When his father cuts him off financially, spoiled young Mark Watson manages to get himself a scholarship to Harvard by lying on his application about his race and pretending to be an African-American. Mark utilizes bronzing pills, changes his hairstyle, and manages to pass himself off as a person of color, feeling cocky about the ruse. But he soon begins to experience racism at the largely white institution, and when he gets romantically involved with an African-American girl, he begins to feel guilty about what he has done.
C. Thomas Howell, Arye Gross, Rae Dawn Chong, James Earl Jones, Melora Hardin, Leslie Nielsen, James B Sikking, Max Wright, Jeff Altman, Jonathan Leonard, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mark Neely, Wolfe Perry, Laurel Green, Jerry Pavlon, Wallace Langham, Paul O'Brien, Dave Reynolds, Freddie Dawson, Eric Schiff, Ron Reagan, M.C. Gainey, Felix Nelson, Betty Cole, Donald Hotton, Ann Walker, Linda Hoy, Robert Burleigh, Jonathan Wise, Maree Cheatham, Amy Stock-Poynton