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Chameleon Street (1989)

William Douglas Street is bored with his life. Working for his father is getting to him, his wife wants more money, and he's had enough. His solution is to re-invent himself. He becomes a ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Wendell B. Harris Jr. ... William Douglas Street
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Alvaro Timothy Alvaro ... Brian
Dave Barber Dave Barber ... Self
Marti Bowling ... Marti
Alfred Bruce Bradley Alfred Bruce Bradley ... Smooth
Mano Breckenridge Mano Breckenridge ... Neelish Ratnayaka
Anthony Ennis Anthony Ennis ... Curtis
Amina Fakir ... Tatiana
Maurice Givens Maurice Givens ... Cool (these are my brother's clothes)
Anita Gordon Anita Gordon ... Darlene Street
Gary Irwin Gary Irwin ... Dr. Hardy
Davon Kiley Davon Kiley ... Dr. Hand
Dan Lawton Dan Lawton ... Aldo 'Jerry Lewis' Falco
Angela Leslie Angela Leslie ... Gabrielle
Paula McGee Paula McGee ... Self
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Storyline

William Douglas Street is bored with his life. Working for his father is getting to him, his wife wants more money, and he's had enough. His solution is to re-invent himself. He becomes a chameleon, taking on whatever role suits the situation. From reporter to doctor to lawyer, he impersonates anyone he sees a need for and he can earn money being. The movie is based on the real people, William Douglas Street, Jr., and Erik Dupin. Written by Brian D. Switzer <bswitzer@uoguelph.ca>

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 May 1991 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

As Mil Faces de Street See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$235,011
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gathsemane 84 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Wendell B. Harris Jr. used Roger & Me (1989) Director of Photography Bruce Schermer. There are many Flint connections in this film. See more »

Quotes

Lawyer in restaurant: Fuckin' let go!
[throws a drink in Doug's face]
William Douglas Street: You know, that's a very nasty word. But what's really, pardon the expression, fucked up, is your grammar. "Fuckin' let go," you can't say that. You know, the rules of grammar apply to profanity as well. The word 'fuck' comes from the German root, "fichen," which means to strike. It's a verb and can be used in a variety of ways, both transitive and intransitive. For example, simple aggression: Fuck you! Or simple confusion: What the fuck is goin' on...
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Excellent...Not a simple comedy
14 November 2001 | by cinemadazSee all my reviews

A biting satire based on true stories of separate con-artists that tried to pull various scams, including blackmail and impersonating a reporter, surgeon, lawyer and others. Not a simple comedy so much as a deep look into how different races, social classes and ways of making a living are taken for granted. A true "independent" film, not because of its small budget or Wendell Harris's role as writer-director-star, but from its story and style taking chances. Even after winning best film at Sundance (before it was the super-popular fest it is now), no distributor would pick it up, apparently scared by the film's content. The only offer was to remake the film with "Fresh Prince" Will Smith, effectively putting a happy face on it. Appalled at that idea, Harris held out and STREET finally made an all-too-limited release in theaters and later on home video. Highly recommended.


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