6.6/10
494
9 user

Before Women Had Wings (1997)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 2 November 1997
A black woman helps a white girl cope with her father's suicide and escape her alcoholic mother's abuse.

Director:

Reviews
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

There Are No Children Here (TV Movie 1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

From Publishers Weekly The devastating story of brothers Lafayette and Pharoah Rivers, children of the Chicago ghetto, is powerfully told here by Kotlowitz, a Wall Street Journal reporter ... See full summary »

Director: Anita W. Addison
Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Keith David, Mark Lane
Mermaids (1990)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.

Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder
Wicked (1998)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

14-year-old Ellie Christianson wants to make her father Ben her love partner. And when her mother Karen turns up dead, Ellie has a good opportunity.

Director: Michael Steinberg
Stars: Julia Stiles, Louise Myrback, William R. Moses
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two businesswomen bond and reveal their inner natures while getting carried away on a revenge attack against an accused rapist.

Director: Patrick Stettner
Stars: Stockard Channing, Julia Stiles, Frederick Weller
The '60s (TV Movie 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Herlihys are a working class family from Chicago whose three children take wildly divergent paths: Brian joins the Marines right out of High School and goes to Vietnam, Michael becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Piznarski
Stars: Josh Hamilton, Julia Stiles, Jerry O'Connell
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Prep school student Daisy and her European-born grandmother Nana share the sad stories of their lives: Daisy tells Nana of her romance with young Ethan and problems in school because she's ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Hopkins
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Claire Danes, Jude Law
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
Glory Marie Jackson
...
Avocet Abigail 'Bird' Jackson
...
Phoebe Jackson
...
Billy Jackson
...
Louis Ippolito
...
Hank Jackson
...
L.J. Ippolito
David Hart ...
Sheriff
Edit

Storyline

Alcoholic Billy reflects on his country-music career that never happened and beats his wife Glory Marie, also a drunk. Grown-up son Hank has moved away, but teenaged Phoebe and sensitive nine-year-old Bird have to live in the bleak alcoholic atmosphere. Problems escalate after a tragic event. The three females move into a trailer where the girls are subjected to a torrent of abuse from their mom. Fortunately, benign Miss Zora appears like a guardian angel to lift their spirits. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

alcoholism | child abuse | 1960s | See All (3) »

Taglines:

One of them brought her into this world. The other gave her life.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Before Women Had Wings  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Brilliant is the only word I can sum it up with
29 August 2004 | by (Luton, England) – See all my reviews

This film was just magical! It was made up of most Tragedies young people go through in the world today. I think the name of the movie is fantastic aswell. Because it fits the end of the story, that you can fly away from your troubles. It definitely one that is worth watching and if you liked this one you should watch where the heart is because its more or less similar. Two young sisters watch their abusive father beat up their mother for the slightest thing. Soon he kills himself and the 3 girls move away. But the mother develops a drinking problem and takes everything out on her two young daughters. One of the young daughters starts visiting a black woman in secret as her mother is set against it. Can Miss Zora help the mother put her life back on track?


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?