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Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark (2014)

Imagine what it would feel like to be the only black television star in Hollywood at a time when the Ku Klux Klan acted out violently against black people, when America groaned under the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nat 'King' Cole ... Himself (archive footage)
Tony Bennett ... Himself
Ralph Carmichael Ralph Carmichael ... Himself
Johnny Mathis ... Himself
George Benson ... Himself
Harry Belafonte ... Himself
Maria Cole Maria Cole ... Herself, Nat King Cole's wife
Edward Coles Edward Coles ... Himself, Baptist minister, Nat King Cole's father (archive footage)
Charles Evers ... Himself, civil rights activist and former Republican politician
Ivan Mogull Ivan Mogull ... Himself
Buddy Greco ... Himself
Bruce Forsyth ... Himself
Eddie Wakes Eddie Wakes ... Himself
Oscar Peterson ... Himself (archive footage)
Eddie Cole Eddie Cole ... Himself (archive footage)
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Imagine what it would feel like to be the only black television star in Hollywood at a time when the Ku Klux Klan acted out violently against black people, when America groaned under the weight of segregation and prejudice. Imagine being in possession of a natural talent so great, so unique and disarming that these issues were seemingly swept to one side to allow you to perform and be acknowledged for this gift, yet behind closed doors they were trying to think of a way to package you as something you were not: white. This candid account of the actual happenings in and around the "fairytale" life of fame and fortune of Nat King Cole, are taken from the private journals of Nat King Cole and exclusive interviews with the widow of Nat King Cole, Maria Cole, as well as contributions from other family members, Tony Bennett, Buddy Greco, Harry Bellafonte, Nancy Wilson, Sir Bruce Forsythe, George Benson, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis and many more. Some of these shocking stories have never ... Written by Laura Royko

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2016 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Nat King Cole - sammetsrösten See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Soundtracks

Love is a Many Splendored Thing
Written by Paul Francis Webster and Sammy Fain
PPerformed by Nat 'King' Cole
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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A nice documentary about the great singer.
6 July 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark" is a documentary about the great singer that was apparently the work of his second wife, Maria. Because of this, I think some of the focus of the film seemed more like a family documentary than a documentary. For example, there is a portion that talks about Natalie Cole and her album she created singing over her deceased father's old tunes. Considering it came out two decades after Nat's death, it didn't seem appropriate for the film. Also, oddly, near the end Maria mentions Nat's having had an affair on her...something I don't think the viewers needed to hear...more like it gave her a chance to unburden herself. Plus, if she was going to talk about this, it was a bit odd considering she was dating Nat when he was still married to another woman. These are not so much complaints but give you an idea that some of the film seems like a family project as opposed to just a film about the man.

Apart from this, the documentary is wonderful and brings attention to one of the greatest voices of all time. Well worth seeing and lovely to listen to.


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