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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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$27,820,000 (USA)
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In the scene where Mark first approaches Gordon as a black man, Gordon was originally supposed to believe Mark was going to mug him. An entire scene was filmed in which Mark played along with it and made Gordon sing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot". It was taken out because it was thought, that although funny when filmed, it was inappropriate and racist. 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 »

Quotes

Gordon Bloomfeld: Objection!
Professor Banks: To what?
Gordon Bloomfeld: Quite frankly, to your tone of voice.
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Referenced in Scenes from a Gay Marriage (2012) See more »

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Soul Man
By Isaac Hayes & David Porter
Performed by Sam Moore & Lou Reed
Lou Reed Courtesy of RCA Records
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Taking serious, turning it funny
14 June 2014 | by (Oakland, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

This movie gets a bad rap but it's actually quite interesting in its portrayal stereotypes and racism. It's sad that it was made because there shouldn't be such stereotypes and racism in society. But the movie goes about having a laugh with it all while still showing the ignorance in people. C. Thomas Howell used to be able to act back then and he does a great job. There is fine acting all around particularly from James Earl Jones and Rae Dawn Chong. On the unfortunate side, Leslie Nielson was terribly underused and so out of character as a racist piece of crap. In the end, right prevails over wrong, we have a few laughs, and ponder the idiocy of racism.

6.1 / 10 stars

--Zoooma, a Kat Pirate Screener


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