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Say Amen, Somebody (1982)

Documentary about the American gospel music scene, focusing on two of the movement's pioneering forces, Thomas A. Dorsey and Willie May Ford Smith.
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Delois Barrett Campbell ... Herself
Thomas A. Dorsey ... Himself
Billie Barrett GreenBey ... Herself
... Herself
Edward O'Neal ... Himself
Rodessa Barrett Porter ... Herself
Zella Jackson Price ... Herself
Bertha Smith ... Herself
Michael Keith Smith ... Herself
Willie May Ford Smith ... Herself
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Documentary about the American gospel music scene, focusing on two of the movement's pioneering forces, Thomas A. Dorsey and Willie May Ford Smith.

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Say Amen Somebody!!!
26 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this movie on Bravo or A&E and was instantly captivated. I found it a year or so later on VHS and almost wore the tape out. I showed it to as many of my friends and family who would watch it. I am elated to finally see it released on DVD with bonus material and an accompanying soundtrack CD. This is my favorite movie/documentary of all time, bar none. It inspires me, and moves me. People don't sing like that anymore. Mother Willie May Ford Smith is absolutely a joy to listen to and watch. All of the persons featured are amazing. I just wish I could have heard Mother Smith in her prime. Mr. Dorsey is the Father of Gospel and I loved watching him sing and talk. This is Gospel 101. Everyone who aspires to be a Gospel singer should watch this. Everyone who loves history/music should watch this. It is a Master's Class in performance. Enjoy.


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