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Chameleon Street (1989)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  January 1990 (USA)
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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 ... 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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$235,011 (USA)
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Wendell B. Harris Jr. set many of the scenes from Chameleon Street in his native Flint, Michigan. In the scene in the van where a large skyscraper can be seen in the background, that is the Genesee Towers building on S. Saginaw Street in downtown Flint. See more »

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William Douglas Street: I'm a victim brother. I'm a victim of 400 years of conditioning. The man has programmed my conditioning. Even my conditioning has been conditioned!
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The BEST Independent Film
7 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Unfortunately, you will probably have a difficult time obtaining a viewing of this. The video store in my area known for having everything charges a couple hundred deposit for it.

Anyway, its a hilarious dark comedy with very sophisticated humor. By that I mean, if you were to not pay attention closely the humor would fly by and you wouldn't even notice. I wouldn't consider myself intellectually challenged, but I had to watch the beginning of this film three times before I understood what happened. The hero - Douglas Street - goes from a crap job to 15 minutes of fame by concocting a scheme involving a political figure. Ok, the scheme is so utterly stupid (funny as hell), yet this is where the picture evolves into the masterpiece it is.

I watched this initially on the Sundance Channel. I was shocked by how this could be an unknown sleeper still. Its weird and right up there with the likes of Clockwork Orange. If you couldn't laugh at that, doubtful you will laugh at this.

JM


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