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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979)

Based on writer Maya Angelou's childhood, this story is about a young girl in the South who is sent to live with her grandmother after her parents divorce.

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Fielder Cook

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Maya Angelou (book), Maya Angelou | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Benjamin ... Freeman
Diahann Carroll ... Vivian
Ruby Dee ... Grandmother Baxter
Roger E. Mosley ... Bailey Sr.
Esther Rolle ... Momma
Madge Sinclair ... Miss Flowers
Constance Good Constance Good ... Maya
John Driver John Driver ... Bailey Jr. (as John M. Driver II)
Sonny Jim Gaines Sonny Jim Gaines ... Uncle Willie
Art Evans ... Principal
J. Don Ferguson ... Mr. Donleavy
Georgia Allen Georgia Allen ... Mrs. Gurney
Darleen Taylor Darleen Taylor ... 1st Girl
Darryl Antony Williams Darryl Antony Williams ... Tommy Valdon (as Darryl Williams)
Tonea Stewart ... Lillie (as Tommie Stewart)
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A true story based on the early life of actress, professor and author Maya Angelou. The story traces her life from when she and her brother move in with her mother to the trauma of being raped as a little girl by one of her mother's boyfriends and the several years of silence that came after the attack. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miksi häkkilintu laulaa See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississippi, USA

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Production Co:

Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Worst Adaptation ever
28 November 2005 | by IdiotParanoiaSee all my reviews

I had to read I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing in my English class and we watched the movie after finishing it. After watching the movie, I regret seeing. It completely took away any of the impact the book had. The scenes made no sense in their sequences, the acting was horrible, and it seemed as though the screen writer never actually picked up the book but opted for the cliff notes instead. I was outraged at how the movie ended. Almost half of the book was cut out and certain aspects were extremely important to Maya's growth as a person. If you have read ...Caged Birds, this movie will ruin the experience of the book so I warn you not to see it.


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