The Color of Courage


2h 1999

Brief Synopsis

In 1944, Minnie and Mac McGhee, two light-skinned blacks, bring their family from Detroit's inner city to a nearby all-white neighborhood. When the residents find out that their community's covenant barring black families from living in their neighborhood has been broken, they hire legal counsel to

Film Details

Also Known As
Color of Courage, Sipes vs. McGhee
Release Date
1999
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

In 1944, Minnie and Mac McGhee, two light-skinned blacks, bring their family from Detroit's inner city to a nearby all-white neighborhood. When the residents find out that their community's covenant barring black families from living in their neighborhood has been broken, they hire legal counsel to try to force the new family to move out. Despite Minnie's pleading, Mac insists on staying in the community until they triumph in the lawsuit or are forced out of their home. Anna and Benjamin Sipes are the next-door neighbors to the McGhee family. As the newest white family on the block, the residents convince Benjamin to take the lead in the lawsuit. Anna finds herself constantly fighting with her husband and pointedly intensifies her friendship with Minnie. The NAACP provides legal support for the McGhees all the way to the US Supreme Court where a young Thurgood Marshall argues the case and wins, allowing the McGhees to keep their home.

Crew

Karie Adkens

Props Assistant

T J Amengol

Grip

Dorothy Amos

Costume Designer

Grace Anderson

Assistant

Paul Barry

Assistant Director

John Beatty

Foreman

Brent Bennett

Dresser

Terence Blanchard

Music

Brad Bowe

Transportation Captain

Dave Bowe

Transportation Coordinator

Fred Boyd

Gaffer

Susan Boyd

Hair Stylist

Shawn Brennan

Other

Garry Brook

Dolly Grip

Donald D Brown

Boom Operator

Bill Burd

Property Master

Steve Burger

Sound Effects

John Clothier

Camera Operator

Richard Coleman

Other

Peter Conway

Craft Service

Peter Conway

Other

Rosalina Da Silva

Makeup Artist

Rosalina Da Silva

Makeup

Fred Davies

Other

Roberta Doheny

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Rain Draper

Other

Robin Driscoll

Other

Edward Dunlop

Casting

Jim R Dunn

Stunt Coordinator

Sam Elsworth

Other

Todd Fairbairn

Other

Brendan Ferguson

Assistant

Nancy Ford

Art Director

Barbara Foster

Other

Greg Fox

Assistant Camera Operator

Brian Giddens

Assistant Director

Michael Gollom

Dialogue Editor

Alec L Gould

Accounting Assistant

Sandra Gould

Production Accountant

Peter Grace

Construction Coordinator

Lee Harris

Camera

Chris Helcermanas-benge

Photography

Charmaine Hendricks

Stand-In

Douglas Higgins

Production Designer

Maureen Hiscox

Costume Department

Steve Holland

Generator Operator

Alan Holly

Adr Mixer

Catherine Howard

Production Coordinator

Sherri Hunter

Assistant Set Decorator

Jenny Jarvis

Caterer

Lee Jeffery

Stand-In

Jane Kass

Assistant Editor

Patrick Kearns

On-Set Dresser

Karin Korchinski

Assistant Production Coordinator

Sid Kozak

Casting Director

B John Kuchera

Dolly Grip

Jon Lavender

Other

Dean Lavoie

Grip

Guy Leblanc

Other

Joseph Lederer

Photography

Eric Lemay

Best Boy

Cynthia Lewis

Other

Kathy Linder

Set Costumer

Laura Macias

Foley

Ron Macleay

Key Grip

Celeste Martell

Transportation

Curt Martell

Other

Rod Mawson

Assistant Camera Operator

Rachel Mcdonnell

Assistant

Michael Mcgee

Sound Mixer

Michael Mcghee

Sound

Kathleen Mcghee-anderson

Screenplay

Kathleen Mcghee-anderson

Coproducer

Thom Mcintyre

Hair Assistant

Jim Mckenna

Assistant Editor

Byron Mckim

Assistant Location Manager

Ron Mcleod

Coproducer

Ron Mcleod

Production Manager

Danny Mcwilliams

Location Manager

Sharon Michaels

Foley

Patty Morena

Sound Effects

Brenda Kyle Nedelec

Assistant Production Coordinator

Keith Noble

Other

Ginny Parrillo

Negative Cutting

James Ralph

Stand-In

Peter Reale

Sound

Peter Reale

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Chuck Reid

Best Boy

Lee Rose

Producer

Lee Rose

Executive Producer

Claude Savard

Camera Trainee

Lori Slomka

Music Editor

Tim Storvik

Special Effects Coordinator

Marie Tate

Extras Agent/Coordinator

A J Unger

Casting Associate

Abel Urbina

Assistant Location Manager

Eric Van Haren Noman

Director Of Photography

Wyley Viahovic

Driver

Suzy Wall

Assistant Director

Cristina Weigmann

Script Supervisor

Peter V White

Editor

Fiona Winning

Assistant Director

Kyle Wright

Sound Editor

Richard Wynyk

Security

Krista Young

Makeup Assistant

Film Details

Also Known As
Color of Courage, Sipes vs. McGhee
Release Date
1999
Location
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States February 10, 1999

Aired in United States October 19, 1999

Aired in United States October 1998

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (American Discoveries) October 8-18, 1998.

True story based on the Sipes vs. McGhee civil rights case, written by the original protagonist's granddaughter.

Previous title: "Sipes vs. McGhee."

Lee Rose makes her television directorial debut.

Began shooting June 3, 1998.