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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is a 2013 American drama film directed by George Tillman, Jr. and written by Michael Starrbury. The film stars Anthony Mackie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Jeffrey Wright. Coming of age story about two inner-city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities. Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon star in the title roles as Mister and Pete, respectively.

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Release Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by George Tillman, Jr.
Produced by George Tillman, Jr.
Jana Edelbaum
Rachel Cohen
Robert Teitel
Written by Michael Starrbury
Starring Skylan Brooks
Ethan Dizon
Anthony Mackie
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Jennifer Hudson
Jordin Sparks
Jeffrey Wright
Music by Alicia Keys
Mark Isham
Cinematography Reed Morano
Edited by Jamie Kirkpatrick
Venture Forth
Floren Shieh Productions
iDeal Partners Film Fund
State Street Pictures
Unified Pictures
Distributed by CodeBlack Entertainment
Lionsgate Entertainment
Release date
  • October 11, 2013 (2013-10-11)
Running time
120 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,000,000[2]
Box office $494,608[3]



During a sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister’s (Skylan Brooks) hard-living mother (Hudson) is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete (Dizon) alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. Faced with more than any child can be expected to bear, the resourceful Mister nevertheless feels he is an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles. But what really keeps the pair in the survival game is much more Mister’s vulnerability than his larger-than-life attitude. Plus he and Pete have to figure out how to do all of this without money, and it is not known that Pete was very smart throughout all of this.



In July 2012 Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks joined the cast.[4] In May 2013 CodeBlack Entertainment acquired the US rights for the distribution of the film.[5]


On August 1, 2013 Lionsgate announced the limited release date October 11, 2013 for the film.[6]


Box officeEdit

In its opening weekend, the film opened in 147 theaters in the United States and Canada and grossed $254,279, ranking #24 at the box office.[7] Mister & Pete was in release for 3 weeks and has grossed $494,608 domestically.[3]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 90% approval rating with an average rating of 6.9/10 based on 30 reviews.[8]


Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2014 Young Artist Award Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film Skylan Brooks Nominated [9]


  1. ^ IMDB
  2. ^ "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete screening at Montclair Film Festival". Planet Chocko. May 6, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (2013)". Box Office Mojo. October 31, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks in Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete". Digital spy. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lionsgate's Codeblack Films Acquires Sundance Pic 'The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete'". Deadline. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "'The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete' Sets October 11 Release". Deadline. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for October 11-13, 2013". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "35th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 

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