Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1995)

PG   |    |  Drama, Romance


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A narrator tells the story of his childhood years in a tightly knit Afro-American community in the deep south under racial segregation.

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  • Al Freeman Jr. and Charles Earl Taylor Jr. in Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1995)
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  • Al Freeman Jr., Paula Kelly, and Karen Malina White in Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1995)

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29 March 2009 | wordsmith_57
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I kept waiting for the bad moments to happen, as so often they do in these reminiscent movies of growing up in the south, yet no real drama occurred. These were moments pieced together, and if that was the intent--it worked. True, a child's reflection of childhood would be pieces of memory chained loosely together, impressions of events, people, and times. However, when the movie ended I thought, "That's it?" There were fine performances; however, the plot seemed to soft-step around the real issues, such as the Jim Crow laws, segregated schooling, subservient wages, and escaping to the north to avoid the subjugation. We got breadth, when depth might have made a much more interesting plot line.

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