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Purlie (1981)

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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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Gitlow Judson
Rhetta Hughes ...
Missy
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Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins
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Idella Landy
Brandon Maggart ...
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Charlie Cotchipee
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Sister Hopkins
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Loretta Abbot
Brenda Braxton
P.L. Brown
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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The Barrels of War / The Unborn Love
Music by Gary Geld
Lyrics by Peter Udell
Sung by Don Scardino
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Loved it to pieces....literally!
27 August 2003 | by (East Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this on PBS and made a copy,and watched it until the tape broke! Unfortunately, this is not available on DVD, and a VHS copy is incredibly expensive to buy.

Written by the late Ossie Davis, the story takes place a long time ago. Purlie (Robert Guillaume)is determined to get his mother's money from IL' Cap'n (Brandon Maggart) to buy Big Bethel, a church that IL' Cap'n wants gone. Knowing the problem he faces, he uses Lutibelle (Melba Moore)because she's a look-alike to a long-lost relative. With the help of Gitlow (Sherman Hemsley), Purlie manages to get his plan in motion, but not without a few stumbling blocks.

The songs are great and Melba Moore steals the show (And has a great set of pipes, too!)


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