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.
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
Mark needs a scholarship to get into Harvard. There's one more available for a black student. The problem is Mark's not black... Yet.
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Did You Know?
C. Thomas Howell
had to wear colored contacts when his skin was toned to look black. His eyes are normally a goldish color and really stood out once his skin was darkened. See more
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
You've learned something I can't teach them. You've learned what it feels like to be black.
Beg your pardon?
I don't really know what it feels like sir. If I didn't like it, I could always get out. It's not the same sir.
You've learned a great deal more than I thought.
Referenced in Blood Massacre
Theme from Shaft
By Isaac Hayes
Performed by Isaac Hayes
Courtesy of Stax Records See more