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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979)

Based on writer Maya Angelou's childhood, this story is about a young girl in the South who is sent to live with her grandmother after her parents divorce.

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Paul Benjamin ...
Freeman
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Vivian
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Grandmother Baxter
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Bailey Sr.
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Momma
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Miss Flowers
Constance Good ...
Maya
John Driver ...
Bailey Jr. (as John M. Driver II)
Sonny Jim Gaines ...
Uncle Willie
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J. Don Ferguson ...
Mr. Donleavy
Georgia Allen ...
Mrs. Gurney
Darleen Taylor ...
1st Girl
Darryl Antony Williams ...
Tommy Valdon (as Darryl Williams)
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Lillie (as Tommie Stewart)
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A true story based on the early life of actress, professor and author Maya Angelou. The story traces her life from when she and her brother move in with her mother to the trauma of being raped as a little girl by one of her mother's boyfriends and the several years of silence that came after the attack. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Biography | Drama

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28 April 1979 (USA)  »

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Miksi häkkilintu laulaa  »

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1.33 : 1
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Referenced in The Venture Bros.: I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills (2006) See more »

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"...Caged Bird..." and "...Mockingbird"
5 February 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This film is an excellent teaching tool as a pre-study of "To Kill a Mockingbird." In conjunction with a study of the novel itself, "...Caged Bird..." can be used as an independent literary study or as an introduction to TKM.


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