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Mama Flora's Family (1998)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  8 November 1998 (USA)
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Mama Flora reflects on her life while trying to help her grand-daughter get her life right and be a better mother for her son. All while bringing the family she has left back together. Movies takes place from the 1910s to the 1970s.

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Mama Flora
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Young Flora
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Willie
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Luke
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Don (Teenager)
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Diana (Teenager) (as Sicily)
Patty Mack ...
Pearl (1913-1919)
Michelle Benjamin Cooper ...
Pearl (1932-1942) (as Michelle Benjamin-Cooper)
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Pearl (1955-1970)
Wesley Yates ...
Booker Palmer (Age 8)
Preston Wigasi Brant ...
Booker Palmer (as Preston Brant)
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Young Willie
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Mama Flora reflects on her life while trying to help her grand-daughter get her life right and be a better mother for her son. All while bringing the family she has left back together. Movies takes place from the 1910s to the 1970s.

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Flora et les siens  »

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When blood covered young Flora goes to pick up her crying baby after his father has been shot, the baby has blood on the bottom of his diaper (and on his body) that was obviously there BEFORE Flora picked him up. See more »

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Too much of a saga without any of the depth of "Queen"
9 August 2001 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews

This mini series, also based on a book by Alex Haley as was `Queen', tried to use similar formulas, that is, constructing a long history following the lives of a family over many years. Whereas in `Queen' the result was masterful, here in Mama Flora the inspiration was lacking. Firstly perhaps in the book itself, and most certainly in this TV production. Too much is put in with too much haste over the years, such that the unfolding saga is shallow, superficial, not nearly so authentic as in `Queen'. Full marks for the scenification in the earlier parts of the film, which was prepared with great care, but as the film progressed it seemed to degenerate into a kind of dallasian-forsythian unpalatable mix in the last third of its three hours or so duration. I had hoped for more; but evidently Haley was less inspired with this tale than his near-biographical `Queen', and Peter Werner III is no match for John Erman. Only recommendable for those who have an appetite for these lengthy tales of generations growing up.


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