What it in black & white for more impact!

By Inquirer
Written September 05, 2011
I first saw this film as a kid in Detroit on television. Stockwell's soulful portrayal caught my attention as did the cruelty of the people, children and adults, who ridiculed him after his hair turned green. He was the same person they treated nicely beforehand. Why did they turn on him. Though a major point of the story, it had an even greater impact on me as I was watching it in black & white. (Few if any color TV's around then.) On the TV screen he was the same person. His hair color hadn't changed, only the view of him by those who new him. This film has much to say of the plight of children resulting from the wars created by adults. It has even more to say about the cruelty and indignities inflicted on those who happen to be a little different from the mainstream. This film is worth a look if for only these reasons. But it is also a heartful story worthy of a couple hours of your time. If you watch it on TV, turn off the color for a more meaningful experience.
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