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Black on White on Fire - August 11, 1965 

As a black medical student during the 1965 Watts riots, Sam must save his white fiancée.

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... Dr. Sam Beckett
... Admiral Al Calavicci
Gregory Millar ... Lonnie Harper
Corie Henninger ... Susan Brewster
Sami Chester ... Bebe
... Papa David Harper
... Police Captain Paul Brewster
LaVerne Anderson ... Sheri
... Mama Harper
... Matty
... Young Woman
Jon Berry ... Police Sniper
... Ray Harper
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Sam leaps into the body of Ray Harper, a promising African-American medical student who has the opportunity at an internship at a Boston hospital. Ray currently lives in Watts and it's the eve of the 1965 race riots. He's engaged to Susan, a white girl, and faces not only her father's wrath but that of his brother Lonnie and his friends. Al tells him that his purpose is to keep Ray and Susan together but there is a chance that Susan might die in the riots. As the violence and race hatred grows, both Ray and Susan must face the challenge of each communities prejudice. Written by garykmcd

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TV-PG
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9 November 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the original history, Ray Harper and Susan Brewster broke up after the Watts riots in August 1965 while Ray gave up his dream of becoming a doctor. See more »

Goofs

The line "I love Ray, Mama Harper" looks and sounds clearly dubbed in. See more »

Quotes

Susan Brewster: [of Lonnie] He doesn't wanna be stopped, Ray. He wants to die.
Admiral Al Calavicci: I think she's right, Sam, I think he wants to be a martyr.
Dr. Sam Beckett: Is that right, Lonnie? You want to be a martyr?
Lonnie Harper: Me, a martyr? Oh, hell, man, Watts is full of martyrs. They don't need me to join 'em.
Dr. Sam Beckett: Then why?
Lonnie Harper: I'm tired of talkin' about 'why'.
Dr. Sam Beckett: Tired or scared?
Lonnie Harper: I ain't afraid o' nothing.
Dr. Sam Beckett: Except living.
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Ooo Baby Baby
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Written by Smokey Robinson and Warren Moore
Performed by The Miracles (1965)
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