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Writers (WGA):
Yvonne S. Thornton (book) and
Jo Coudert (book) ...
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Release Date:
23 February 1997 (USA) See more »
In many ways "The Ditchdigger's Daughters" adheres to the well worn path of a genre best described as the black struggle in an injust white America... See more » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Carl Lumbly ... Donald Thornton

Dulé Hill ... Young Donald

Victoria Dillard ... Tass

Shelley Robertson ... Donna

Monique Coleman ... Young Donna

Kimberly Elise ... Jeanette

Rae'Ven Larrymore Kelly ... Young Jeanette (as Raeven Kelly)

Rosalyn Coleman ... Yvonne
Jameelah Nuriddin ... Young Yvonne

Monica Calhoun ... Linda
Malaika Jabali ... Young Linda
Erika L. Heard ... Rita
Kiara Tucker ... Young Rita

Denice Sealy ... Betty (as Denice J. Sealy)
Niaja Cotton ... Young Betty
Lynne Moody ... Kathryn

April Turner ... Yvette (as April C. Turner)
Robin Michelle McClamb ... Joy (as Robin Vaughn)

Saycon Sengbloh ... Kimberly
Lou Criscuolo ... Vince Calabretta
Beron Toster ... Marvin

General Fermon Judd Jr. ... Earl

Joanne Pankow ... Miss Wainbright
Tyhm Kennedy ... Laborer #1

Richard K. Olsen ... Loan officer
Suellen Yates ... Teacher #1

Tammy Arnold ... Teacher #2
Gray Sibley ... Truant officer
Charlie Lucas ... Stage manager
Granoldo Frazier ... Master of ceremonies
Christina Ryals ... Student

William Flaman ... Record producer (as Bill Flaman)
Ruth Reid ... Counselor
Rene Minniefee ... Eddie
Marvin Daye ... Laborer #2
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Directed by
Johnny E. Jensen 
Writing credits
Yvonne S. Thornton (book "The Ditch Digger's Daughters") (as Yvonne S. Thornton M.D.) and
Jo Coudert (book "The Ditch Digger's Daughters")

Paris Qualles (written by)

Produced by
James Manos Jr. .... executive producer
Paris Qualles .... executive producer
Lulu Zezza .... line producer
Original Music by
Phil Marshall 
Cinematography by
Fernando Argüelles 
Film Editing by
Allan Holzman 
Casting by
Jaki Brown 
Robyn M. Mitchell 
Production Design by
David Chapman 
Art Direction by
Linwood Taylor 
Set Decoration by
Burton Rencher 
Costume Design by
Alonzo Wilson 
Makeup Department
Linda Kamp .... assistant makeup artist
Ted Long .... key hair stylist
Laini Thompson .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Tom Treloggen .... unit production manager
Dale Williams .... production supervisor
Wes Irwin .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy M. Bourne .... first assistant director
Rick Clark .... second assistant director
Art Department
John France .... set dresser
Tom Jones Jr. .... construction coordinator
Randy Kenan .... mill foreman
Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur .... property master (as 'Tantar' Leviseur)
Sound Department
C. Douglas Cameron .... boom operator
Dan Giannattasio .... cableperson
Carl Rudisill .... sound mixer (as Carl S. Rudisill)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chip Hackler .... additional camera operator
Adam Hinson .... electrician
Robert Hoelen .... key grip (as Robert G. Hoelen)
Cristiano Palermi .... lighting technician
Tommy Ray Sullivan .... gaffer (as Tommy Sullivan)
Dan Turek .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Francine Decoursey .... location casting: North Carolina
Mark Fincannon .... location casting
Susan D. Fowler .... casting assistant
Emily Young Keeley .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cameron Doyle .... set costumer
Lisa A. Doyle .... wardrobe (as Lisa Doyle)
Amanda Zenil .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Alicia Hirsch .... executive in charge of post-production
Jimmy Sandoval .... assistant editor
Music Department
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor (as Tom Carlson)
Tim Jaquette .... score mixer
Bill Pearson .... assistant music editor
William Pearson .... orchestrator
Lonnie Sill .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Edwin Bowden Jr. .... driver
Robin Drinkwater .... driver
Neil Hyman .... transportation coordinator (as Neil A. Hyman)
Other crew
Scott Carter .... assistant: Paris Qualles
Louis F. DiFelice .... location manager (as Louis Difelice)
Chad Graves .... set production assistant
Jennifer Jenkins .... assistant: James Manos Jr.
Patt Noday .... location scout
Thom Rainey .... script supervisor
Ryan Schaetzle .... location assistant
Zac Sherman .... production assistant
Erik Whitestone .... production production assistant (as Eric Whitestone)
Pamela Williamson .... first assistant accountant
Anne Wilson .... production accountant

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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Excellent film, 5 April 2006
Author: stork1947 from New York, New York

The book is better, but this movie captures the struggles of an American family (who happens to be black). The strict, yet loving father figure is riveting and the accomplishments of his daughters are amazing. I wish they developed the characters of each girl a little more. The emphasis of intergenerational conflict hampers the message of persistence and survival in a world that is dismissive toward women. One can only imagine the uphill battles that were encountered in trying to raise and educate six girls in the 50s and 60s. The movie only glances over that. However, the last scene with the daughters carrying their father's casket to his final resting place is heart- rendering. Great flick!

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