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Chameleon Street (1989)

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 »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Wendell B. Harris Jr. ...
William Douglas Street
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Alvaro ...
Brian
Dave Barber ...
Himself
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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
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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>

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16 May 1991 (Germany)  »

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As Mil Faces de Street  »

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$235,011 (USA)
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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.
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References Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976) See more »

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Mercurial nature of distribution
14 March 2005 | by (Norfolk, VA) – See all my reviews

It's a shame this film didn't get more notice and better distribution at the time it was released, in spite of being championed by indie fave Steven Sorderbergh. I've been waiting for another directorial effort from Wendell B. Harris, but nothing appears to be forthcoming. That's unfortunate but indicative of the realities of contemporary Hollywood, where talented black performers are given short shrift in favor of the bottom line. This usually means that the project that gets made is based on the name recognition of the rising black star who's attached and where they are on the pop music charts.

Even though the film itself suffered a bit on the production value end because of its low budget, the story was original and Mr. Harris' portrayal of the identity shifting protagonist was exhilarating for its boldness. The idea of person of color who unapologetically subverts "the system" is daring in and of itself. The fact that it was done with style and a good bit of humor was both refreshing and encouraging. It says that there are statements to be made through the medium of film without being overtly confrontational or dogmatic.


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