
Running Time
2 hours 13 minutes
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History, Biography, Drama
Robin Bissell
Robin Bissell, Osha Gray Davidson
Babou Ceesay, Taraji P. Henson, Anne Heche, Sam Rockwell
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
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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.

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I loved this movie, but I didn't really expect it to be as good as it was. This is one of those rare films where the basic premise is good, but the execution doesn't exactly flow well. I'm a fan of historical fiction, but sometimes it feels like the movie isn't the greatest possible interpretation of what happened. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by how good the film was. I liked the pacing, the script, and the characters. I would recommend this movie to fans of historical fiction, and I think it would make a good viewing for all the historical buffs out there. 8/10

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Nicholas Mitchell

This is a movie about two young men who fought for the Spanish Empire in the civil war and came out of the war more interested in political ideologies than fighting. Instead of the war, the movie is about the rise of the authoritarian regime in Spain during the Franco era, which had been at its height from 1937 to 1939. The movie is set in the 1920s, but it is really a story about the civil war from 1936 to 1939. It is about how the government in Spain decided what to do, who should be in power, what laws were necessary, what citizens could do in order to achieve political reform. A good documentary, but a little bit slow in the middle. Worth watching, but not as good as it is generally recognized.

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I have been a fan of Denis, Ann and Warren Sommers since their original television programs. The portrayal of these three really stood out for me, the unassuming. Ann's constant smiles were sweet and the warmth of the relationship she shared with Warren was truly a joy to watch. Denis didn't have an easy role in making this film, but I felt his performance was superb. His passion for the subject was evident, his amazing physical abilities were evident, and the feel of this film was great. There were many times during the film where I thought "I have to stop watching it, I'm going to miss something." I also found that the special effects of the car chase were fantastic, and I felt they were great choices. On a side note, I think the most amazing part of the movie is the end, it left me speechless and I hope they do something like that again.

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Kathryn G.

Somewhat history based movie.I think that this movie is good if you have a good taste of history. I liked the movie, because it is so well researched. I was very surprised to see so many facts in the movie, and it made me learn a lot about this country. The director made the movie very colorful, and kept the humor from the movie. I liked this movie a lot. It is definitely a good movie for families. I would recommend this movie to everyone.

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Brenda P.

This is the longest documentary on the Ten Commandments ever made and that is saying something. It really is a difficult subject to tell and the acting is surprisingly good. The performances from the kids are nothing short of incredible. For anyone who has ever been on the front lines of a war to understand what it feels like to be young in the U.S.A. and have the Marines and other military units try to get you, it is hard to believe that these boys are even barely 17 years old. Even with such a short running time, the editing and overall production quality is excellent and the story is gripping and compelling. There is not a single dull moment in this film, and if you like war documentaries you will definitely enjoy this.

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A fairly direct adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's 1945 play "The Best of Enemies", "Wounds" is really just a dramatic reworking of the story in its most brutal and effective form. The real difficulty lies with the production values, which are unfortunately not nearly up to the very high standards of the original play. Like most adaptations, the film is one of those productions where it is the editing and the direction that suffer the most. Whereas the original was in the hands of the director, in this case there is very little talent on display. On the plus side, the film does have a number of positive features, including its moving performances from the entire cast and the terrific photography of Peter Pauker (who is also the cinematographer in the film). The real highlight is the beautiful score from the incomparable Ella Molloy. This was quite a long time ago that I first heard this score and, as I've always been a fan of the music, I had high expectations when I heard the film. Sadly, "Wounds" doesn't meet them and I can only assume that, rather than be better, the film was simply better than I had hoped. The movie could have been much better, but for all the negatives, it was still a great film.

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Marie F.

