Soul Man (1986)


A caucasian prospective grad student’s affluent family won’t pay his way through law school, so he takes tanning pills to darken his skin in order to qualify for an African-American scholarship at Harvard. He soon gets more than he bargained for, as he begins to learn what life is really like for blacks in America.

Director: Steve Milner.
Writer: Carol Black.
Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, James Earl Jones, Arye Gross, James B. Sikking, Leslie Nielsen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Melora Hardin, Ann Walker, Jeff Altman, Maree Cheatham, Wallace Langham, Eric Schiff, Max Wright, Ron Reagan, Mark Neely, Wolfe Perry, David Reynolds, Laurel Green, Betty Cole, Jerry Pavlon, John David Bland, Felix Nelson, Jonathan ‘Fudge’ Leonard, Bo Mancuso, Linda Hoy, Donald Hotton, Robert Burleigh, Jonathan Wise, Amy Stoch, Paul O’Brien, M.C. Gainey, Freddie Dawson.

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One Comment

  1. Ronald Wilsaphone
    December 30, 2022

    Oh my. This is worth seeing so that one can really get a grasp on mid-80s liberalism. In other words, the intent here is to be progressive-minded, etc. It’s just that the execution is completely tone deaf.
    I can totally see John Waters remaking this now.

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