Sipes vs. McGhee civil rights case is basis for USA pic

Linda Hamilton and Lynn Whitfield have been cast in Studio USA Pictures’ and the Lee Rose telefilm “The Color of Courage,” an event movie for USA Network. Pic is skedded to begin shooting June 3 in Vancouver for an early 1999 air date.

Based on a true story of the landmark civil rights case Sipes vs. McGhee, pic chronicles the friendship between a white woman and a black woman whose family, the McGhees, has moved into a previously all-white neighborhood. The granddaughter of the McGhees, Kathleen McGhee-Anderson, wrote the script.

Lee Rose is exec producing and will make her television directorial debut on the pic. Also starring in “The Color of Courage” are Bruce Greenwood, Roger Guenveur Smith and David Andrews. Terence Blanchard will serve as composer for the film.

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