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Sister, Sister (1982)

Maya Angelou's story of the family stresses that occur when an older sister (Diahann Carroll) attempts to maintain a home, left by her revered father, in an ultra-moralistic way (regardless... See full summary »


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Maya Angelou
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Complete credited cast:
Diahann Carroll ... Carolyne Lovejoy
Rosalind Cash ... Freida Lovejoy Burton
Irene Cara ... Sissy Lovejoy
Paul Winfield ... Eddie Craven
Dick Anthony Williams ... Reverend Richard Henderson
Robert Hooks ... Harry Burton
Diana Douglas ... Rhoda
E. Lamont Johnson E. Lamont Johnson ... Tommy (as Lamont Johnson)
Kristoff St. John ... Danny Burton
Albert Popwell ... The Drunk
Frances E. Williams Frances E. Williams ... Mother Bishop
Alvin Childress Alvin Childress ... Mister Jacobs
Gloria Edwards Gloria Edwards ... Mrs. Henderson


Maya Angelou's story of the family stresses that occur when an older sister (Diahann Carroll) attempts to maintain a home, left by her revered father, in an ultra-moralistic way (regardless of the fact that she is secretly having an affair with the married preacher). Nevertheless, her uptight need to maintain a sense of propriety of course goes against the wishes of her much younger sister (Irene Cara) who, as an accomplished ice skater, is striving for her own independence. And if this isn't enough, into it is suddenly thrust a third sister (Rosalind Cash), who is a single mother with a pre-teen son, who "comes home" with her boy after living for years in the ghettos of Detroit. And because she is the complete antithesis of her older sister in morals and deportment, she immediately sides with her younger sister against the strictures set down in the home. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Drama | Family







Release Date:

7 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Encontro de Família See more »

Filming Locations:

Montgomery, Alabama, USA

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(FMC Library Print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Filmed in 1979, but not aired until 1982. See more »


Freida Lovejoy Burton: [all three coming down the stairs] I thought it would be good for Danny, but he hates it.
Carolyne Lovejoy: He hasn't even given it a chance.
Freida Lovejoy Burton: Now Caroline, I Know my son. He's been on his best behavior. He thinks you don't like him. It's awful to grow up in a house where you're disliked.
Sissy Lovejoy: Don't I know it.
Carolyne Lovejoy: What do you mean by that?
Sissy Lovejoy: You never liked me.
Carolyne Lovejoy: I raised you, Sissy. Do you remember what Papa always used to say?
Sissy Lovejoy: What?
Carolyne Lovejoy: There's nothing more important in a family of nations than the love and care of your own ...
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Referenced in Boy Meets World: Brother Brother (1996) See more »

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Powerful saga of a family struggle
23 January 1999 | by badman-2See all my reviews

Entertaining TV-movie (very playlike) about a family shackled by moralistic beliefs. Diahann Carroll is effective as the protagonist and Rosalind Cash is better as the prodigal daughter. Carroll and Cash light up the screen and make this worth watching. This is isn't a heavyweight drama but it's good. Check it out!!!

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