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Black Girl (1972)

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 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

Mama Rose: [Billie Jean is sulking in her bedroom. There is a bump at the door] Open this door, girl!
[Billie Jean opens the door to see Mama Rose carrying groceries across the room to the kitchen]
Mama Rose: Billie Jean, ain't I tell you to keep this door open? Now open that other door!
Billie Jean: [opening Kitchen door to let Mama Rose through to set bags on the counter] Oh Mama, sometimes I be in here undressing and Mr. Herbert just walk in here without even knocking.
Mama Rose: [putting groceries away throughout] You don't be undressing ...
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Black Girl
Sung by Betty Everett
Performed by Sonny Stitt (uncredited)
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70's Movie with interesting Family Dynamics
26 June 2006 | by shonsgrannieSee all my reviews

The story has several stories intertwined. It takes place in the 70's as evident by the Afro hairstyles. It's the story of a matriarchal family, which includes Mu'Dear, her daughter and three granddaughters plus an adopted educated daughter. The sisters take ignorance to another level in that they see education and wanting to better oneself as selling out, as in a negative behavior. One sister does not have the same father, but does have a better disposition and career aspirations. The half sister, Billie Jean has aspirations of being a dancer, but her lazy no count sisters don't want her become anything more higher than them. It is truly the epitome of the crabs in the basket syndrome. Mu'Dear and her live in lover provide some much needed wisdom and stability in the family. The sisters envy an adopted sister because she made something of herself. The mother favors this daughter and it creates resentment amongst the sisters. The mother behavior is based upon fear and ignorance. Mrs. Ruby Dee has a special guest role as a woman with mental problems and the mother of the adopted daughter. I was interested in the actors and was very sad that pictures and more biographical information was not available on some of the characters. Brock Peters has an interesting role as the father of two of the sisters. He unsuccessfully tries to reunite with his family. It is a good movie to see as it shows how we have evolved in subject matter, movie directing and production.


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