Watermelon Man

  • Film
  • Comedy
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Cambridge plays (admirably) a high-powered all-American insurance salesman, bursting with health, dirty jokes, and bigotry, who wakes up one morning to find that his skin has turned black. His frenzied attempts to explain the metamorphosis as an excess of tan and/or soya sauce won't wash any more than his skin will, so he finds himself forced to adjust. Often very funny in its topsy-turvy comments on racism, the script unfortunately has to battle against a director determined to use every gaudy trick in the book. The real pity, though, is that it fails to follow through on the logic of its premise whereby the hero is so heartily extrovert that everybody (wife and kids included) dislikes him. When he turns black, he also turns sympathetic, so nobody's reflex responses are really tested.

Release details

Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Melvin Van Peebles
Screenwriter: Herman Raucher
Cast: Godfrey Cambridge
Estelle Parsons
Howard Caine
D'Urville Martin
Mantan Moreland
Kay Kimberly
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