History Film / WatermelonMan

9th Mar '16 7:21:57 AM FuzzyBoots
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* BringingRunningShoesToACarChase: Jeff's morning workout is running along with a bus on the way to work (instead of just taking the bus). After he turns black he gets stopped by the cops for Running While Black. They assume he stole something - why else would he be running?


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* KarmicTransformation: Gerber is turned into the race that he hates.
10th Oct '15 5:27:40 PM BURGINABC
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* BlackFace: Averted. Originally, the film producers wanted a white man who'd be made up as a black man for the rest of the film. Instead Peebles managed to convince them to cast Godfrey Cambridge, who was made up as a white man for the first section of the film.

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* BlackFace: Averted.Inverted. Originally, the film producers wanted a white man who'd be made up as a black man for the rest of the film. Instead Peebles managed to convince them to cast Godfrey Cambridge, who was made up as a white man for the first section of the film.
3rd Aug '15 9:05:11 PM RAraya
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Van Peebles' only studio film, ''Watermelon Man'' was a financial success, but Van Peebles did not accept Columbia Pictures' three-picture contract, instead developing the independent film ''Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong''. The music for Watermelon Man, written and performed by Van Peebles, was released on a soundtrack album, which spawned the single "Love, that's America". In 2011, that single received much mainstream attention when videos set to the song and featuring footage of Occupy Wall Street became viral.

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Van Peebles' only studio film, ''Watermelon Man'' was a financial success, but Van Peebles did not accept Columbia Pictures' three-picture contract, instead developing the independent film as he knew that no one was going to finance his following film: ''Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong''. The music for Watermelon Man, written and performed by Van Peebles, was released on a soundtrack album, which spawned the single "Love, that's America". In 2011, that single received much mainstream attention when videos set to the song and featuring footage of Occupy Wall Street became viral.


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* DownerEnding: Jack's family and friends end up disowning him, feeling clearly ashamed of him at best, and despising him at worst.
21st May '15 4:42:34 PM Sheora
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!!This film provides examples of the following tropes:

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\n!!This film provides examples of the following tropes:of:
21st May '15 4:42:04 PM Sheora
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* BlackFace: Narrowly averted. Originally, the film producers wanted a white man who'd be made up as a black man for the rest of the film. Instead Peebles managed to convince them to cast Godfrey Cambridge, who was made up as a white man for the first section of the film.

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* BlackFace: Narrowly averted.Averted. Originally, the film producers wanted a white man who'd be made up as a black man for the rest of the film. Instead Peebles managed to convince them to cast Godfrey Cambridge, who was made up as a white man for the first section of the film.
29th Oct '14 4:51:54 AM FuzzyBoots
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* BlackFace: Narrowly averted. Originally, the film wanted a white man who'd be made up as a black man for the rest of the film. Instead Peebles managed to convince them to cast Godfrey Cambridge, who was made up as a white man for the first section of the film.

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* BlackFace: Narrowly averted. Originally, the film producers wanted a white man who'd be made up as a black man for the rest of the film. Instead Peebles managed to convince them to cast Godfrey Cambridge, who was made up as a white man for the first section of the film.



* ExecutiveMeddling: Averted. First, the executives wanted a white actor in {{Blackface}} instead of vice versa. Secondly, they wanted an AlternativeEnding where Gerber wakes up white, having learned his lesson.
8th Aug '13 9:13:57 AM johnnye
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* BlackIsBiggerInBed: Joked with twice in the film, both times with Gerber muttering that it's "an old wive's tale".

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* BlackIsBiggerInBed: Joked with twice in the film, both times with Gerber muttering that it's "an old wive's wives' tale".
3rd Aug '13 1:54:16 PM henry42
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* BlackFace: Narrowly subverted. Originally, the film wanted a white man who'd be made up as a black man for the rest of the film. Instead Peebles managed to convince them to cast Godfrey Cambridge, who was made up as a white man for the first section of the film.

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* BlackFace: Narrowly subverted.averted. Originally, the film wanted a white man who'd be made up as a black man for the rest of the film. Instead Peebles managed to convince them to cast Godfrey Cambridge, who was made up as a white man for the first section of the film.
17th Jan '13 1:40:22 PM foxley
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* ColorMeBlack: The basic premise of the movie.
30th Dec '12 8:19:44 AM FuzzyBoots
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