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Writer (WGA):
Shauneille Perry (teleplay)
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Release Date:
25 April 2001 (USA) See more »
4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Phylicia Rashad ... Elizabeth

Debbie Allen ... Quilly (nee 'Queen Esther')

Bumper Robinson ... Husband
Eartha Robinson ... Lula Mae

Crystal R. Fox ... Lou Bessie (segment "Charmaine") (as Crystal Fox)

Paul Mooney ... Man At Counter

Randy J. Goodwin ... Bucket

Ella Joyce ... Waitress
Steven Smith ... Herman

Michael Ralph ... Speaker
Bebe Drake ... Geneva
Steven Smith
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kelli Dawn Hancock ... Dancer

Kimo Keoke ... Swing Dancer
DeVonda Manghane ... Dancer
Boce Robinson Mitchell ... Rosalie
Christian Payton ... Christian

Melissa Haizlip ... Swing Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Debbie Allen 
Writing credits
Shauneille Perry (teleplay)

Produced by
Debbie Allen .... executive producer
Simon Edery .... producer
Karen Robinson Hunte .... executive producer
Mary Mazur .... executive producer
Phylicia Rashad .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dwight Douglas Andrews  (as Dwight D. Andrews)
Cinematography by
John Simmons  (as John W. Simmons)
Film Editing by
Lillian Benson  (as Lillian E. Benson)
Casting by
Chris Gray  (as Christopher Gray)
Production Design by
John Iacovelli 
Art Direction by
Christopher Brown 
John Retsek 
Pete Washburn 
Set Decoration by
Jason Howard 
Costume Design by
Patricia Zinn Etheridge 
Mary Lane 
Marilyn Matthews 
Makeup Department
Louisa V. Anthony .... key hair stylist
C. Romania Ford .... makeup department head
Brigitte Hennech .... day player makeup artist
Production Management
Bettina Bennewitz .... production supervisor
Simon Edery .... unit production manager
Kim Smith .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Lisa Dent .... assistant art director
Rob Drake .... carpenter
Jo McGinley .... assistant to art director
Bill Wall .... property master
Sound Department
Tom Ancell .... sound mixer
Peter Bergren .... sound effects editor
Doug Davey .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Elam .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Ewing .... supervising sound editor
Chris Haire .... sound re-recording mixer
Ralph Lopez .... audio assist
Richard Morrison .... sound re-recording mixer
Yasmin Muniz .... boom operator
George Wycoff .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Bandy .... lighting director
Michelle Crenshaw .... assistant camera
Todd Dos Reis .... camera operator
Wayne Norman .... camera operator
Edwin Schiernecker .... gaffer
Cory Shiozaki .... assistant camera
Roland Simmons .... best boy electric
David Terry .... grip
Editorial Department
Scott Klein .... colorist
Kimberleigh Smith .... assistant editor
Music Department
Mike Post .... composer: theme song
Other crew
Gordon Bell .... technical director
Stuart Erwin Jr. .... executive consultant (as Stu Erwin)
Simone Farber .... stage manager
Dwight Johnson .... production assistant
Yvonne Johnson .... rights and clearances
Dan Lichtenstein .... assistant production coordinator
Paul Overacker .... technical director
Jacobs Rahi .... title designer
Lina Shanklin .... script supervisor
Roger Terracina .... production coordinator
Ryan Westheimer .... production coordinator

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Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen who play sisters in the movie, are sisters in real life.See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Loved it., 12 May 2001
Author: Mag-13 from northern Virginia

I saw this film of a story written by Willa Cather twice on the local black public television network, out of Howard University. I wish I'd stayed to watch the credits, but I do know the names of two of the actors: Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen play sisters who, with several of their neighbors, move to Harlem from South Carolina to change their lives. Some of them change their names, but none of them changes his personality.

Forty-something and terminally spinstered Rashad rents out a room in her Harlem home to a young man, named "Husband," from back home. They soon fall in love and he convinces her and the viewer that he is not like the other emigrants who have fallen into a life of drugs, theft and prostitution.

Rashad and Allen show us black people as whites rarely see them in films: thoughtful, conservative, human.

I don't know if you could rent this film, but it's worth seeing. And I don't know why IMDB doesn't have more information on it.


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