Maya Angelou's story of the family stresses that occur when an older sister (Diahann Carroll) attempts to maintain a home, left by her revered father, in an ultra-moralistic way (regardless... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Carolyne Lovejoy
Rosalind Cash ...
Freida Lovejoy Burton
Sissy Lovejoy
Eddie Craven
Reverend Richard Henderson
Harry Burton
E. Lamont Johnson ...
Tommy (as Lamont Johnson)
Danny Burton
Albert Popwell ...
The Drunk
Frances E. Williams ...
Mother Bishop
Alvin Childress ...
Mister Jacobs
Gloria Edwards ...
Mrs. Henderson


Maya Angelou's story of the family stresses that occur when an older sister (Diahann Carroll) attempts to maintain a home, left by her revered father, in an ultra-moralistic way (regardless of the fact that she is secretly having an affair with the married preacher). Nevertheless, her uptight need to maintain a sense of propriety of course goes against the wishes of her much younger sister (Irene Cara) who, as an accomplished ice skater, is striving for her own independence. And if this isn't enough, into it is suddenly thrust a third sister (Rosalind Cash), who is a single mother with a pre-teen son, who "comes home" with her boy after living for years in the ghettos of Detroit. And because she is the complete antithesis of her older sister in morals and deportment, she immediately sides with her younger sister against the strictures set down in the home. Written by BOB STEBBINS <>

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Drama | Family





Release Date:

7 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Encontro de Família  »

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1.33 : 1
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Filmed in 1979, but not aired until 1982. See more »


Freida Lovejoy Burton: [all three coming down the stairs] I thought it would be good for Danny, but he hates it.
Carolyne Lovejoy: He hasn't even given it a chance.
Freida Lovejoy Burton: Now Caroline, I Know my son. He's been on his best behavior. He thinks you don't like him. It's awful to grow up in a house where you're disliked.
Sissy Lovejoy: Don't I know it.
Carolyne Lovejoy: What do you mean by that?
Sissy Lovejoy: You never liked me.
Carolyne Lovejoy: I raised you, Sissy. Do you remember what Papa always used to say?
Sissy Lovejoy: What?
Carolyne Lovejoy: There's nothing more important in a family of nations than the love and care of your own ...
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Actress Rosalind Cash Died in 1995
13 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sadly, Rosalind died of cancer in 1995. "Sister, Sister" is a wonderful movie--Diahann and Rosalind Cash are at their best! Even today, this movie is one anyone--black or white, male or female--will enjoy. This movie was filmed four or five years before Diahann's other masterful, leading-lady-performance in the movie 'Claudine.' This movie also is one that portrays African Americans in a positive light--something rare in the '70s. It's kinda neat seeing little Kristoff St. John (now famous as the well-loved character Neil Winters on the soap "The Young and the Restless") playing the tween son of Rosalind Cash's character Freida; wow--he's come a long way and endured a great career (much like Laurence Fishburn, who starred as a young kid in the movie "Earl, Cornbread and Me."It would be pretty cool to see a remake of this movie--starring, say, Angela Bassett, Lynn Whitfield and Halle Berry.

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