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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 ([[Performer~P76027~James Whitmore~jameswhitmore]]) undergoes extensive-and sometimes painful-skin pigmentation treatments. Though he tends to look more like [[Performer~P36019~Al Jolson~aljolson]] or [[Performer~P10700~Eddie Cantor~eddiecantor]] rather than African American, [[Performer~P76027~Whitmore~jameswhitmore]] 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

Cast

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

Crew

Carl Lerner
Director
Carl Lerner
Screenwriter
Victor Lukens
Cinematographer
Meyer Kupferman
Composer (Music Score)
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