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Amazing Grace (1974)

G | | Comedy | 30 August 1974 (USA)
An elderly woman in a Baltimore neighborhood finds out that a somewhat slow-witted neighbor is being put up for local office by some shady politicians who have no interest in their ... See full summary »

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Stan Lathan

Writer:

Matt Robinson
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Cast

Cast overview:
Moms Mabley ... Grace
Slappy White ... Forthwith Wilson
Rosalind Cash ... Creola Waters
Moses Gunn ... Welton J. Waters
James Karen ... Annenberg
George Lee Miles ... Blaney
Gary Bolling Gary Bolling ... William
Dolph Sweet ... Mayor Scott
Jon Richards Jon Richards ... Train Conductor
Stepin Fetchit ... Cousin Lincoln
Butterfly McQueen ... Clarine
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An elderly woman in a Baltimore neighborhood finds out that a somewhat slow-witted neighbor is being put up for local office by some shady politicians who have no interest in their neighborhood but are interested in getting their hands on the money that comes into it. She gets some neighborhood people together and together they plan to thwart the politicians' schemes. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Who's Comin' to Put an End to Dirty Tricks, Crooked Politicians and Lyin' Mayors! Who? America's Most Glamorous, Sexiest Female Superstar! "Moms" Mabley! It's About Time!

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Comedy

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1974 (USA) See more »

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Csodás kegyelem See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Amazing Grace See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Moms Mabley. See more »

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According to dates on some of the newspapers on which headlines track the progress of the mayoral campaign, it is happening in 1973. Baltimore's had a mayoral election in 1971 and the mayor's term is 4 years, so the next one was in 1975. See more »

Quotes

Grace: A few more days like today and I ain't gonna have no days left at all.
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The producer gratefully acknowledges the cooperation of Morgan State College, Baltimore, Maryland; the sacrifice of two dozen Grade A, USDA-inspected, North Carolina chickens; and a whole batch of blessings from whom all blessings flow; Amen. See more »

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Referenced in Inside the Actors Studio: Eddie Murphy (2006) See more »

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Hey, Big Dancin' Boy
Written by Matt Robinson
Sung by Stepin Fetchit
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Amazing Grace was a nice showcase for Moms Mabley before her untimely passing
25 February 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

In continuing my reviews of African-Americans in film in chronological order for Black History Month, we're once again at 1974 with the second movie in a row that has a supporting role for Rosalind Cash after her appearance in Uptown Saturday Night, Amazing Grace. This movie starred comedienne Moms Mabley as Grace in her only lead role before her untimely death a year later. Though it takes a while, you do get used to the various ways Ms. Mabley expresses herself whether she's happy, sad, or angry. I especially liked her scenes as a maid sneaking behind the current mayor played by Dolph Sweet as he's talking on the telephone and her call to a Clarine played by a welcome movie veteran, Butterfly McQueen at her most endearingly scatterbrained. Another veteran, Stepin Fetchit, also appears as himself as part of Moms' family saying goodbye to her on the train in a clear voice much different from his usual characterization as slow-witted and slow-speaking. Slappy White as Mabley's neighbor Forthwith Wilson is also good especially when he does some of his tap dancing. Moses Gunn brings some depth as the Mayor-to-be Welton J. Waters who learns some lessons from Grace with wife Creola (Cash) also getting a handful from her to Creola's eventual delight. Among white players besides Sweet, James Karen as the crooked campaign manager Annenberg also impresses. Two young adult black players-George Lee Miles and Gary Bolling-also appeared later that year in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. And, to complete my mention of black people involved here, director Stan Lathan is the father of actress Sanaa Lathan and producer/writer Matt Robinson (the original Gordon on "Seseme Street") is the father of actress Holly Robinson Peete. Not quite hilarious but pretty amusing comedy that should at least put a smile on your face even as you see Ms. Mabley at the end in her final close-up as we watch her for the last time...


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