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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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Credited cast:
Sam Benford Sam Benford ... Self - Bass Guitarist
Banon Buchanan Banon Buchanan ... Self - Drummer
Delois Barrett Campbell Delois Barrett Campbell ... Self
Frank Campbell Frank Campbell ... Self (as Rev. Frank Campbell)
Lee Cochran Lee Cochran ... Self - Pianist
Gene Cooper Gene Cooper ... Self - Organist
Thomas A. Dorsey Thomas A. Dorsey ... Self
Geneva Gentry Geneva Gentry ... Self
Billie Barrett GreenBey Billie Barrett GreenBey ... Self
Columbus Gregory Columbus Gregory ... Self
Gregory Haynes Gregory Haynes ... Self - Guitarist
Sallie Martin ... Self
Edgar O'Neal Edgar O'Neal ... Self
Edward O'Neal Edward O'Neal ... Self
Charles Pikes Charles Pikes ... Self - Pianist
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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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The Best Movie/Documentary That was ever made
26 April 2008 | by lblocktonSee all my reviews

Just wanted to say this movie/documentary was on last Sunday, April 20, 2008 and I had not seen it in years. Oh! what a joy it was to see it again. Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith is absolutely wonderful and her performances speaks for it self. What a lady she was & what a voice. The movie @ times is very funny especially the scenes with old "crusty" Sallie Martin & Mother Smith discussing when the 1st convention was and the look Mother Smith gives is to funny. The scenes in St. Louis, Mo are so familiar to me since I was born and raised in St. Louis. The scenes at the old Union Station (I remember when it was run down and dilapidated like that) and I later worked there after they remodeled it @ the Omni/Hyatt Hotel, and I also visited the church where they had the tribute to Mother Smith. My favorite parts are Delois Barret Campbell and her sisters singing and the scene with her selfish husband, Mother Smith @ the nursing home singing (her daughter Bertha could really belt out the tunes on that old piano), Mother Smith singing with her children "I'll Never Turn Back" and the scene at the end is the most poignant of all when Mother Smith sings the finale. Oh! overtone I hear her singing that song talking about being moved, the holy spirit gets in me and the tears flow and flow and I get so happy. I recommend that if you ever are feeling low, sad or lonely, buy or rent this movie and I am sure you will feel 100% better.

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11 March 1983 (USA) See more »

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