The Best of Enemies

The Best of Enemies - The GBY

Robin Bissell has been a producer in Hollywood for quite some time.  While working on Pleasantville and Seabiscuit he developed a friendship with Tobey Maguire.   The Best of Enemies, an emotional and evocative film is Bissell’s directorial debut brought to fruition by Material Pictures, Maguire’s production company.

Taraji P. Henson (What Men Want) plays Ann Atwater, a local activist, with fierce determination and compassion.  She is almost unrecognizable in this role, but her personality shines through.  Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri) is C. P. Ellis, the Exalted Cyclops of the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, is quite similar to his Oscar winning role.  Obviously, these two don’t have much in common on the surface.  They are brought together to co-chair a charrette, who’s final determinations will become law.   It is very disturbing to see how openly the Klan operated in 1971.  This story may seem familiar but that is because we are all affected and changed by every encounter we have, sometimes significantly.

Wes Bentley, Babou Ceesay, Nicholas Logan (Instant Family), Bruce McGill, and especially Anne Heche fill out the cast beautifully.

You should see this film in theaters before it is lost in the melee of Avengers: End Game hits the screen.

Our Rating for The Best of Enemies:

4 Cupcakes - The GBY

Official Trailer for The Best of Enemies:

Official Synopsis The Best of Enemies:

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.

The Best of Enemies Q & A:


Principle Cast Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Wes Bentley, Babou Ceesay, Nicholas Logan, Anne Heche, Bruce McGill
Director Robin Bissell
Screenwriter Robin Bissell, based on the book by Osha Gray Davidson
Cinematographer David Lanzenberg
Editor Harry Yoon
 Production Companies Astute Films, Material Pictures
Run Time 133 minutes
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Premier April 5, 2019

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