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Sister, Sister (1982)

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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Carolyne Lovejoy
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Freida Lovejoy Burton
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Sissy Lovejoy
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Eddie Craven
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Reverend Richard Henderson
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Harry Burton
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Rhoda
E. Lamont Johnson ...
Tommy (as Lamont Johnson)
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Danny Burton
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The Drunk
Frances E. Williams ...
Mother Bishop
Alvin Childress ...
Mister Jacobs
Gloria Edwards ...
Mrs. Henderson
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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 <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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7 June 1982 (USA)  »

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Encontro de Família  »

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

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Sissy Lovejoy: That's why she wants the house. Her and Richard.
Carolyne Lovejoy: NO! Because of everything I've done for this place! THIS HOUSE IS MINE!
Freida Lovejoy Burton: Maybe so, but you and the reverend will never live in it.
Carolyne Lovejoy: No one's gonna stop me from living in this house!
Freida Lovejoy Burton: No one's gonna have to stop you. You're gonna stop yourself!
Carolyne Lovejoy: What?
Freida Lovejoy Burton: Didn't it ever seem odd to you that only Mama died in that fire? There were over 200 people in that church when it burned. Now why was it that only Mama remained in her pew?
Carolyne Lovejoy: What are you talking about?
Freida Lovejoy Burton: ...
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Intelligent telling of a common family circumstance.
1 April 1999 | by (Tecumseh, Michigan) – See all my reviews

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, immediately she sides with her younger sister against the strictures set down in the home. And although the conflicts can be anticipated, the level of the dialogue and the intensity of the characters which Ms. Angelou has built into her story is well worth the price of the ticket. My only regret is that the ending is much too Disney-like unbelievable, and out of character which, I feel, could have been much stronger if there hadn't been such a need for a "happy ending" resolution.


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