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Black Like Me (film)

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Genre  Drama
Music director  Meyer Kupferman
Country  United States
6.8/10 IMDb

Director  Carl Lerner
Story by  John Howard Griffin
Language  EnglishLatin
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Release date  May 20, 1964 (1964-05-20)
Based on  Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
Writer  John Howard Griffin (book), Carl Lerner, Gerda Lerner
Cast  James Whitmore (John Finley Horton), Sorrell Booke (Dr. Jackson), Roscoe Lee Browne (Christopher)
Similar movies  The Long Walk Home (1990), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), Crash (2004), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), American History X (1998)

Black Like Me (1964) is an American drama film based on the book Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin, who passed as an African-American man for six weeks in 1959 in the Deep South, to report on life in the segregated society from the other side of the color line. The screen play was co-written (with Gerda Lerner) and the film was directed by Carl Lerner. The film stars James Whitmore, Sorrell Booke, and Roscoe Lee Browne.


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The DVD was released December 11, 2012, in North America from Video Services Corp. The DVD includes a documentary titled Uncommon Vision about John Howard Griffin, the journalist on which the main character is based.

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John Finley Horton (James Whitmore) is a white journalist who artificially darkens his skin and passes for a black man in the deep South, from New Orleans to Atlanta, where he encounters racism from both white and black people.


  • James Whitmore as John Finley Horton (Black Like Me author John Howard Griffin)
  • Sorrell Booke as Dr. Jackson
  • Roscoe Lee Browne as Christopher
  • Al Freeman, Jr. as Thomas Newcomb
  • Will Geer as truck driver
  • Robert Gerringer as Ed Saunders
  • Clifton James as Eli Carr
  • John Marriott as Hodges
  • Thelma Oliver as Georgie
  • Lenka Petersen as Lucy Horton
  • Reception

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    Critical reception for the film has been mixed. Bosley Crowther of The New York Times described the film as "melodramatic and unsubtle", stating that the film failed to place the viewer inside a Negro's skin, and failed to convince the audience that the protagonist "is truly passing for black".

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    Reviewing the film after the 2012 DVD release, Leonard Maltin awarded the film a positive 3 out of 4 stars, stating that although some aspects of the film felt dated, the film's themes were still timely.


    The film made its DVD debut on Feb 12, 2002 by VCI Home Video. It was later re-released by Video Service Corp on Dec 11, 2012.


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