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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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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 Mattie Michael (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Fannie Michael (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Miss Sophie (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Kiswana / ... (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Ben (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Etta Mae Johnson (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Theresa (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Abshu (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Lorraine (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Miss Eva Turner (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Cora Lee (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Ciel (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Sam Michael (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Eugene (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Mrs. Browne (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Crony (2 episodes, 1989)
Vivian Bonnell ...
 Black Woman (2 episodes, 1989)
William Frankfather ...
 Judge (2 episodes, 1989)
Montrose Hagins ...
 Mourner (2 episodes, 1989)
Jinaki ...
 Tenant #3 (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Butch Fuller (2 episodes, 1989)
Homeselle Joy ...
 Betina (2 episodes, 1989)
Eugene Lee ...
 Basil (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Cleo (2 episodes, 1989)
Molly McClure ...
 White Woman (2 episodes, 1989)
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 C.C. Baker (2 episodes, 1989)
Veronica Redd ...
 Tenant #2 (2 episodes, 1989)
Roxanne Reese ...
 Alfreda (2 episodes, 1989)
Adrian Ricard ...
 Tenant #4 (2 episodes, 1989)
Ta-Tanisha ...
 Tenant #1 (2 episodes, 1989)
Douglas Turner Ward ...
 Reverend Woods (2 episodes, 1989)
Charles Weldon ...
 Tenant #5 (2 episodes, 1989)
Samm-Art Williams ...
 Cecil Garvin (2 episodes, 1989)
Vanessa Bell Armstrong ...
 Gospel Singer (2 episodes, 1989)
Jonathan 'Fudge' Leonard ...
 Brucie (2 episodes, 1989)
Maya Leonard ...
 Diedre (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Bottom (2 episodes, 1989)
Ray Oliver ...
 Cab Driver (2 episodes, 1989)
Eddie Palmer ...
 Little Basil (age 5) (2 episodes, 1989)
Bee-Be Smith ...
 Hippolyta (2 episodes, 1989)
Ebonie Smith ...
 Little Ciel (age 7) (2 episodes, 1989)
Sheekeena Smith ...
 Girl on Skates (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Sammy (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Theseus (2 episodes, 1989)
Paul Williams ...
 Teenage Guy (2 episodes, 1989)
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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 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.

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Trivia

Lynn Whitfield is 7 months older than Oprah Winfrey and 3 years older than Jackee although they are much older than she is in the film. See more »

Goofs

During the second tenant meeting, Olivia Cole is not wearing her age makeup. See more »

Quotes

Ciel: [while sobbing intensely] I ain't got nothing to live for, Mattie!
Mattie Michael: [wraps arms around Ciel] That ain't true, baby. You got youself. You got yourself.
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Followed by Brewster Place (1990) See more »

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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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