Watermelon Man

Synopsis: Jeff Gerber, an insurance agent, lives in a typical suburban neighborhood. He is also both racist and a fitness freak. But Jeff's bigoted world of taunting and harassing black people on and off the job is turned upside down when his skin inexplicably turns dark overnight. As Jeff tries to come to terms with this unexplained phenomenon that has befallen him, he soon becomes the victim himself when all of his friends and neighbors suddenly shun and harass him. This puts a strain on his marriage and loyal wife Althea, who begins to crack under the pressure. When all medical attempts to change his skin back to his former color fail, Jeff accepts that Kharma has caught up with him. Jeff tries to see the light of being a persecuted black man in this cruel and segregated world with the help of some of some new black friends, some of whom were people he, as a white man, taunted and harassed.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Melvin Van Peebles
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win.
100 min

any rioting in

the neighborhood last night?

uh, i don't see

any broken windows.


what's the matter? this place

ain't good enough to loot?

oh, mr. gerber.

the usual, mr. gerber?

oh, yes. uh,

but make mine a double.

i'm feeling a bit

under par this morning.

oh. one double polynesian

health juice

comin' up.


hey, uh, no offense

about that, uh, that

looting remark, you know?

oh, no, mr. gerber.

i know you don't go

for that sort of thing.

no, ok.

and of course, if you did,

it would be very hard for

the police to identify you.

i mean, an hour later,

all you cats look alike.

all us guys look--

oh, mr. gerber.

here's to your health.

[phone ringing]

oh, excuse me,

mr. gerber.

hello, no, goodbye.

hey, joe,

there's an extra nickel

in there for you.

thank you,

mr. gerber.


thank you, mr. gerber.

forget it.

ok, buddy, this is a hijack.

take this elevator to harlem.


hey, how'd you do

on the poker game, andy?

uh, uh, ok, fine.

hey, uh, when are

you and dotty

comin' over to the house

to try out my new barbecue?

oh, uh, soon--soon.

r-r-real soon.

5 saturdays in a row

i asked you.

i'm beginnin' to think

y'all don't like us.

don't be silly, it's--

it's--it's just that, uh...

ok. then we'll expect you

next saturday at 5:00,

and no more excuses

about the children

being sick.

well, actually, uh, dotty

hasn't been feeling well.

get her cured

by the weekend.

sluts, sluts.

all of you, sluts.

next thing you know,

you'll be

smoking cigarettes.

hello, there, erica,

you gorgeous hunk of sweden.


norway, sweden,

what difference does it make?

as long as you're a blonde.

are you?

just curious.

i mean, how many girls

are really blonde

all the way?

collars and cuffs?

excuse me, mr. gerber,

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Herman Raucher

Herman Raucher (born April 13, 1928) is an American author and screenwriter. He is best known for writing the autobiographical screenplay and novel Summer of '42, which became one of the highest-grossing films and one of the best selling novels of the 1970s, respectively. He began his writing career during the Golden Age of Television, when he moonlighted as a scriptwriter while working for a Madison Avenue advertising agency. He effectively retired from writing in the 1980s after a number of projects failed to come to fruition, though his books remain in print and a remake of one of his films, Sweet November, was produced in 2001. more…

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