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The Women of Brewster Place 

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1989)
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Based on the novel by Gloria Naylor, which deals with several strong-willed women who live in a rundown housing project on Brewster Place in an unidentified eastern city; across three ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
Oprah Winfrey ...  Mattie Michael 2 episodes, 1989
Mary Alice ...  Fannie Michael 2 episodes, 1989
Olivia Cole ...  Miss Sophie 2 episodes, 1989
Robin Givens ...  Kiswana / ... 2 episodes, 1989
Moses Gunn ...  Ben 2 episodes, 1989
Jackée Harry ...  Etta Mae Johnson 2 episodes, 1989
Paula Kelly ...  Theresa 2 episodes, 1989
Leon ...  Abshu 2 episodes, 1989
Lonette McKee ...  Lorraine 2 episodes, 1989
Barbara Montgomery ...  Miss Eva Turner 2 episodes, 1989
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney ...  Cora Lee 2 episodes, 1989
Lynn Whitfield ...  Ciel 2 episodes, 1989
Paul Winfield ...  Sam Michael 2 episodes, 1989
William Allen Young ...  Eugene 2 episodes, 1989
Cicely Tyson ...  Mrs. Browne 2 episodes, 1989
Bruce Beatty ...  Crony 2 episodes, 1989
Vivian Bonnell ...  Black Woman 2 episodes, 1989
William Frankfather ...  Judge 2 episodes, 1989
Montrose Hagins ...  Mourner 2 episodes, 1989
Jinaki Jinaki ...  Tenant #3 2 episodes, 1989
Clark Johnson ...  Butch Fuller 2 episodes, 1989
Homeselle Joy Homeselle Joy ...  Betina 2 episodes, 1989
Eugene Lee ...  Basil 2 episodes, 1989
Bebe Drake ...  Cleo 2 episodes, 1989
Molly McClure ...  White Woman 2 episodes, 1989
Glenn Plummer ...  C.C. Baker 2 episodes, 1989
Veronica Redd Veronica Redd ...  Tenant #2 2 episodes, 1989
Roxanne Reese Roxanne Reese ...  Alfreda 2 episodes, 1989
Adrian Ricard Adrian Ricard ...  Tenant #4 2 episodes, 1989
Ta-Tanisha Ta-Tanisha ...  Tenant #1 2 episodes, 1989
Douglas Turner Ward Douglas Turner Ward ...  Reverend Woods 2 episodes, 1989
Charles Weldon ...  Tenant #5 2 episodes, 1989
Samm-Art Williams Samm-Art Williams ...  Cecil Garvin 2 episodes, 1989
Vanessa Bell Armstrong Vanessa Bell Armstrong ...  Gospel Singer 2 episodes, 1989
Jonathan 'Fudge' Leonard Jonathan 'Fudge' Leonard ...  Brucie 2 episodes, 1989
Maya Leonard Maya Leonard ...  Diedre 2 episodes, 1989
Phill Lewis ...  Bottom 2 episodes, 1989
Ray Oliver Ray Oliver ...  Cab Driver 2 episodes, 1989
Eddie Palmer Eddie Palmer ...  Little Basil (age 5) 2 episodes, 1989
Bee-Be Smith ...  Hippolyta 2 episodes, 1989
Ebonie Smith ...  Little Ciel (age 7) 2 episodes, 1989
Sheekeena Smith Sheekeena Smith ...  Girl on Skates 2 episodes, 1989
Larenz Tate ...  Sammy 2 episodes, 1989
Geoffrey Thorne ...  Theseus 2 episodes, 1989
Paul Williams Paul Williams ...  Teenage Guy 2 episodes, 1989
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Based on the novel by Gloria Naylor, which deals with several strong-willed women who live in a rundown housing project on Brewster Place in an unidentified eastern city; across three decades, they struggle against poverty, bigotry, and weak, troublesome men. Written by mts77

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Seven Women. Seven Lives Hanging in the Balance.

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This is the second film Lynn Whitfield played William Allen Young's wife. The first movie was Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI (1986). See more »

Goofs

When Theresa is throwing the meatloaf ingredients at Miss Sophie's window, we see her hold up a jar of olives and its liquid. But when she throws it at the window and it shatters, there is no liquid shown. See more »

Quotes

Etta Mae: [re babies] All yours. Built-in heartache for the next twenty years!
Mattie Michael: [reprovingly] Etta...
Etta Mae: Now me, when I want ready-made trouble, I dig up a handsome man. No diapers to change, and I walk when I'm ready.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Shia LaBeouf/Avril Lavigne (2007) See more »

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Excellent movie. Jackee shines over Oprah!
25 May 1999 | by eric-144See all my reviews

Excellent drama about a group of women living in an apartment building. This explores all their lives and shows how everyone is struggling through something. jackee comes out the best! This movie is dramatic, hilarious and heartbreaking. Such lines as "You shoulda thoughta that before you started breeding em like roaches!" and Jackee's one liners during the tenants meeting had me laughing out loud. Highly recommended!!!!!!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1989 (USA) See more »

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As Mulheres de Brewster Place See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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