A Thin Line Between Love and Hate


Release Date 1996-04-05
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A Thin Line Between Love and Hate

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate is a 1996 American dark comedy-romance film that was directed and co-written by Martin Lawrence, who also stars in the film. Lawrence co-wrote the screenplay alongside Kenny Buford, who has also written for Lawrence's hit television sitcom, Martin. Along with Lawrence, the film features an ensemble cast of African-American actors that include Lynn Whitfield, Regina King, Bobby Brown and Della Reese. The film tells the story of Darnell Wright, a ladies' man who finds himself targeted by one of his obsessed lovers. A Thin Line Between Love and Hate was released in April 1996 and went on to gross over $30 million at the box office against a budget of $8 million. The film was shot on location entirely in the city of Los Angeles, California. The title for the film is taken from the 1971 song "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" by The Persuaders. R&B trio H-Town recorded a cover version of this song that was included on the film soundtrack. At the time of filming, Lawrence was 12 years younger than Lynn Whitfield, who was 42 at the time.

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Actors & Characters

Martin Lawrence Martin Lawrence Darnell Darnell
Lynn Whitfield Lynn Whitfield
Regina King Regina King Mia Mia
Malinda Williams Malinda Williams Erica Erica
Faizon Love Faizon Love
Wendy Raquel Robinson Wendy Raquel Robinson
Bobby Brown Bobby Brown
Daryl Mitchell Daryl Mitchell
Roger E. Mosley Roger E. Mosley
Della Reese Della Reese


Francis Kenny Cinematography
Martin Lawrence Director
Suzanne Broderick Producer
Martin Lawrence Producer
Doug McHenry Producer
George Jackson Producer
Martin Lawrence Writer