Black Like Me

Directed by Carl Lerner

Year: 1964
Running Time: 105
Color Type: B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Historical, Drama

Black Like Me

Cast
James Whitmore

Crew
Writer John Howard Griffin
Directed by Carl Lerner


In 1964, just as Washington was passing the Civil Rights Act, some of Hollywood's most passionate activists interpreted John Howard Griffin's brave chronicle Black Like Me for the screen, with James Whitmore starring as the writer, who, in 1959, medically altered his pigment and, with the help of a sunlamp, reinvented himself as an itinerant black writer navigating his way through the Jim Crow south. Whitmore's Griffin experiences firsthand both crushing racism and the incredible life force of the Afro-American community. The stellar cast includes Roscoe Lee Browne, Clifton James, Will Geer and media gadfly Heywood Hale Broun in a rare turn in front of the cameras. The film was fully restored from the negative for this release and includes a bonus disc containing Uncommon Vision. the biographical documentary of Griffin's truly remarkable life and times.

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