I'm not sure if the opening shot is in fact Richard Burton in this film, but the timing, the slow motion shots and the costumes all lead you to believe so. But then again, it seems he's been around since the beginning of film making. The story begins with Burton as a 21 year old boy, working as a bartender in his parents' home in New Jersey. The parents' oldest son, Ben (Burt Reynolds) and younger daughter, Penelope (Dana Elcar) are already well into their 40s. At the same time, their younger daughter, Donna (Jessica Lange) has been sent to live with her grandmother (Rene Russo) and mother, Barbara (Reese Witherspoon). The father, Ron (Robert Duvall) isn't much older than his daughter, and hasn't seen much of his son in the intervening years. Then, out of the blue, his father's friend, Ned (David Strathairn) shows up unexpectedly, and Ben finds himself stranded with him on an island with Barbara and Ned. Over the next couple of days, Ben finds out his father and friend are not the only two survivors from a ship that sank. Ben and Barbara begin a romance, and his father and friend come to their rescue. Ben begins to develop a bond with Ned, and they begin a new relationship. Ben begins to question the reason his father and friend were on the ship. But when the story takes a turn for the worst, Ben learns what the real reason was, and they both learn that life is more complicated than Ben first suspected. After all, if you find yourself questioning your life after living on a ship, wouldn't you find yourself also questioning the reason you were on the ship in the first place? I haven't seen the original "The Best of Enemies," but I have seen the remake, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and "Life of Brian," and, unlike many critics, I do think the remake is better. While the remake has an updated setting (the world of the late 1800's), it is also less literal in how it interprets the story, and while the characters from the first movie may appear to be in one form or another changed or dead, this version of the movie still has a strong story-line. The idea of a famous person, such as Brad Pitt, being able to see a little boy's life-story is a great idea, and the ending is not overly cliche, but it is far from perfect. Although I think the remake is better than the original, I still feel that the original is a bit better. This is because of the director's vision. There are still some wonderful scenes, such as the moment when Ned and Ben are being interviewed and they have the first of many conversations about what they learned from their lives. It's very effective, and when you see Ned talk about the trip that he took to Tenerife, it's just as powerful as when Ben says about the

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Stephen Oliver

Well, I don't know if you noticed, but this movie has "grind" in it, at least in my opinion. But that doesn't make it bad. There were some good moments, and it was done very well. The actors were excellent and the production was nice. I have a feeling that this film was almost written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, and it is very likely that this movie was his way of trying to showcase his own talent as a director. If you're a fan of the man, you'll probably love this film. The story has it all. A bit of history, a bit of politics, and a bit of action. The subject matter is not "heavy", but it is serious, and the film captures the theme with a bit of humor. This is not a film for the children. But if you are a fan of Quentin Tarantino, or like a good movie, then this is a great film. I recommend it.

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Like my title says, "Don't get fooled by the word 'Django'!" It's not, in fact, as well done as 'Django,' but it's still an enjoyable flick to watch. As many of the reviewers pointed out, it's more like a romance than a revenge film, and for that reason, it's better to have seen the original movie, and it's always better to have seen the original than the remakes. In this case, it's a matter of which one you prefer. It's just a shame that the original won't be a big fan of the remake. I'm not sure if they even realized that they were remaking the original film at all. But to be fair, the remake is really good. It's almost as good as the original.

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Arthur D.

A WWII veteran, then a teenager, did what most of us will never do: He joined the British armed forces. This film is about how this young man overcame the hardships and trials of his war experience, especially the events that led up to and during D Day. Also, it's about how the brave men who fought in the armed forces were treated by the public. The film deals with the moral aspects of the war, and the training and education of the soldiers. It also shows how Britain and France were divided, and how one side was protecting the British empire. There is some historical inaccuracies, such as the character's name being Frank, and how the German's got to England, but these are minor and not important. This is an enjoyable film, and well worth seeing.

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Edward R. Murrow, as always, is superb in his role as the late, great television newsman. The film is only marginally reminiscent of that show, but it does keep the show in mind. The actors are great in their roles, and while one can't help thinking that this film might not be as great as the TV show, it is still a good film.

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Sharon W.

