Black Like Me (film)

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Black Like Me
Directed by Carl Lerner
Produced by Julius Tannenbaum
Screenplay by Carl Lerner
Gerda Lerner
Paul Green (uncredited)
Based on Black Like Me 
by John Howard Griffin
Starring James Whitmore
Music by Meyer Kupferman
Cinematography Victor Lukens
Henry Mueller II
Edited by Lora Hays
The Hilltop Company
Distributed by Continental Distributing
Release dates
  • May 20, 1964 (1964-05-20)
Running time 107 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

Black Like Me is a 1964 American drama film co-written (with Gerda Lerner) and directed by Carl Lerner, based on the book Black Like Me. The film stars James Whitmore, Sorrell Booke, and Roscoe Lee Browne.[2]

The DVD was released December 11, 2012 in North America from Video Services Corp. The DVD also includes a documentary titled Uncommon Vision about John Howard Griffin, the journalist on which the main character is based.[3]


John Finley Horton (James Whitmore) is a White American journalist who artificially darkens his skin and passes for a black man in the deep South, from New Orleans to Atlanta, where he encounters a great deal of racism from both white and black people.



  1. ^ Black Like Me at Rotten Tomatoes
  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley (May 21, 1964). "Black Like Me (1964) James Whitmore Stars in Book's Adaptation". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Hartel, Nick (14 February 2013). "Black Like Me: DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". DVD Talk. The DVD: The Extras. Retrieved 10 November 2013. "The film's bonus disc features a 60-min feature length documentary, Uncommon Vision: The Life and Times of John Howard Griffin on the film's real-life subject." 

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