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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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Storyline

An aspiring dancer and her wicked sisters resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.

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She's a black girl ...your girl See more »

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Drama

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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 Mama Rose takes her "change" from the collection plate, she drops bills on the floor. Even though her daughter, possibly just by human instinct, points to them, she does not pick them up. See more »

Quotes

Mu' Dear: Rosie, sure enough Billie Jean is your child but I got the feeling you're wrong.
Mama Rose: You're a lie!
Mu' Dear: You ain't never in your life called me a lie and God's gonna whip you for that when you're laying in your death bed. God is gonna whip you because I am your mother, Rosie. I am your MOTHER!
Mama Rose: Dear, you don't understand what I've been through with these girls!
Mu' Dear: Rosie, you don't know nothing about nobody in this house because you're so busy trying to save strangers! If anyone tries to touch any of them ...
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Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

No World For Dreamers
Written and Arranged by Ed Bogas
Sung by John Jacob Malone (as J.J. Malone)
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Black Girl
15 June 2007 | by yophiyoSee all my reviews

Just as other writers on this page, I saw this movie on TV One. I caught it in the middle and watched it repeatedly as often as I could. I even would scan through the menu on cable to see when it would come again. But there is a GOD and I have it on DVD!!!! If you email me, I can let you know where I got it. The story is one of the greatest I've ever seen in depicting the human experience, especially in the black community. Whether or not I like the way the characters were depicted at the time, it is/was true of families today. I love this movie!!!!!! I remember seeing the eldest daughter, Norma, in "Which Way is Up?" as Richard Pryor's father's wife (if that makes sense). But I haven't seen any other actors (except Brock Peters) in other films. This movie is truly one of the best and should be discovered by all.


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