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

PG
115 min | Drama, Romance

A narrator tells the story of his childhood years in a tightly knit Afro-American community in the deep south under racial segregation.
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Jaki Brown (as Jaki Brown-Karmman)
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$75,675
Gross (US & Canada)
$2,291,255
Gross (World)
$2,291,255
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Release date
Jan 26, 1996 (United States)

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Phylicia Rashad
Ma Ponk Ma Ponk   See fewer
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Leon
Uncle Melvin Uncle Melvin   See fewer
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Paula Kelly
Ma Pearl Ma Pearl   See fewer
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Salli Richardson-Whitfield
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Anna Maria Horsford
Miss Annie Miss Annie   See fewer
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Bernie Casey
Mr. Walter Mr. Walter   See fewer
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Isaac Hayes
Preacher Hurn Preacher Hurn   See fewer
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Ray J
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Damon Hines
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Iona Morris
Nila Fontaine Nila Fontaine   See fewer
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Phill Lewis
Sammy (19 Yrs.) / Narrator Sammy (19 Yrs.) / Narrator   See fewer
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Taj Mahal
Mr. Will Mr. Will   See fewer
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Polly Bergen
Miss Maybry Miss Maybry   See fewer
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Braxton Brown III
Sammy (7 Yrs.) Sammy (7 Yrs.)   See fewer
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Frank Hoyt Taylor
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Montrel Johnson
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Ben Epps
Moss Jones Moss Jones   See fewer
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Tyrone Hicks
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Charles Earl Taylor Jr.
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Winston Hemingway
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Sean Bridgers
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Edward Allen
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Don Tilley
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George Hasenstaab
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7.2 / 10 | 442 votes