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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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Skinnin' a Cat
Music by Gary Geld
Lyrics by Peter Udell
Sung by Sherman Hemsley
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3 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beautiful taping of a ground breaking musical comedy. Rhythm and blues elements are mixed with traditional American theater music to produce a show which can satisfy all. The surprisingly complex and rich score is by Geld and Udell, a pair of pop songsmiths famous for "Sealed with a Kiss" and the Carpenters' "Hurting Each Other". Geld and Udell later wrote very satisfying theater scores for "Shenandoah" and "Angel". This is the show which made stars out of Melba Moore, Cleavon Little, and Sherman Helmsley. Robert Guilliame replaces Little, and is an effective substitute. Moore's "I Got Love" is a show stopper! A must see for musical theater buffs.


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