16 user 22 critic

The Color of Time (2012)

1:44 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Prime Video

A poetic road trip through Pulitzer prize-winning CK Williams' life.
1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
... C.K. Williams
... Catherine
... Mrs. Williams
... Albert
... C.K. Williams
... Goody
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Demetrios Anastasiow ... Party Stoner
... Dan
Jamie DeKelaita ... Party Guest at Entrance
... Woman in window
Jann Hight ... Old Woman #2
Vince Jolivette ... Mr. Williams
Gabriel Kahaian ... Friend
... Boy Croquet Player
Lauren Kole ... Girl Croquet Player


The Color of Time is based on Pulitzer prize-winning poet CK Williams' collection of the same name. The film blends together adaptations of 11 of the poems to create a poetic road trip through CK William's life. The film takes us on a journey through several decades of American life from CK's childhood and adolescence in Detroit in the 1940s and 50s to the early 1980s: CK and his wife Catherine are married with their son Jed. CK prepares for a reading of 'Tar' in New York City, and spends his nights struggling to write new poems, haunted by memories of his past. As CK drives to his reading in New York City, he remembers central moments of his life: we come to experience and understand both his relationship to love and loss, and how he found his calling as a poet through the women in his life. The film takes us back and forth between past and present, punctuated by voice-over from CK Williams' poems, recreating the experience of memory and exploring how the fragments of one's man life ... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A poetic look at author C.K. Williams' life over the course of 40 years.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

9 December 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tar  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


It's the second time James Franco, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, Bruce Campbell and Mia Serafino play together in a movie. They last worked together in Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Too Bad it Doesn't Work
13 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Rarely do I review films that I give so few stars. I don't like to write negative stuff. But I'm about to do just that. I watched the film, basically because of the cast which has more than one star actor in it, and also because it's based on poetry and I'm a poet/writer. Unfortunately, despite the all-star cast, the film didn't work. Or, perhaps it worked as well as it could given what the writer/director were trying to do which was bring to life some poems of C.K. Williams. Because of the actors, and some of the photography, the film was easy to look at. In fact, if less good-looking actors had been in it, I probably would have turned it off after ten minutes. Because ultimately, even if one liked the visuals and enjoyed hearing some of Williams' poetry, it was boring. It's not as short as it is (73 minutes) for no reason. I think one has to really enjoy the artiness of the film in order to enjoy the film. If not, there's not a heck of a lot to keep one watching.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed