White Man's Burden
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This drama, starring John Travolta and Harry Belafonte, offers a speculative view of the US in which African-Americans hold the bulk of the country's wealth and power while whites are the downtrodden underclass. It is set in the chocolate factory of Thaddeus Thomas. There Louis Pinnock works on the floor. One day he is told to deliver a few papers to Thomas's posh home. It is an immense estate and Pinnock gets lost in the great gardens; he ends up accidentally seeing Thomas' wife dressing in the window. Thomas sees the whole thing and becomes most uncomfortable. He sends word that… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"There isn't much of a story in White Man's Burden."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A wierd and ungainly mixture of obvious racial issues and pseudo-action material."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Manages to approach significant social issues, but falters in its melodrama."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Una sociedad en la que existe una raza dominante y una raza oprimida, casi como ahora, con la ligera diferencia de que ahora el racismo es al revés."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
"White Man's Burden spirals into tragedy but never into stirring drama. It stays stuck at the level of noble experiment."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"White Man's Burden was worth doing once, if it only to find out it isn't worth doing again."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Doesn't go too far beyond the basic set-up."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Just when Travolta got his groove back.."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The flaws in this film are many. The dialogue verges on silly when parodying cliches that white people use to denigrate blacks. And most of the acting is just inadequate."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"Watching this movie is like watching Godfrey Cambridge's racial switcheroo in 1970's Watermelon Man -- without the laughs."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"No one looking for an action movie is going to choose this one. Equally obviously, no one interested in a film about racial stereotyping in America wants to sit through chase scenes."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The racial message is crystal clear and the concept of turning the tables on oppression is rather interesting. Unfortunately, the movie is never focused or convincingly solid to realize the cynicism in its meandering material. At best, "Burden" is merely"
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"A look at color relations that's likely to be more compelling for nonurban audiences than the latest take on drug dealing and gang banging in the 'hood."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"A frustrating film with interesting ideas that never quite come together."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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