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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)
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Uncle Willie
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J. Don Ferguson ...
Mr. Donleavy
Georgia Allen ...
Mrs. Gurney
Darleen Taylor ...
1st Girl
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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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28 April 1979 (USA)  »

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Miksi häkkilintu laulaa  »

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

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What a Soul Stirring Film
3 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oh my GOD ! I can truly say that Maya Angelou is one of the world's most intriguing and important people, especially of my culture. She is incredibly inspiring and her story is the story of a great woman ! When I first picked this movie up I thought to myself the cast was wonderfully put together now lets see them in action ! Maya Angelou is already my favorite PoetEss and now one of my favorite actresses and speakers. I believe she is the greatest of all time. This movie had me on the edge of my seat and reaching for Kleenex while at the same time reminding me that no matter where you come from if you decide that you are going to be great then you will be great ! And Ester Rolle played a wonderful supporting role...... 100% AWESOME...and now even "I know Why the Caged Bird Sings."


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