Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1996)


This film relates the story of a tightly connected Afro-American community informally called Colored Town where the inhabitants live and depend on each other in a world where racist oppression is everywhere, as told by a boy called Cliff who spent his childhood there. Despite this, we see the life of the community in all its joys and sorrows, of those that live there while others decide to leave for a better life north. For those remaining, things come to a serious situation when one prominent businessman is being muscled out by a white competitor using racist intimidation. In response, the community must make the decision of whether to submit meekly like they always have, or finally fight for their rights.

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Viooz Score: 4.5/10 from 2 votes
Release Date: 1996-01-26
Status: Released
Run time: 115 min / 1:55
Production Studio : BET Pictures, United Image Entertainme
Production Country: United States of America

Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored Casts

Al Freeman, Jr.
as Poppa
Phylicia Rashād
as Ma Ponk
Paula Kelly
as Ma Pearl
Salli Richardson-Whitfield
as Miss Alice (as Salli Richardson)
Anna Maria Horsford
as Miss Annie
Bernie Casey
as Mr. Walter
Isaac Hayes
as Preacher Hurn
Ray J
as Cliff (12 Yrs.) (as Willis Norwood Jr.)
Polly Bergen
as Miss Maybry
Taj Mahal
as Mr. Will
as Uncle Melvin

Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored Crew

Directing Tim Reid Director
Writing Paul W. Cooper Screenplay
Writing Clifton L. Taulbert Novel