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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)
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 Judge (2 episodes, 1989)
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 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)
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 Alfreda (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Tenant #4 (2 episodes, 1989)
Ta-Tanisha ...
 Tenant #1 (2 episodes, 1989)
Douglas Turner Ward ...
 Reverend Woods (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Tenant #5 (2 episodes, 1989)
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 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)
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 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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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: [rocking in a chair and sewing] So, trusting you stay out of jail, what you intend to do now?
Etta Mae: I guess I could get a couple thousand for the car. That'll tide me over until my next... business opportunity comes along.
Mattie Michael: You and your business opportunities. Why don't you just settle down and get yourself a regular job?
Etta Mae: A job doing what? What kind of experience I got? Nothing that's gonna get me a regular job.
Mattie Michael: You don't know that.
Etta Mae: I do know it. And why're you on me?
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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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