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Sudie and Simpson (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 11 September 1990
Sudie and Simpson, Louis Gossett, Jr. stars in this film based on Sarah Flanigan Carter's autobiographical novel about growing up in World War II-era Georgia, Sudie Harrington, a feisty ... See full summary »


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Sara Flanigan (book) (as Sara Flanigan Carter), Sara Flanigan (teleplay) (as Sara Flanigan Carter) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Simpson
Sara Gilbert ... Sudie Harrigan
John M. Jackson ... Dr. Walter Stubbs (as John Jackson)
Frances Fisher ... Mrs. Marge Allen, English Teacher
Paige Danahy Paige Danahy ... Mary Agnes Clark, Sudie's best friend
Ken Strong Ken Strong ... Mr. Harrigan
Robby Preddy Robby Preddy ... Mrs. Hester Harrigan
Larry Black Larry Black ... Mr. Etheridge, School Principal
Scott Brian Higgs Scott Brian Higgs ... Lem Coker, Linlow Ga. Townsman (as Scott Higgs)
Howard Kingkade Howard Kingkade ... Earl Rice, Pedophile Teacher
Tim Powell ... Mr. Lester Clark
Linda Pierce Linda Pierce ... Mrs. Clark
Jane Smithwick Jane Smithwick ... Nettie, Mary Agnes' friend
Wallace Wilkinson ... Preacher Clifford Miller
Amanda Pillow Amanda Pillow ... Clara Mae McMillian


Sudie and Simpson, Louis Gossett, Jr. stars in this film based on Sarah Flanigan Carter's autobiographical novel about growing up in World War II-era Georgia, Sudie Harrington, a feisty twelve-year-old, befriends Simpson, a gentle black man accused of impropriety with a child.

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Release Date:

11 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sudie & Simpson - Uma Amizade Proibida See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Sudie Harrigan: Mary Agnes, you ever touched a grown man?
Mary Agnes Clark, Sudie's best friend: What do you mean, have I ever touched a grown man? What kind of question is that?
Sudie Harrigan: Just answer it.
Mary Agnes Clark, Sudie's best friend: Of course, silly. Everybody touches their daddy.
Sudie Harrigan: I don't mean just when you bump into each other or when he switches ya.
Mary Agnes Clark, Sudie's best friend: I don't either. 'Course I touch him.
Sudie Harrigan: Like nice touching? Like does he hold your hand and pat you on the back?
Mary Agnes Clark, Sudie's best friend: Sure, all daddy's does that. Why are you asking?
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Louis Gossett, Jr., Brilliant, As Usual
17 April 2007 | by nnepreviloSee all my reviews

He makes it look so easy! He's naturally "wicked," but trustworthy. His art is where most young actors want to end up. What he does is so understated, it doesn't look like acting anymore. This is the quality that many great actors said that inhabited late stage star, Laurette Taylor.

Recently, I saw Mr. Gossett in ROOTS and he brought the same quality to that role as "Fidler." Sara Gilbert has always impressed me as a formidable actress. She needs to be given more dramatic roles and move in the direction of the great actresses like Geraldine Page. This role with Gossett was a complete opposite of what she was doing on ROSEANNE.

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