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Black Like Me -- Based on the landmark memoir by John Howard Griffin, Black Like Me stars James Whitmore as Griffin, who medically altered his pigment and, with the help of a sunlamp, reinvented himself as an itinerant black writer navigating his way through Mississippi.

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20 May 1964 (USA) See more »
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"I changed the color of my skin... now I know what it feels like to be BLACK!"
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Based on the true story of a white reporter who, at the height of the civil-rights movement, temporarily darkened his skin so that he could experience the realities of a black man's life in the segregated South. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

James Whitmore ... John Finley Horton

Sorrell Booke ... Dr. Jackson

Roscoe Lee Browne ... Christopher

Al Freeman Jr. ... Thomas Newcomb

Will Geer ... Truckdriver
Robert Gerringer ... Ed Saunders

Clifton James ... Eli Carr
John Marriott ... Hodges
Thelma Oliver ... Georgie
Lenka Peterson ... Lucy Horton (as Lenka Petersen)
P. Jay Sidney ... Frank Newcomb (as P.J. Sidney)
Billie Allen ... Vertell
Alan Bergmann ... Charles Maynard
Stanley Brock ... Salesman

Heywood Hale Broun
Sarah Cunningham ... Mary Saunders

David Huddleston
Eva Jessye ... Mrs. Townsend
D'Urville Martin
Walter Mason ... Mason
Richard Ward ... Burt Wilson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matt Clark ... Mugger in alley
Ralph Dunn ... Priest
Fred Parrulli ... Man on Bus

Dan Priest ... Bus Driver

Denver Pyle ... Man in pick-up truck
Lew Skinner ... Stretch
Raymond St. Jacques ... Burial Insurance Salesman

Directed by
Carl Lerner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Green  uncredited
John Howard Griffin  book
Carl Lerner 
Gerda Lerner 

Produced by
Julius Tannenbaum .... producer
 
Original Music by
Meyer Kupferman 
 
Cinematography by
Victor Lukens 
Henry Mueller  (as Henry Mueller II)
 
Film Editing by
Lora Hays 
 
Casting by
Chuck Gordone 
 
Production Management
Tony LaMarca .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony LaMarca .... assistant director
Edward Wells .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alton D. Reed .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Sanford Rackow .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Meyer Kupferman .... conductor
 
Other crew
John G. Avildsen .... assistant to director (as John Avildsen)
Gladys Thomas .... community liaison
 

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105 min
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
This is not reverse racism..., 30 March 2007
Author: NorthernSoulDJ from United States

"Black Like Me" is a real story. It was written by a white man who dealt with the South in a time when this treatment towards black people took place. How can you call it reverse racism. You need to read the book to understand it better. It is written by a white man who went through this experience himself. His name is John Howard Griffin. He felt that it was needed to see the perspective of a black person and by doing so he made himself black. It was a rough time for black people during those years in the U.S., especially in the South. I think he did a great job writing the book and I like this movie a lot. It's hard to find, but I have it on DVD recorded from cable.

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