MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,524 this week

Chameleon Street (1989)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  January 1990 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 315 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 11 critic

William Douglas Street is bored with his life. Working for his father is getting to him, his wife wants more money, and he's had enough. His solution is to re-invent himself. He becomes a ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Venice Film Festival

See the latest from the 2014 Venice Film Festival


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 04 Jun 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 05 Dec 2012
 
a list of 315 titles
created 14 Jan 2013
 
a list of 100 titles
created 22 Mar 2013
 
a list of 564 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Chameleon Street (1989)

Chameleon Street (1989) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Chameleon Street.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Talk Radio (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.

Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Eric Bogosian, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After an encounter with a neck-biter, a publishing executive thinks that he's turning into a vampire.

Director: Robert Bierman
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Maria Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to speak or walk, and bearing a strange note;... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world, and In a desperate attempt to search for other's he finds only two who have their own agenda .

Director: Geoff Murphy
Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Pete Smith
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy T. Murakami
Stars: Peggy Ashcroft, John Mills, Robin Houston
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Over 16 hours, in February, 1987, a man confronts jealously and rage as a love affair falters. Photojournalist Mel Hurley returns home to San Francisco on the eve of his birthday, expecting... See full summary »

Director: Rob Nilsson
Stars: Rob Nilsson, Consuela Faust, Don Bajema
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This darkly humorous film explores the personal psychic landscape of two lonely New Yorkers. Jackie and Michael are coworkers at a large law firm, who decide to meet at Jackie's for dinner ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Noonan
Stars: Tom Noonan, Karen Sillas
Poachers (1975)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: José Luis Borau
Stars: Lola Gaos, Ovidi Montllor, Alicia Sánchez
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two African-Americans and two Puerto-Ricans (though one pretends to be Italian) go out on the town on a Friday night. They will be forced to get to know each other, and even worst, learn to... See full summary »

Director: Joseph B. Vasquez
Stars: Doug E. Doug, Mario Joyner, John Leguizamo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Lodge Kerrigan
Stars: Géraldine Pailhas, Pascal Greggory, Magali Woch
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Wendell B. Harris Jr. ...
William Douglas Street
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Alvaro ...
Brian
Dave Barber ...
Himself
...
Marti
Alfred Bruce Bradley ...
Smooth
Mano Breckenridge ...
Neelish Ratnayaka
Anthony Ennis ...
Curtis
Amina Fakir ...
Tatiana
Maurice Givens ...
Cool (these are my brother's clothes)
Anita Gordon ...
Darlene Street
Gary Irwin ...
Dr. Hardy
Davon Kiley ...
Dr. Hand
Dan Lawton ...
Aldo 'Jerry Lewis' Falco
Angela Leslie ...
Gabrielle
Paula McGee ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

William Douglas Street is bored with his life. Working for his father is getting to him, his wife wants more money, and he's had enough. His solution is to re-invent himself. He becomes a chameleon, taking on whatever role suits the situation. From reporter to doctor to lawyer, he impersonates anyone he sees a need for and he can earn money being. The movie is based on the real people, William Douglas Street, Jr., and Erik Dupin. Written by Brian D. Switzer <bswitzer@uoguelph.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Mil Faces de Street  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$235,011 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dave Barber, a legendary radio talk show host based in Flint, Michigan, Wendell B. Harris Jr.'s hometown, plays "himself" as the TV talk show host. Barber has announced (2006) that is moving out of Flint to Rhode Island. See more »

Quotes

William Douglas Street: It amazes me that whites avidly seek after all the accoutrements of black style. You pickle your bodies in gallons of tanning lotion, you broil your pale flesh brown in the tanning spas at great expense and all the while maintaining such a marvelous contempt for black people. You wily Caucasians.
See more »

Connections

Features Beauty and the Beast (1946) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Excellent...Not a simple comedy
14 November 2001 | by (Tucson) – See all my reviews

A biting satire based on true stories of separate con-artists that tried to pull various scams, including blackmail and impersonating a reporter, surgeon, lawyer and others. Not a simple comedy so much as a deep look into how different races, social classes and ways of making a living are taken for granted. A true "independent" film, not because of its small budget or Wendell Harris's role as writer-director-star, but from its story and style taking chances. Even after winning best film at Sundance (before it was the super-popular fest it is now), no distributor would pick it up, apparently scared by the film's content. The only offer was to remake the film with "Fresh Prince" Will Smith, effectively putting a happy face on it. Appalled at that idea, Harris held out and STREET finally made an all-too-limited release in theaters and later on home video. Highly recommended.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Let's collect info on what happened to this flick. gdedeugd
What happened to the director? elsparks
back on the big screen! shawnchittle
Wendell B. Harris Jr. discusses CHAMELEON STREET in Austin, TX Popkoff
Screening in London simonheartfield7
This underrated film should be praised and studied as much as.... Quan-Young
Discuss Chameleon Street (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?