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The Women of Brewster Place (1989)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  19 March 1989 (USA)
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Based on the novel by Gloria Naylor, which deals with several strong-willed women who live in a rundown housing project on Brewster Place in an unidentified eastern city; across three ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fannie Michael
Miss Sophie
Kiswana / Melanie Browne
Etta Mae Johnson
Barbara Montgomery ...
Miss Eva Turner
Cora Lee
Sam Michael
Mrs. Browne


Based on the novel by Gloria Naylor, which deals with several strong-willed women who live in a rundown housing project on Brewster Place in an unidentified eastern city; across three decades, they struggle against poverty, bigotry, and weak, troublesome men. Written by mts77

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Seven Women. Seven Lives Hanging in the Balance.







Release Date:

19 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Mulheres de Brewster Place  »

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The city and state that Brewster Place is in is never mentioned. See more »


When Theresa is throwing the meatloaf ingredients at Miss Sophie's window, we see her hold up a jar of olives and its liquid. But when she throws it at the window and it shatters, there is no liquid shown. See more »


Kiswana: [while examining one of Cora Lee's children, who has just injured himself] There's a big knot coming up on the side of his head; maybe we should take him...
Cora Lee: It'll go down.
[after seeing the expression on Kiswana's face]
Cora Lee: Look, if I ran to the hospital every time one of these kids bumps their heads or scrapes their knee, I'd spend the rest of my life in those emergency rooms.
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A good interpretation of Naylor's novel...
14 December 2000 | by (Chapel Hill, NC) – See all my reviews

I read the novel in my college African-American literature class and loved it. When I saw the movie version, I was very happy with the way it was done. Jackee steals the movie with her presentation of Etta Mae. Oprah does a good job as well. This movie stayed really close to the plot of the story. If you want to read the book, but don't have the time, you could probably just watch this movie and pick up on everything that is crucial. A-

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