- Audio: English (Dolby Digital)
- 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
- Introduction By Director Melvin Van Peebles
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: September 14, 2004
- Originally Released: 1970
- Label: Sony Pictures
Encoding: Region (unknown)
Packaging: Keep Case
High Definition Widescreen
- Subtitles - English, French - Optional
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Description by OLDIES.com:
Godfrey Cambridge stars in this outrageous comedy directed by maverick filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles (Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song
Jeff Gerber (Cambridge) seems to have it all: a successful career, a nice suburban home, a progressive-thinking wife (Academy Award-Winner Estelle Parsons, Best Supporting Actress, Bonnie and Clyde, 1967) and two cute children. But he's also a loud-mouthed racist who waked up one morning to discover he's turned into a black man. The doctors have no explanation and no cure for his sudden change. Suddenly, Gerber is a white bigot in black skin who has to deal with a shocked family, intolerant neighbors, cold shoulders at the office and a back seat on the bus!
Melvin Van Peebles follows up his unjustly overlooked THE STORY OF A THREE-DAY PASS with this blunt, original, and highly unusual satire of race in America. Jeff Gerber (Godfrey Cambridge) is a white middle-class racist who makes a living as an insurance salesman. After work, he takes the bus home to spend time with his wife, Althea (Estelle Parsons), and his two children. One day Jeff awakens to find that he has inexplicably metamorphosed into a black man. He unsuccessfully attempts to powder his skin and return its pallor, and he visits a doctor hoping to discover the cause for his remarkable transformation. In the meantime, he must continue with his daily routine, which becomes a painful lesson in the repugnant nature of racism. Encountering prejudice almost everywhere he goes, Jeff is eventually seduced by a curious white coworker and is bought out by his skeptical neighbors, who fear that his presence will depreciate the value of their homes. All the while, he yearns for a return to his normal self, for the days when he was treated like a human being. Van Peebles, working from a highly charged script by Herman Roucher, approaches his important theme using a new approach--comedy--and comes up with a provocative, landmark cinematic achievement.
Melvin Van Peebles's unusual comedy follows the life of a white bigot who wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a black man. His new life teaches him much about the repugnant nature of racism.
- Estelle Parsons also appears in films such as BONNIE AND CLYDE, DICK TRACY, and BOYS ON THE SIDE.