Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored (1996)
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Actor Tim Reid (WKRP in Cincinnati) made his directorial debut with this filmed adaptation of Clifton L. Taulbert's autobiography. Set in an African-American community in the segregated South, Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored follows a young Taulbert through three decades, beginning with his birth in a cotton field in 1946. As he grows up, Taulbert is faced with the harsh realities of being black in the mid-20th century: first from the lessons of his great-grandfather (Al Freeman Jr.),
Oct 29, 1995 Wide
Dec 18, 2001
Republic Pictures Home Video
Al Freeman Jr.
Cliff at 16
Anna Maria Horsford
Charles Earl Taylor
Cliff at 5
Willie Norwood Jr.
Cliff at 12
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Based on Clifton Taulbert's book, this sensitive memory film about the author's coming of age in the segregated South is an emotionally quiet saga, plaved against a tumultuous era in black communal life.
Though the film exhibits a vaguely nostalgic tone, it's hardly sugar-coated, displaying an increasingly discernible edge to its portrayal of racist realities.
Everything about this film bespeaks wholesomeness, from its gentle life lessons to its calm dignity ... (t)hat said, it is not quite as good as some of the hype would have it.
Heart-warming drama in which community becomes a seedbed where young souls are forged.
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