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Minstrel Man (1977)

Two black brothers in a traveling minstrel show in the early part of the century have two different goals. One brother is determined to succeed in a field that is dominated by white ... See full summary »


William A. Graham


Esther Shapiro, Richard Alan Shapiro (as Richard A. Shapiro)
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynn Turman ... Harry Brown Jr.
Ted Ross ... Charlie Bates
Tonea Stewart ... Carla
Stanley Bennett Clay ... Rennie Brown (as Stanley Clay)
S. Pearl Sharp S. Pearl Sharp ... Jesamine (as Saundra Sharp)
Art Evans ... Tambo
Gene Bell Gene Bell ... Harry Brown Sr. - Fat Man
Earl Billings ... George
Anthony Amos Anthony Amos ... Young Harry Jr.
Amechi Uzodinma Amechi Uzodinma ... Young Rennie
Arthur Rooks Arthur Rooks ... Robert
Carol Sutton ... Tess
Wilbur Swartz Wilbur Swartz ... Tobias Finch
Robert Earle Robert Earle ... Oliver Turpin
Don Lutenbacher Don Lutenbacher ... Carmichael


Two black brothers in a traveling minstrel show in the early part of the century have two different goals. One brother is determined to succeed in a field that is dominated by white performers in blackface, and the other is a composer fighting to break away from the stereotypes associated with black minstrel performers. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

2 March 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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An Inspiring film that is NOT "lost".
5 August 2007 | by fenton-jaySee all my reviews

I've read a number of comments here on the IMDb about the 1977 MINSTREL MAN being "lost". I'm unsure about Mr. Cosby's involvement, but I doubt he would try to suppress a film that has an undeniably positive view of African-Americans, especially with that extraordinary and uplifting ending.

The original producing company, Viacom (assuming they still hold the copyright) is still in existence and highly successful. Even if it has lost the copyright, I can guarantee you that this film does indeed exist and is not "lost". Why it hasn't been made available to the public via DVD is probably because few people know about it. It is after all thirty years old this year-----------and most people aren't interested in a film-----------let alone a TV film---------that is older than a year or so.

I agree with the posters who say this is one of televisions finest moments, and hopefully someday it will become available to all of you.

Jay Allan Fenton

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