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)
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 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)
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 Betina (2 episodes, 1989)
Eugene Lee ...
 Basil (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Cleo (2 episodes, 1989)
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 White Woman (2 episodes, 1989)
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 C.C. Baker (2 episodes, 1989)
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 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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As Mulheres de Brewster Place  »

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Trivia

Mike Tyson: a street gang member (he's the one wearing the cap and sunglasses). See more »

Goofs

The length of Theresa's cigarette when she tells Lorraine that she has decided not to go to the party at the night club. This happens at the same time that the block party is going on outside. See more »

Quotes

Mattie Michael: [referring to Etta's Mae's flirtation with Reverend Woods] If you had batted your eyelashes any faster, we'd have had a dust storm up in there.
Etta Mae: You said you wanted me to meet some nice men. Well, I met one.
Mattie Michael: Etta, I meant a man who'd be serious about settling down with you. Why, you're going on like a schoolgirl. Can't you see what he's got in mind?
Etta Mae: [in a cold yet angry tone] The only thing I see is that you're telling me I'm not good enough for a man like that. Oh, no, not Etta Johnson. No ...
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Excellent
27 July 2003 | by (SF Bay Area, CA) – See all my reviews

Every time I see that this movie is on TV again, I get SUCKED IN every time and have to watch it to the end!

It does such a great job communicating about a culture that I know so little about. I feel like I was invited in-it is so painfully real.

The writing, the acting and the directing is so well done. It also feels like a play.

It's honest. 9/10


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