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Black Girl (1972)

PG | | Drama | 9 November 1972 (USA)
An aspiring dancer and her wicked sisters resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.

Director:

Ossie Davis

Writers:

J.E. Franklin (play), J.E. Franklin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brock Peters ... Earl
Claudia McNeil ... Mu' Dear
Leslie Uggams ... Netta
Louise Stubbs Louise Stubbs ... Mama Rose
Peggy Pettit ... Billie Jean
Gloria Edwards Gloria Edwards ... Norma
Rhetta Greene Rhetta Greene ... Ruth Ann (as Loretta Greene)
Ruby Dee ... Netta's mother
Kent Martin Kent Martin ... Herbert
Gertrude Jeannette Gertrude Jeannette ... Sister Jenkins
Carl Byrd Carl Byrd
Damu King Damu King
Erik Kilpatrick Erik Kilpatrick
Morris Buchanan
Bob Harris Bob Harris ... Ernie
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An aspiring dancer and her wicked sisters resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.

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She's got to cut it... or cut out. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1972 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Goofs

When Netta is talking to Ruth Ann about "white boys at college", she crosses her arms. The camera angle shifts to the opposite side of her and she crosses them again although she had not previously uncrossed them. See more »

Quotes

Mama Rose: Billie Jean, have you started this mess yet?
Billie Jean: I just worked three nights.
Mama Rose: Well, how come I'm just now hearing about it?
Norma: I thought she had done told you about it, Mama. It's a job. I didn't see no reason for her to be hiding no job unless it's something else she doing.
Billie Jean: I was gonna tell you, Mama.
Mama Rose: [almost mocking her] Well, you were gonna tell me?
Billie Jean: After I got my first week's pay and...
Mama Rose: You ain't gonna see no week at that place, Billie Jean! Now you know I don't approve of that... that dancing mess ...
[...]
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Sister
Written by Ed Bogas (uncredited) and Jesse Osborne (uncredited)
Sung by Walter Hawkins
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This Movie Was A Trip!!
5 August 2005 | by alis072See all my reviews

Loved it! Loved it! Were some of the best movies made in the 1970's or what? The characters in this film were so real and foul-mouthed, it moved me. I was just a baby when this movie was made, but I could relate to the story. I caught the second half of this movie and could not move, it was so entertaining and well written. This is the type of movie our culture lacks today- Content. I have to have this movie in my DVD collection! I really would like to see more movies like this in theaters and on television. There was an underlying message amidst the great acting skills of the characters. My favorite characters were Norma and Billie Jean. I gotta see this movie again to catch the first half and get the overall message...


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