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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9 February 2006 | graveleh
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| The film is fine the way it is.
The author's stated intention was to show the family that nourished him and protected him from the world of hatred and segregation. The film showed just enough of the segregated life to let the viewer know that Cliff needed to be protected from that world and nurtured to overcome the scars that outside world could inflict. I think Taulbert and the movie did a good job of showing how the love of his immediate and extended family could compensate in some way for the hatred and oppression of the outside world. I hate to see the movie berated for not being a documentary of all the hateful excesses of the segregated South when that was not the movie's intent. We have films that are considered classics that are about different parts of World War II, and they don't document all the atrocities of the Holocaust. Not focusing on parts of an era that are not the main point of the film is not "sugarcoating." It's an excellent film about growing up in a loving family and overcoming challenges through the love and support of others. It's fine the way it is.

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,675 28 January 1996

Gross USA:

$2,291,255

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,291,255

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