White Man's Burden

White Man's Burden Information

White Man's Burden is a 1995 dramatic film about racism in an alternative America where black and white Americans have reversed cultural roles.

The film revolves around Louis Pinnock, a white factory worker (John Travolta), who kidnaps Thaddeus Thomas, a black factory owner (Harry Belafonte) who fired him over a perceived slight.

The film was written and directed by Desmond Nakano.

Tagline: Two men at odds in a world turned upside down.


Louis Pinnock (John Travolta) is a struggling urban factory worker. In this alternative reality, it is a large underclass of white Americans who live in rundown, crime-infested ghettos and face prejudice from the broader society, while the comfortable middle and upper class is predominantly black.

In an effort to go above and beyond in his position (hoping to become a foreman soon), in the candy factory in which he works, Pinnock delivers a package for his boss, to successful (CEO) Thaddeus Thomas (Harry Belafonte). After Pinnock accidentally sees Thomas's wife coming out of the shower, he is subsequently fired, beaten up by the police and forced to watch his family evicted. In a radical quest for justice, Pinnock kidnaps Thomas, which forces the two men to bond, as well as argue over race relations and the roots of social inequality.


  • John Travolta as Louis Pinnock
  • Harry Belafonte as Thaddeus Thomas
  • Kelly Lynch as Marsha Pinnock
  • Margaret Avery as Megan Thomas
  • Tom Bower as Stanley
  • Andrew Lawrence as Donnie Pinnock
  • Bumper Robinson as Martin
  • Tom Wright as Lionel
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph as Roberta
  • Judith Drake as Dorothy
  • Robert Gossett as John
  • Wesley Thompson as Williams
  • Tom Nolan as Johansson
  • Willie C. Carpenter as Marcus
  • Michael Beach as a policeman


The movie gained a mixed to negative reception from movie critics.

The movie was not a box office success.

See also

  • The White Man's Burden
  • Fable (TV series)
  • Lion's Blood

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