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The Ditchdigger's Daughters (1997)

In many ways "The Ditchdigger's Daughters" adheres to the well worn path of a genre best described as the black struggle in an injust white America. But the real plot in this movie revolves... See full summary »

Director:

Johnny E. Jensen

Writers:

Yvonne S. Thornton (book) (as Yvonne S. Thornton M.D.), Jo Coudert (book) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Lumbly ... Donald Thornton
Dulé Hill ... Young Donald
Victoria Dillard ... Tass
Shelley Robertson ... Donna
Monique Coleman ... Young Donna
Kimberly Elise ... Jeanette
RaéVen Kelly ... Young Jeanette (as Raeven Kelly)
Rosalyn Coleman ... Yvonne
Jameelah Nuriddin Jameelah Nuriddin ... Young Yvonne
Monica Calhoun ... Linda
Malaika Jabali Malaika Jabali ... Young Linda
Erika L. Heard Erika L. Heard ... Rita
Kiara Tucker Kiara Tucker ... Young Rita
Denice Sealy Denice Sealy ... Betty (as Denice J. Sealy)
Niaja Cotton Niaja Cotton ... Young Betty
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Storyline

In many ways "The Ditchdigger's Daughters" adheres to the well worn path of a genre best described as the black struggle in an injust white America. But the real plot in this movie revolves around the tyranny of a father and the effect it has on his six daughters as he cajoles, demands, blusters, and drives his daughters to reach for his notion of excellence. Demanding all "A" report cards, prohibiting dating, punishing with housework, and insisting that each daughter aim her sights on a career as a doctor all harken to the underlying fact of his own failure to complete school, and his own view of being poor and black. Written by Gary Davis <ulian@pc.jaring.my>

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oi exi kores tou Thornton See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When the Thorntons go to the Apollo, the Apollo theater logo is reflected in a car window on the street, but it isn't reversed as it should be. See more »

Soundtracks

A Vow to Him
Written by Phil Marshall
Performed by Brenda Lee Eager
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The Ditchdigger's Daughters
20 June 2014 | by pruittcatheadSee all my reviews

I have to say. It is a REALLY GOOD movie. I never even heard of this movie in my life. Then I watched it and cried my eyes out and Laughed. I loved how it showed hard work pays off. Our Kids need to see this over and over again. You can never see this in movies now days. Life is not a fairy tale and this movie is no where near a FAKE movie, that I normally see. It is a really GREAT family movie that I wished I would have seen before. I will look for this book for my sisters two little girls. Heck, I may even buy the movie if I can find it. I was at first going to pass this movie up at first by seeing the title. SO glad that I did NOT!!!


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