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Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored Details

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Actor Tim Reid (WKRP in Cincinnati) made his directorial debut with this filmed adaptation of Clifton L. Taulbert's autobiography. Set in an African-American community in the segregated South, Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored follows a young Taulbert through three decades, beginning with his birth in a cotton field in 1946. As he grows up, Taulbert is faced with the harsh realities of being black in the mid-20th century: first from the lessons of his great-grandfather (Al Freeman Jr.), later in his trips to the local segregated library, and finally in 1962, when a 16-year-old Taulbert watches as his community deals with a racist white business owner trying to run a local black ice man out of town. Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored was the recipient of the Audience Choice Award at the 1995 St. Louis International Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Cast

Iona Morris
as Nila Fontaine
Isaac Hayes
as Preacher Hurn
Leon
as Uncle Melvin
Taj Mahal
Bernie Casey
as Mr. Walter
Phylicia Rashad
as Ma Ponk
Richard Roundtree
as Cleve
Polly Bergen
as Miss Maybry
Paula Kelly
as Ma Pearl
Al Freeman, Jr.
as Poppa
Anna Maria Horsford
as Miss Annie
Salli Richardson
as Miss Alice
Damon Hines
as Cliff at 16

Crew

Tim Reid
Director
Tim Reid
Producer
Michael Bennett
Producer
Butch Lewis
Producer
John W. Simmons
Cinematographer
Steve Tyrell
Composer (Music Score)
David Pincus
Editor
Geoffrey S. Grimsman
Art Director
Paulette Millichap
Co-producer
Kristen McGary
Set Designer
Freddye Chapman
Supervisor/Manager
Damon Hines
Intertitle Writer
Bernie Casey
Intertitle Writer
Anna Maria Horsford
Intertitle Writer
Salli Richardson
Intertitle Writer
Phill Lewis
Intertitle Writer
Isaac Hayes
Intertitle Writer
Jaki Brown-Karman
Casting
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