The Wedding (1998)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  22 February 1998 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meade Howell
Corinne Coles
Lute McNeil
Clark Coles
Ellen Coles
Liz Odis
Lincoln Odis
Gram (Miss Caroline)
Ethel Ayler ...
Isaac Coles
Carl Gordon ...
Mr. Hawkins


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22 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Wedding  »

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Corinne Coles: You've undermined me all my life. You've only loved part of me, and that's not enough.
Gram: How can... how can you say that? I... I dedicated my life to you.
Corinne Coles: You've always measured me by your standards. My mother was never happy because of you. I married for the wrong reasons, because for you.
Gram: Talk... all this talk is nonsense. You should be thinking about Shelby's wedding.
Corinne Coles: My life is falling apart. My husband is leaving me.
Gram: I don't want to think about that. I can't... I can't think about that.
Corinne Coles: You ...
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Factual representation of African-American life
4 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Wedding (1998) was a fine attempt to bring to life a brilliant book. Although I understand that Oprah Winfrey may have wanted to have "stars" in her movie, aesthetically they just don't fit. The book states again and again that the Coles family could have "passed" for white had they wanted to. There is a very important part of the book that describes the day Shelby got lost and everyone (read: white) thought they were looking for a little "colored" girl and therefore it couldn't be this beautiful BLUE-EYED, BLOND-HAIRED, little girl...until she tells them her name, and then they're horrified.

Although I think this cast did a wonderful job, I can't help but be bothered by the blatant disregard for a major plot point in Dorothy West's novel. That being said, if the viewer is aware beforehand, I think this movie is worth seeing simply because there are so few factual representations of African-Americans in the media. I know many African-American families that live and act as the Coles family does; I have yet to meet an African-American family that lives or acts the way the Parkers do.

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