Once upon a Time...When We Were Colored
Once upon a Time...When We Were Colored (1995)

Actor Tim Reid (WKRP in Cincinnati) made his directorial debut with this filmed adaptation of Clifton L. Taulbert's autobiography. Set in an African-American community in the segregated South, Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 29, 1995
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Based on Clifton Taulbert's book, this sensitive memory film about the author's coming of age in the segregated South is an emotionally quiet saga, plaved against a tumultuous era in black communal life.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Heart-warming drama in which community becomes a seedbed where young souls are forged.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

Though the film exhibits a vaguely nostalgic tone, it's hardly sugar-coated, displaying an increasingly discernible edge to its portrayal of racist realities.

Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The acting is good all round, but the star of the show has to be Al Freeman Jr. He shows great inner strength, bravery, and intelligence.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Everything about this film bespeaks wholesomeness, from its gentle life lessons to its calm dignity ... (t)hat said, it is not quite as good as some of the hype would have it.