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Black Like Me is the true story of white journalist John Howard Griffin, who "became" a Negro in the late 1950s. Feeling that the best way to understand what it was like to be black in a segregated south was to experience the feeling first-hand, Griffin (James Whitmore) undergoes extensive-and sometimes painful-skin pigmentation treatments. Though he tends to look more like Al Jolson or Eddie Cantor rather than African American, Whitmore does a creditable job playing a proud man forced into subservience by an unfeeling white society. Unfortunately, the film falls prey to stylistic affectations, notably an overabundance of confusing flashbacks. Though dating and occasionally patronizing, Black Like Me is still a worthwhile effort. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


James Whitmore
as John Finley Horton
Sorrell Booke
as Dr.Jackson
Al Freeman, Jr.
as Tom Newcomb
Roscoe Lee Browne
as Christopher
Clifton James
as Eli Carr
Dan Priest
as Bus Driver
Walter Mason
as Mason
John Marriott
as Hodges
Lenka Peterson
as Lucy Horton
Raymond St. Jacques


Carl Lerner
Carl Lerner
Victor Lukens
Meyer Kupferman
Composer (Music Score)