Soul Man (1986)
Front Cover Actor
C. Thomas Howell Mark Watson
Arye Gross Gordon Bloomfield
Rae Dawn Chong Sarah Walker
James Earl Jones Prof. Banks
Melora Hardin Whitney Dunbar
Leslie Nielsen Mr. Dunbar
James B. Sikking William Watson
Max Wright Dr. Aronson
Jeff Altman Ray McGrady
Jonathan [Fudge] Leonard George Walker
Movie Details
Director Steve Miner
Studio New World
Language English
Audience Rating PG13
Running Time 1 hr 41 mins
Country USA
Color Color
An ambitious-but -spoiled rich white kid wins a scholarship to Harvard Law School by pretending to be African-American in this broadly-played comedy. After his father cuts him off financially, Mark Watson ( C. Thomas Howell ) wins a full tuition scholarship to Harvard by claiming to be African-American on the application form. With the help of his best friend Gordon ( Arye Gross ), Mark acquires some bronzing pills, a new hairdo, and a lowered voice. Disguised as a black student, Mark thinks that he's going to breeze through the program. The reality of being a minority at a mostly white institution quickly catches up to him, however, when he encounters some tacit racism and falls for Sarah Walker ( Rae Dawn Chong ), a fellow student whose affection makes him feel guilty about his ruse. Then there's the imperious Professor Banks ( James Earl Jones ), an African-American instructor who expects him to perform at a higher level than the other students. Soul Man was written by Carol Black and directed by Steve Miner , who would collaborate again for the popular television series The Wonder Years (1988-93). — Karl Williams
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Release Date 2003
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1