From Ernest J. Gaines, author of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, comes a deceptively simple, yet emotionally complex tale of what it's like to be black in Louisiana during the 1940's. James, the boy in question, has a raging toothache that necessitates a trip to the dentist. His mother (played by Emmy®-winner Olivia Cole), accompanies James to town on an eye opening odyssey where the boy gains valuable insights into poverty, racism - and his own sense of pride. With an exciting musical score by Webster Lewis, this multi-award winning film explores a child's discovery that the world is a complicated place...where things are never truly black or white...only shades of gray.

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The Sky Is Gray (1980)

Family/Drama

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From Ernest J. Gaines, author of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, comes a deceptively simple, yet emotionally complex tale of what it's like to be black in Louisiana during the 1940's. James, the boy in question, has a raging toothache that necessitates a trip to the dentist. His mother (played by Emmy®-winner Olivia Cole), accompanies James to town on an eye opening odyssey where the boy gains valuable insights into poverty, racism - and his own sense of pride. With an exciting musical score by Webster Lewis, this multi-award winning film explores a child's discovery that the world is a complicated place...where things are never truly black or white...only shades of gray.

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Cast
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Olivia Cole

Octavia
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James Bond III

James
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Margaret Avery

Rosemary
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Cleavon Little

Monsieur Bayonne
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Chez Lister

Ty
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Susan French

Helena
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Clinton Derricks-Carroll

Student
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Hal Williams

Preacber
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Roberta Jean Williams

Young Lady
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Hilda Haynes

Woman
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Lynn Arden

Nurse
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Reuben Collins

Pimp
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Beverly Johnson

John Lee's Mother
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Kenny Johnson

John Lee Williams
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Macon McCalman

Ernest
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Melvina Smedley

Waitress
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Julie Vails

Girl on Bus
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Les Williams

Man in Dentist Office
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Henry Fonda

Himself - Introduction (uncredited)
Crew
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Stan Lathan

Director
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Charles Fuller

Writer
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Ernest J. Gaines

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The Sky Is Gray

(DVD)

1/25/2005

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