CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984–1996)
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Two black teenagers are sent through time to experience how blacks were treated during the civil rights movement.


Helaine Head




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Mariah Johnston
Phill Lewis ... Justin Cook
Allison Dean ... Kerry Cook
CCH Pounder ... Renee Cook
Thalmus Rasulala ... Marshall Cook
William Allen Young ... Rev. James Jordan
Geoffrey Blake ... Dexter Lee Smith
Guy Boyd ... Russell Crew
Gloria Carlin Gloria Carlin ... Frances Taylor
Kenneth Edwards Kenneth Edwards ... Clyde Waller
Dominic Hoffman ... Donny Hall
Charles Stransky ... Alfred Wainwright
Anthony Grumbach Anthony Grumbach ... White Boy
Laurnea Wilkerson Laurnea Wilkerson ... Brianne Solomons
Dorothy Sinclair Dorothy Sinclair ... White Woman


Two black teenagers are sent through time to experience how blacks were treated during the civil rights movement.

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Unforgettable Experience
3 January 2009 | by mkillentvSee all my reviews

I was pleased to be the Associate Producer on this, my third CBS Schoolbreak special with Helios Productions. Having the opportunity to work with the amazing Whoopi Goldberg on this film was a thrill and the whole cast and crew gave their all to pull this period piece off on the slim budget CBS provided.

Set in the early 1960's in the south, the story of a group of young African Americans who stage a sit in at a drugstore lunch counter was intense and all of us were dedicated to getting it right.

Our director, Helaine Head, was the perfect choice for crafting this project and I have seldom worked with a more down to earth and gracious actress than Whoopi Goldberg. She was a top feature film actress at the time and we were incredibly blessed to have her in this film. She never complained once and her presence on the set put us all at ease when the schedule got tight and the hours got long. I will never forget her dedication and spirit.

The film was shot mostly in San Pedro, CA in a very authentic looking drugstore that still had a lunch counter. It was very cold that November and we all scrambled to keep warm as we shot mostly after hours. I remember craft service brewing a lot of coffee! We shot on super 16 and transferred to beta SP. We did the off line on one of the first non-linear MAC based systems which really sped up post.

I loved the final film and I wish it was available on DVD as its message most certainly is just as powerful today as it was when we made it. My thanks to execs Brad Wigor and Joe Maurer for having me along on this one.

Michael Killen, Associate Producer

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