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The Watermelon Woman (1996)

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90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed by a film project: to make a video about her search for a Black actress from Philly who appeared in films in the 30s and was known as the...See moreCheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed by a film project: to make a video about her search for a Black actress from Philly who appeared in films in the 30s and was known as the Watermelon Woman. Following various leads, Cheryl discovers the Watermelon Woman's stage name and real name and surmises that the actress had a long affair with Martha Page, a White woman and one of Hollywood's few female directors. As she's discovering these things, Cheryl becomes involved with Diana, who's also White. The affair strains Cheryl's friendship with Tamara. More discoveries bring Cheryl (and us, her audience) to new realizations. Written by See less
Director
Cheryl Dunye (directed by)
Producers
Alexandra Juhasz (produced by) | Barry Swimar (produced by)
Composer
Paul Shapiro (original score)
Cinematographer
Michelle Crenshaw (cinematography by)
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Opening weekend
$774
Gross (US & Canada)
$1,989
Gross (World)
$1,989
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Release date
Mar 5, 1997 (United States)
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Cheryl Dunye
Cheryl Cheryl   See fewer
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Lisa Marie Bronson
Fae 'The Watermelon Woman' Richards Fae 'The Watermelon Woman' Richards   See fewer
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Cheryl Clarke
June Walker June Walker   See fewer
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Irene Dunye
Herself Herself   See fewer
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Brian Freeman
Lee Edwards Lee Edwards   See fewer
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Camille Paglia
Herself Herself   See fewer
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Sarah Schulman
CLIT Archivist CLIT Archivist   See fewer
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V.S. Brodie
Karaoke Singer Karaoke Singer   See fewer
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Shelley Olivier
Annie Heath Annie Heath   See fewer
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Toshi Reagon
Street Magician Street Magician   See fewer
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Emmy Collins
Video Browser Video Browser   See fewer
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Mickey Goldhaber
Featured Featured   See fewer
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K. Brent Hill
J.J. Liberty J.J. Liberty   See fewer
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Alexandra Juhasz
Martha Page Martha Page   See fewer
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Gail Lloyd
Diana's Black Date Diana's Black Date   See fewer
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Christopher Mann
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Kat Robertson
Yvette Yvette   See fewer
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Orion McCabe
Video Browser (uncredited) Video Browser (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.7 / 10 | 851 votes