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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.

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... Earl
Claudia McNeil ... Mu' Dear
... Netta
Louise Stubbs ... Mama Rose
... Billie Jean
Gloria Edwards ... Norma
Rhetta Greene ... Ruth Ann (as Loretta Greene)
... Netta's mother
Kent Martin ... Herbert
Gertrude Jeannette ... Sister Jenkins
Carl Byrd
Damu King
Erik Kilpatrick
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 »

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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 »

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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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Chock-Lite Puddin'
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Written by Ray Shanklin and Merl Saunders
Organ: Merl Saunders
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Well acted adaptation of stage play
18 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Black Girl, originally a play by Texas born writer J. E. Franklin, was adapted for the screen by Franklin and directed by the great Ossie Davis. The result is a stagey but effective extended family drama, with three sisters (Gloria Edwards, Loretta Greene, and Peggy Pettit) plotting against the successful adopted fourth daughter (Leslie Uggams). Brock Peters is top-billed as the father of the girls, but his performance is little more than a glorified cameo, and it's up to the women to carry the show. Most effective are Greene, as the pregnant middle daughter, Louise Stubbs as the mother, and Claudia McNeill as the grandmother and matriarch of the family. Less effective is Uggams, whose droopy eyed look simply doesn't evince much sympathy, and Edwards, who is over the top at times as the eldest and meanest sibling. There's a brief non-speaking appearance by Mrs. Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and a sterling performance by an uncredited gentlemen who plays Mr. Herbert, a boarder who has shacked up with McNeill's character. This film is all about the characters, and there are some meaty scenes, especially when Uggams returns home from college unannounced. The film was clearly a labour of love, and all things considered, is a simple but solid effort, quite moving at times and generally effective.


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