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White Mama (1980)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  5 March 1980 (USA)
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Adele Malone
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Black Fighter
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Judge Alice Quentin
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Probabtion Woman
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Tall Black Man
Lanyard A. Williams ...
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A poor, elderly white woman living in a tenement in a black ghetto is befriended by a neighborhood boy, and the two of them form a mutually beneficial relationship: he provides her companionship and protection, and she becomes the mother he never had. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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During the filming at the Skid Row area where one must walk around drunks passed out in doorways, Bette Davis had a bottle thrown to her. See more »

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B.T. Williamson: My Mama never gave me no real name. B.T. stands for 'Boy Ten.'
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Touching television film.
11 November 2004 | by (Lake Isabella, CA) – See all my reviews

White Mama is a fine and well made television film starring screen legend Bette Davis, as a poor aging old woman living in a decaying apartment building in the black ghetto of the city. She is befriended by a black boy, who treats her like she was his own mother. Touching and sometimes sad, this made for TV film earned Davis an Emmy Award nomination and has good a good supporting cast including Oscar winner Eileen Heckart (Butterflies are Free), Oscar nominee Anne Ramsey (Throw Momma from the Train) as well as fine African American actors Ernie Hudson and Tony Burton. This film is sometimes hard to find, but should be viewed and recommended for touching stories and fans of Bette Davis's fine work, especially here in television which was even rare for her.


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