Watermelon Man

  • 1970
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy, Drama

This often-funny film fails to sustain its premise through its entire length. Cambridge is hilarious in his role, but many of the gags are cliched, uninspired, and just what one might have expected from the situation. In order to work, comedy must offer surprises. Cambridge, a bigoted white insurance agent, is married to Parsons and is the father of Garrett...read more

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(Movie Clip) Is This America?
Encouraged by his boss, Gerber (Godfrey Cambridge) decides to confront his sudden-blackness head-on, making a date a discriminating club for lunch, in (more…)
(Movie Clip) Skin Problem
Having turned black, Gerber (Godfrey Cambridge) grabs a cab to the drug store to buy skin treatments, getting help from wife Althea (Estelle Parsons) (more…)
(Movie Clip) How Now Brown Cow?
As wife Althea (Estelle Parsons) bemoans their failing sex life, Jeff (Godfrey Cambridge, in white-face) demurs, then wakes up black, in Mario Van Pee (more…)
(Movie Clip) Elevator To Harlem
In an early scene in whiteface, Gerber (Godfrey Cambridge) reveals his bigoted views to counterman Joe (Mantan Moreland) and the gang at work, in dire (more…)
Excerpt
00:40 — Excerpt from the documentary Watermelon Man. Vern Switzer grows watermelons, speaks to God and writes children's books as the farming author on the m (more…)

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  • Rating: R
  • Review: This often-funny film fails to sustain its premise through its entire length. Cambridge is hilarious in his role, but many of the gags are cliched, uninspired, and just what one might have expected from the situation. In order to work, comedy must offer su… (more)

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