Black Like Me

Black Like Me

Downloadable Video - 1964
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Based on the landmark memoir by John Howard Griffin, Black Like Me stars James Whitmore as Griffin, who medically altered his pigment and, with the help of a sunlamp, reinvented himself as an itinerant black writer navigating his way through Mississippi and Alabama. Along the way he experienced firsthand both crushing racism and the incredible life force of the Afro-American communities.


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Feb 12, 2018

The rave is for the accompanying documentary about John Howard Griffin, the writer who posed as a black in the dangerously racist South. It’s an important and stirring piece of film making. The film itself is a garbled failure.

Apr 24, 2014

Grade A+ movie. Black Like Me is a nonfiction book by journalist John Howard Griffin first published in 1961. Griffin was a white native of Dallas, Texas and the book describes his six-week experience travelling on Greyhound buses (occasionally hitchhiking) throughout the racially segregated states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia passing as a black. Griffin aimed to explain the difficulties that black people faced in certain areas. Under the care of a doctor, Griffin artificially darkened his skin to pass as a black man.

Apr 09, 2014

For starters - I certainly don't condone vicious, hateful racism, but, with that said, I flatly refuse to accept that the guy in this movie (with his smudgy, grease-painted face and the white of his neck showing under the back of his collar) was either black like me, or black like you, or black like anybody, for that matter._____ I found James Whitmore's portrayal of a white man seriously posing as a black man to be just about the most laughable impersonations ever recorded on film that I've ever seen._____ The fact that all of the characters (whether they were white or black) in this film's story totally accepted (without the slightest hesitation) Whitmore's character as being a bonafide "negro" clearly made them all out to be some of the most stupid people on the entire face of this whole wide world._____ Yes. I do realize that this 1964 picture (now 50 years old) was probably made with the best of intentions in mind, but regardless of its attempt to raise awareness about such pressing issues as prejudice and racial violence, its story clearly lacked 2 essential elements necessary to guarantee its success. And those 2 essential elements were having a heart and a soul. It had neither.


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