Once Upon a Time… When We Were Colored (1996) | A Tim Reid Film

Once Upon a Time… When We Were Colored is a 1996 American period drama film directed by Tim Reid and the screenplay was written by Paul W. Cooper, the film is based on Clifton Taulbert’s real life and his non-fiction book Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored. – Wikipedia

Welcome to Glen Allan, Mississippi, 1946. Experience an America that remains only in the hearts and minds of those who were brought up in this small southern community. Lost in the sweat of the cotton fields and hidden in the juke joints of muddy water blues, the people of Glen Allan nurtured and protected each other while celebrating life to the fullest. In a time when the Ku Klux Klan terrorized the streets and “White Only” were the first words learned by African American children, Clifton was encouraged by the love and kinship of the tightly-knit community to overcome the bigotry and intolerance of the South, allowing him to embark on an extraordinary journey.

Al Freeman Jr. as Poppa
Phylicia Rashad as Ma Ponk
Leon as Uncle Melvin
Paula Kelly as Ma Pearl
Salli Richardson as Miss Alice
Anna Maria Horsford as Miss Annie
Bernie Casey as Mr. Walter
Isaac Hayes as Preacher Hurn
Willie Norwood Jr. as Cliff (12 Yrs.)
Karen Malina White as Mary
Damon Hines as Cliff at 16
Taj Mahal as Mr. Will
Iona Morris as Nila Fontaine
Phill Lewis as Sammy (19 Yrs.) / Narrator
Polly Bergen as Miss Maybry
Richard Roundtree as Cleve
Crystal R. Fox as Miss Doll
Daphne Maxwell Reid as Miss Maxey

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