Over the years, I have seen a lot of movies from the director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim, Hot Fuzz, Beowulf, The World's End). While his movies have been different than what I've seen, I have to say that he has been great at making movies that are different. I thought his movies are about the struggle of finding out what you truly love in life, and I thought the most recent film I saw from him was The World's End. In the title of the movie, it states that it is about finding out what you truly love, but it's actually about finding out what is truly important in your life. I felt this movie was a lot different than what I expected, and it was very inspirational. The movie is based on how a small group of friends decide to make a movie about their life and the way they dealt with their biggest challenge. The movie isn't just about finding out what you love, it's about how you find out what is important in your life. The movie is filled with lots of funny scenes, but it is very inspiring and has a great message about perseverance. I really liked the fact that the movie is filled with so many different parts, and they all connect together very well. Overall, I loved this movie, it was good, and I recommend it to all of my friends!

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It was easy to overlook this movie as a chick flick, when the subject matter didn't appear to be for women. It's hard to describe the feeling, when you watch an 'action' movie where women are not the primary characters. You think that your friends, family, girlfriend, husband, sister, girlfriend or husband are the main characters in this film, and you wonder if they will be there to witness what you've done to them. And you wonder why the movie is called "The Best of Enemies". The truth is, most of the reviewers of this film have never worked in the entertainment industry. They just watched this movie, and got sucked into its shadow. If you are one of these people, go and check this out. You might be surprised.

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This is one of those historical movies that happens to have a lot of great stories that are related and are just as intriguing as the great events that were happening. It's a very entertaining movie. It really shows the truth of things and shows that these things were very much the same. The amazing thing is that it really focuses on the same events, but it's just as good a film. It's just very entertaining and I can't wait to see it again. It's a great movie.

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Robert G.

The film is one of the rare wartime films to be successful at the box office. The film was based on a true story, and it's based on real life events that occurred in World War II. The film portrays the brutal treatment of prisoners during the war. This movie was very well done. I really enjoyed this movie, and the audience gave a standing ovation when they left the theater. The best part about the film is that I knew the character of Napoleon -that was the point of the film. I would recommend this movie to anyone who has never seen a war film before, because this is one of the best war films ever made.

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Terry Jimenez

As the history of the U.S. goes, it's fascinating to find that a country can exist as a nation as long as it contains not one but two heroes: George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The movie portrays both men in one single scene - Washington in the Old West and Lee in the Civil War. From there, the movie goes back and forth between the two, occasionally focusing on each time in the war, and sometimes focusing on the other. It's interesting to see how both men were treated in the same picture, and how much of the story's focus was on the question of whether or not they were heroes or not. It was fascinating to see how little time each man had to be treated. The movie never focuses on his treatment, and the movie doesn't need to. It's just an interesting story that keeps going and going back to his treatment. He was treated like a freak and treated like a freak, which I think is very important to remember. Robert E. Lee - the man who didn't want to become a part of the Union, who actually wanted to be able to do his own thing, who was a private in the Confederate army and commanded the only army of its kind in America - he was a coward who was trying to survive, and he was a great hero, but at the end of the day, he did what he had to do, and he did it well. If you're watching this movie, keep in mind that a lot of the fighting in the movie was fought by Robert E. Lee and his small, brutal, small army. It was a fraction of the strength of his army. The movie is about the violence of war and how soldiers were treated by their commanders. It's really about the brutality of war. If you're watching this movie, keep in mind that this is the brutality of war, and it was something the U.S. soldiers were forced to endure, and it was something that was the cause of the Civil War. It's also about the history of the Civil War, and it's about the consequences of war, and what happens to the men who served in it. I think that's an important point to learn. It's interesting to learn that Lee, the man who fought for the Confederacy, was actually a Southern gentleman who wanted to be a part of the Union, and that the major reason he wanted to do that was because he thought that the Civil War would save his country. The movie is about this man's treatment of his men, and the differences between his treatment of the Union soldiers and the treatment of his own soldiers. It's very interesting to see how they treat one another. I think that's very important, because it helps you appreciate the good and the bad that was the Civil War. There were good and bad in this war, and it affected a lot of people. It was a very intense time for a lot of people, and it's very interesting to see how it affected one man. It's also very interesting

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This is one of my favorite movies of all time. All I can say is "It's a Story of Friendship". No matter what the circumstances, this movie is always moving. Anyone who loves World War II movie will enjoy this film. Even if you don't care for World War II, you must see this movie for it's powerful history. To me, the opening scene of the movie is the best part of the entire movie. I can't get enough of it. If you can, buy this movie as soon as possible.

