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The Watermelon Man

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An extremely bigoted white man finds out the hard (and somewhat humorous) way what it's like being a black man, firsthand!


  • Godfrey Cambridge
  • Estelle Parsons
  • Howard Caine
  • D'Urville Martin
  • Mantan Moreland
  • Kay Kimberly
  • Kay E. Kuter
  • Scott Garrett
  • Erin Moran
  • Irving Selbst

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The pounding prelude to a cultural and cinematic revolution, Watermelon Man nearly bubbles over with the rage that exploded outright with Van Peebles' follow-up, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.

Metacritic review by Nathan Rabin
Nathan Rabin
The A.V. Club

Gradually, Van Peebles turns stereotypical images of postwar bourgeois prosperity against themselves, leading to a denouement that feels oddly empowering in its total alienation from the status quo.

Metacritic review by Jake Cole
Jake Cole
Slant Magazine