The Watermelon Man

Starring: Godfrey Cambridge Director: Melvin Van Peebles  Rated: R: Restricted
The Watermelon Man
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DVD Features:

  • 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:
  • Originally Released: 1970
  • Label: Sony Pictures
Encoding: Region (unknown)
Packaging: Keep Case
High Definition Widescreen
  • Subtitles - English, French - Optional

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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!

Plot Synopsis:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Race Relations | Switching Roles | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Estelle Parsons also appears in films such as BONNIE AND CLYDE, DICK TRACY, and BOYS ON THE SIDE.

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 17,949
  • UPC: 043396050532
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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