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Cast overview, first billed only:
Devon Terrell ... Barry
Anya Taylor-Joy ... Charlotte
Jason Mitchell ... PJ
Ellar Coltrane ... Will
Jenna Elfman ... Kathy Baughman
Linus Roache ... Bill Baughman
Avi Nash ... Saleem
John Benjamin Hickey ... Professor Gray
Ashley Judd ... Ann Dunham
Sawyer Pierce Sawyer Pierce ... Thad
Eric Berryman Eric Berryman ... Ali
Ralph Rodriguez ... Andre
Danny Henriquez Danny Henriquez ... Milton
Tessa Albertson ... Tina
Tommy Nelson ... Buzz


A look at the early life of Barack Obama. Before he became President of the United States, he was one of the few black students at Columbia University NY in the early 80's. Faced with judgmental and racist opinions all around him, he tries to find his place in the world.

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Before he was Barack, he was...


Biography | Drama


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English | Swahili

Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Барри See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The nick-name of Barack Obama (Devon Terrell) in his earlier years was "Barry" which is this movie's title. See more »


Barry is seen wearing a Casio F91W watch throughout the movie. The movie is set in the early 1980's, but that model watch wasn't released until 1991. See more »


Barry: They're uh, different races. I'm guessing that's what Kathy meant.
James Boggs: Ah, I see
Barry: My mom's from Kansas, and my dad's from Kenya. I've only met him once though. I grew up in Jakarta and Honolulu, and spent a little time in California, then well, I ended up here.
James Boggs: That's some kind of gumbo.
James Boggs: You know what that makes you young brother?
Barry: No sir, I don't. I uh really really don't.
James Boggs: It makes you American. And you don't ever have to choose.
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Don't You Try to Stop Me
Written by Mc Evoy
Performed by LIzzy Mercier Descloux
Courtesy of Light In the Attic Records & Distribution, LLC
Under license from ZE Records
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Why make things up
8 January 2017 | by imdb-38751See all my reviews

I wonder who felt compelled to change the the facts: 1- Ann Dunham was 18 when she had Barak. Why have her say she was 19? 2- Obama Sr got a masters at Harvard. Why have Barry say it was a PhD?

3- no comment how he got from Occidental to Columbia?

4- in the eighties I was pulled over in my own town because my car was covered in salt from driving on the highway in the winter. As I'm not black I couldn't claim racism was his reason for pulling me over. But I did appreciate the police looking into any suspicious vehicles.

Nothing in this movie explains 20 years with Jeremiah Wright, how Barack met Michelle, or any of the other missing pieces of information from Barak's past.

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