In the early days of the civil rights movement, a Southern plantation owner holds his sharecroppers in virtual slavery. Purlie comes home as a preacher who will shake things up and bring freedom to his people.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Gitlow Judson
Rhetta Hughes ...
Missy
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Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins
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Idella Landy
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Charlie Cotchipee
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Sister Hopkins
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Loretta Abbot
Brenda Braxton
Olivia Detante
Cisco Drayton
Tanya Gibson
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In the early days of the civil rights movement, a Southern plantation owner holds his sharecroppers in virtual slavery. Purlie comes home as a preacher who will shake things up and bring freedom to his people.

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The original Broadway production of "Purlie" opened at the Broadway Theater in New York on March 15, 1970, ran for 688 performances and was nominated for the 1970 Tony Award for the Best Musical. Sherman Hemsley, Melba Moore {Winner of the 1970 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical) and Linda Hopkins recreated their stage roles in this filmed production. See more »

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Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins: [Lutiebelle's just been assaulted by old man Cotchipee] He kissed me!
[points to her cheek]
Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins: Right here.
Missy: Right where?
Gitlow Judson: Oh, Missy, for Pete's sake!
Purlie Victorious Judson: He kissed my woman, Gitlow. He kissed the woman I love!
Gitlow Judson: So what?
Purlie Victorious Judson: So, what do you mean "so what?" Ain't no man kisses the woman I love and lives!
[Gitlow laughs uproariously at this]
Purlie Victorious Judson: That's right, you go ahead and laugh.
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Version of Gone Are the Days! (1963) See more »

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God's Alive
Music by Gary Geld
Lyrics by Peter Udell
Sung by Don Scardino
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Purlie
31 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What I wouldn't give to once again see the play, "Purlie." My family spent many hours watching our tape of Purlie. Unforutnately, our VHS version did not withstand the test of time. If anyone has a copy that could be redistributed, we would all greatly appreciate it and benefit. Please, someone hear all of our calls. With so many negative films being watched today, it would be good to once again see Purlie and view the awesome talents of all of the actors in this wonderful play. Melba Moore and the cast did a superb job! Recently I purchased a copy of the musical score from Purlie and I still remember all of the wonderful songs and was able to sing along. Surely, one of the actors or producers of this great production has a copy that can be put into DVD format for today's audience to view. Hopefully, someone will come forward very soon.


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