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Dylan H.

It was like what i expected but with different personalities. Anthony Hopkins was also great in this movie. Definitely the best performance of the year. I also liked James Franco in this movie and he also acted very good. After the movie I thought if this movie is going to be good or not. Well it was really good. I think this movie is underrated in Hollywood because of it's cheapness and that's why I think most of the critics didn't like it. But it's definitely worth to watch.

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Wayne G.

This is a drama of a group of Americans in WWI, their efforts to help Jewish refugees of the German military during the last days of the war. It's a real eye-opener, with a very good soundtrack, with wonderful acting from the entire cast. This is a very emotional movie, so don't miss this one. It's great entertainment.

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First of all, I am sorry to say that it is not a movie of historical value, but in any event it is very well made. It is based on a true story and I am not a historian but I think that this movie is a good one and I think that it does its job in bringing us a glimpse of the worst days of World War 2. I am also sorry to say that this movie was made to be a movie about a good man, a great artist and a great human being. The actors are perfect in their respective roles and their performances are very realistic. The story is superb and it is worth your attention. You will not find a better film from the past that was made so quickly and to make money. I have read about a long time that this is the only movie made about the Holocaust and I think that it is the most perfect movie I have ever seen and I was very happy that I saw it. A movie of the first order is always the best.

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A movie that gets the true story of The Rosenbergs and the bombing of the Boston Marathon to tell a fascinating story.The movie itself is really good and entertaining.

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The first two episodes of this series were so good and interesting that I have now seen all of the preceding installments. This latest installment is especially engaging, because it is able to resolve the events of the previous episodes in a way that is still credible and compelling. So here we have the White House portrait of Mr. Lincoln, and the young man who painted the portrait is the actor who played him in the previous episodes. As usual, some of the footage is somewhat edited out of the episode, but the actors appear to have been on set and it is apparent that the actors got the general gist of the movie in the past. Now that is an important part of the film. It is a great accomplishment that this movie was able to completely move the viewer to the portrait and back again. One other film that was capable of that was The Muppet Movie. There are a few minor changes to the film, and they can be seen in the print available on my Web site, but all in all it is the same movie and everyone should be able to catch it. The remaining episodes are also worth watching, even if some of them are a little weak or slow. I recommend this movie to people of all ages. If the next installment of this series is as good as this one, I would think that it will be one of the best movies ever made.

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Virginia F.

I have to admit, I am not a World War II vet, and I had no idea how true-to-life this movie would be until I watched it on cable TV. I am very happy I saw it, and think it was very well done. I am also a member of the LDS Church, and I had a great deal of difficulty, and I believe it was to do with the Mormons in the movie, who make the movie seem very anti-Mormon. I read the book, and I did not find it to be anti-Mormon, so I felt that the critics were completely wrong. It was an interesting movie that made me think about my family and the events that took place. I liked the book better, but I enjoyed the movie, and I do not see why it did not get the recognition that it did. I am not LDS, and do not think that Mormons are all anti-Mormons, but I do think that there is a difference between Mormons and other Christians. It is a movie about a war and many things that happened. I did not think that it was anti-Mormon in any way, but I can see how someone could say that this movie was anti-Mormon. If you are LDS, and not familiar with the story of the Mormons in the movie, then you might be turned off by the fact that a church, which teaches to love and give to others, actually forces members to give money to their church in order to keep their position. I hope that the Church will not force Mormons to give money, but it is a church, and it is no different than any other church. I think that the critics are completely wrong, and it is certainly a movie that has taught me a great deal about the events that took place in World War II.