This social farce is excellently written, fast paced and intelligently directed.

This social farce is excellently written, fast paced and intelligently directed.

Film is hilarious throughout as initial screenplay by Carol Black consistently engages via fable-like tale of a white man (C. Thomas Howell) darkening his skin in order to win a law-school scholarship intended for a black.

Director Steve Miner skillfully guides pic through visually compelling scenes, producing a comedic review of the state of America’s racist attitudes.

Howell as the white-turned-black law student is just effective enough to be believable. As Howell’s close buddy, Arye Gross delivers gifted and energized screen humor. Rae Dawn Chong is wholly natural and intellectually appealing. Her reluctant romantic involvement with Howell focuses his ultimate moral dilemma over the skin deception.

Soul Man

Production

Balcour/Tisch. Director Steve Miner; Producer Steve Tisch; Screenplay Carol Black;

Crew

Camera Jeffrey Jur; Editor David Finfer; Music Tom Scott; Art Director Gregg Fonseca. (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 101 MIN.

With

C. Thomas Howell Arye Gross Rae Dawn Chong James Earl Jones Melora Hardin Leslie Nielsen
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