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Black and White Details


The inner workings of the New York hip-hop scene, and the fascination of white observers with rap music and hip-hop culture, set the stage for this drama written and directed by James Toback. Rich Bower (Power) is a mover and shaker in the world of rap music (he's involved with a number of other licit and illicit business ventures as well), and his apartment is a favored meeting place for musicians, hangers-on, and hipsters who want to seem cool, including a clique of white kids who want to be on the inside of whey they consider the coolest scene of the day. Sam (Brooke Shields), a filmmaker, is making a documentary about Rich and his circle, with the help of her husband Terry (Robert Downey Jr.), a closeted homosexual who doesn't feel at home in this milieu. Dean (Allan Houston) is a talented college basketball player and Rich's friend since childhood who is offered a deal by a bookmaker, Mark (Ben Stiller) to throw a few games for a price. Dean takes the money against his better judgment, and he soon realizes how much of a mistake he made when Mark turns out to be a cop hoping to dig up dirt on Rich. Rich in turn discovers that Dean might be forced to tell what he knows to stay out of jail, and he decides that Dean has to be killed; however, rather than murder his friend himself, Rich asks one of the white kids who hangs out with him, who seems especially eager to prove himself, to do it for him. The kid, however, is actually the son of the District Attorney. Also contributing to Black and White's supporting cast are controversial boxing legend Mike Tyson, musician Bijou Phillips, Wu Tang Clan rapper Raekwon, model Claudia Schiffer, and Donald Trump's former spouse Marla Maples. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 4, 1999


Scott Caan
as Scotty
Robert Downey, Jr.
as Terry
Stacy Edwards
as Sheila King
Allan Houston
as Dean
Gaby Hoffmann
as Raven
Kidada Jones
as Jesse
Jared Leto
as Casey
Marla Maples
as Muffy
Joe Pantoliano
as Bill King
Bijou Phillips
as Charlie
as Cigar
Claudia Schiffer
as Greta
William Lee Scott
as Will King
Brooke Shields
as Sam
Ben Stiller
as Mark Clear
Eddie Kaye Thomas
as Marty King
James Toback
as Arnie Tishman
Mike Tyson
as himself
Elijah Wood
as Wren
Kim Matulova
as Kim
Ron Silver
Gina Gershon
Rory Cochrane


James Toback
Michael Mailer
Daniel Bigel
Ron Rotholz
James Toback
David Ferrara
Anne Ross
Production Designer
Associate Producer
Alinur Velidedeoglu
Associate Producer
Hooman Majd
Executive Producer
Mark Burg
Executive Producer
Edward R. Pressman
Executive Producer
Oren Koules
Executive Producer
Jacki Roach
Costume Designer
Antonio L. Arroyo
Sound/Sound Designer
Vince Maggio
First Assistant Director
Louis Di Giaimo
Stephanie Corsalini
Jennifer Roth
Line Producer