Black Like Me

Overview

Black Like Me is the true story of white journalist John Howard Griffin, who "became" a Negro in the late 1950s. Feeling that the best way to understand what it was like to be black in a segregated south was to experience the feeling first-hand, Griffin James Whitmore undergoes extensive-and sometimes painful-skin pigmentation treatments. Though he tends to look more like Al Jolson or Eddie Cantor rather than African American, Whitmore does a creditable job playing a proud man forced into subservience by an ...
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Overview

Black Like Me is the true story of white journalist John Howard Griffin, who "became" a Negro in the late 1950s. Feeling that the best way to understand what it was like to be black in a segregated south was to experience the feeling first-hand, Griffin James Whitmore undergoes extensive-and sometimes painful-skin pigmentation treatments. Though he tends to look more like Al Jolson or Eddie Cantor rather than African American, Whitmore does a creditable job playing a proud man forced into subservience by an unfeeling white society. Unfortunately, the film falls prey to stylistic affectations, notably an overabundance of confusing flashbacks. Though dating and occasionally patronizing, Black Like Me is still a worthwhile effort.
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Special Features

Closed-Caption; Bonus Disc - Uncommon Vision: The Life And Times Of John Howard Griffin (60 Min); An Excerpt From Reluctant Activist - The Authorized Biography Of John Howard Griffin, By Robert Bonazzi; Original Trailers
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2012
  • UPC: 778854191891
  • Original Release: 1964
  • Source: Video Service Corp
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,902

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Whitmore John Finley Horton
Sorrell Booke Dr.Jackson
Al Freeman Jr. Tom Newcomb
Roscoe Lee Browne Christopher
Clifton James Eli Carr
Dan Priest Bus Driver
Walter Mason Mason
John Marriott Hodges
Lenka Peterson Lucy Horton
Richard Ward Burt Wilson
Llewellyn B. Skinner Stretch
Will Geer
Raymond St. Jacques
Technical Credits
Carl Lerner Director, Screenwriter
Lora Hayes Editor
Meyer Kupferman Score Composer
Gera Lerner Screenwriter
Victor Lukens Cinematographer
Henry Mueller II Cinematographer
Jules Tannebaum Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black Like Me
1. Opening Titles [2:23]
2. Welcome To The South [8:13]
3. Back To The Beginning [4:17]
4. Lessons In Black [20:30]
5. The Pavement [21:05]
6. On The Town [6:53]
7. Tested [11:41]
8. People And Attitudes [18:57]
9. Freedom Fighters [5:28]
10. Revelations [6:37]
11. Going Home [1:33]
12. Chapter 12 [:01]
Disc #2 -- Uncommon Vision: The Life And Times Of John Howard Griffin
1. Texas To Tours [12:55]
2. Blind Faith [11:49]
3. The Eyes Have It [12:17]
4. Black Like Me [9:52]
5. An Uncommon Life [11:19]
6. Chapter 6 [:01]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Black Like Me
   Play Feature
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailers
         Crossing The Line
         Democratic Love
         Hunted
         Lobby Cards
         Play All
   Setup
      Setup Audio
         Stereo
         5.1 Surround
      Aspect Ratio
         4x3 Original
         16x9 Widescreen
Disc #2 -- Uncommon Vision: The Life And Times Of John Howard Griffin
   Play
   Chapters
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