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Chameleon Street

Wendell B. Harris wrote, directed, and stars in Chameleon Street, a sly comedy based loosely on the real-life exploits of conman William Douglas Street, who demonstrates a gift for becoming what people want him to be. The film opens with Street (Harris) being interviewed by a prison psychiatrist. In this scene, he expresses what is basically his mantra, "I think, therefore I scam." The film then flashes back to Street's earlier days, living with his parents, and working for his taciturn father installing burglar alarms. Street eventually marries a beautiful, intelligent woman, Gabrielle (Angela Leslie), who sends him off each day with the same message -- "Make some money." Overcome by boredom and desperate for cash, Street concocts a shakedown scheme that completely backfires when his accomplice, Curtis (Anthony Ennis), signs Street's name to the extortion note, and sends it to the local papers. Ironically, no charges are pressed, and the scam turns Street, briefly, into a media darling. He finds he enjoys the spotlight. Gabrielle is less pleased. Street next tries to pass himself off as a writer from Time Magazine in order to interview a women's basketball player (Paula McGee, who plays herself). "She had the four 'B's," he exults, "Black, Beauty, Brains, and Basketball." As his relationship with his now pregnant wife disintegrates, Street engages in his most ambitious scheme yet -- posing as an Harvard-educated intern at a local hospital. Everything is going smoothly until he's called upon to perform a hysterectomy. Harris' low-budget film won the grand prize at the Sundance Film Festival, but only received limited theatrical distribution. Harris disappeared from national view until his memorable supporting role in Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight in 1998. He also had a small part in the 2000 teen comedy Road Trip.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/18/2007
UPC: 0014381299922
Original Release: 1989
Rating: R
Source: Homevision
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:34:00

Special Features

Liner notes; White/Reiter on film; Colette vignette; The process; You know leadbelly?; Chameleon street trailer; Arbiter roswell trailer; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wendell B. Harris William Douglas Street
Angela Leslie Gabrielle
Amina Fakir Tatiana
Paula McGee Herself
Anthony Ennis Curtis
Daven Kiley Actor
Dave Barber Himself
Alfred Bruce Bradley Smooth
Mano Breckenridge Neelish Ratnayaka
Anita Gordon Darlene Street
Colette Haywood Melissa
Gary Irwin Dr. Hardy
Richard Kiley Dr. Hand
Dan Lawton Aldo "Jerry Lewis" Falco
Dimitri Muganias Robespiere
Henry Watkins Eugene Raymond
Coleman Young Himself
Bryan McCree Actor
Lynette Mance Actor
Peppy Rosenthal Actor
Michael Barron Actor
Jacky King Actor
Dora King Actor

Technical Credits
Wendell B. Harris Director,Screenwriter
Tim Alvaro Art Director
Wendell B. Harris Associate Producer
Helen B. Harris Executive Producer
Dale Janni Production Manager
Dan Lawton Producer
Peter S. Moore Score Composer
Daniel S. Noga Cinematographer
Phil Spradlin Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chameleon Street
1. Gielgud Says Now [8:12]
2. At the Trio [5:47]
3. Street Meets the Press [7:09]
4. I Can't Stand Stupid Men [11:27]
5. Passing Through Flesh [15:45]
6. French Party [12:48]
7. Masquerade Ball [9:11]
8. I Need More Boys [14:14]
9. I Could Play President [6:12]
10. End Credits [3:23]

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