Chameleon Street

Film
Virtually a lost film, this picked up a prize at the Sundance festival and earned some critical raves, but when Warners acquired the rights with a view to remaking it, they didn't bother to distribute the shoestring original - according to the writer/director/star, they actively suppressed it (it's never been released in the UK, even on video). It's flawed but often brilliant, one of the most provocative and adventurous American movies of the '90s. Harris is Douglas Street, a kind of professional black Zelig, who successfully passes himself off as a reporter, an exchange student, a lawyer and even a surgeon without any relevant qualifications. Formally adventurous, very funny, and deeply sour. Incredibly, it's based on a true story.

By: TCh

Release details

Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Wendell B Harris Jr
Screenwriter: Wendell B Harris Jr
Cast: Wendell B Harris Jr
Angela Leslie
Amina Fakir
Paula McGee
Anthony Ennis
David Kiley
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