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Soul Man (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 24 October 1986 (USA)
To achieve his dream of attending Harvard, a pampered teen poses as a young black man to receive a full scholarship.

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Sarah Walker
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Gordon Bloomfeld
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Professor Banks
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Whitney Dunbar
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Mr. Dunbar
Ann Walker ...
Mrs. Dunbar
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Bill Watson (as James B. Sikking)
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Dr. Aronson
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Ray McGrady
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Mrs. Dorothy Watson (as Marie Cheatham)
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Barky Brewer (as Wally Ward)
Eric Schiff ...
Booey Fraser
Ron Reagan ...
Frank
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Mark doesn't expect any problems in going to college: he and his friend have reserved places in Harvard and his parents have the money to pay for his education there. But suddenly his father's neurotic psychiatrist advises him to go on vacation in Hawaii instead of spending more money on his son. Since Mark wants to keep his lifestyle, including a fancy car and a flat shared with his friend, he seeks financial support. The only foundation which still accepts applications is for blacks only -- no problem, with lots of bronzing pills and "soul in his voice" he sets out to Harvard. Soon he has to realize that being black will cause some people to handle him differently. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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He didn't give up. He got down. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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24 October 1986 (USA)  »

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The Imposter  »

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$27,820,000 (USA)
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Four years after this film was released, Harvard Law School elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review - Barack Obama. See more »

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About fifteen minutes into the picture, Mark and Gordon are seen traveling up Mass. Ave. in Cambridge, adjacent to the Harvard campus, and suddenly, they're not on Mass. Ave. anymore, they're on Quincy St., a couple blocks away. Then, just as suddenly, they're right back on Mass Ave., again proceeding through Harvard Square, just as they were before. See more »

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Mark Watson: What's happening, brother? Get down, get down. Looking good, mamma, looking good. Well, I gots to be going now!
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Referenced in How I Met Your Mother: The Naked Truth (2011) See more »

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Love and Affection
By Joan Armatrading
Performed by Martha Davis & Sly Stone
Martha Davis Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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On the level of John Hughes comedies!
10 April 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I remember watching Soul Man about twelve years ago when it was first aired on TV. Crazy, hilarious, sarcastic, emotional; what the hell I could go on forever describing this film.

This is the only film besides "The Outsiders" that C. Thomas Howell played a dual role of himself and a black student impersona. Okay I can agree with some comments that movie began to over step it's bounderies with the way African American culture was dealt with, but at the smae time I felt that it was stabalized with the humour adding that extra touch rather than people taking it more "Politically correct" way.

James Earl Jones and Rae Dawn Chong both did fabulous jobs as there acting really help give their characters' some edge that made it somewhat convincing.

Overall a brilliant film. If you can try to avoid the fact that it might be cliched of dealing with racial differences in a light hearted manner. Remember this is a comedy and not something to take "SERIOUSLY".

Another quality film from the 80's to add to the hitlist.


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