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Before Women Had Wings (1997)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 2 November 1997
A black woman helps a white girl cope with her father's suicide and escape her alcoholic mother's abuse.

Director:

Lloyd Kramer
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Oprah Winfrey ... Zora Williams
Ellen Barkin ... Glory Marie Jackson
Tina Majorino ... Avocet Abigail 'Bird' Jackson
Julia Stiles ... Phoebe Jackson
John Savage ... Billy Jackson
Burt Young ... Louis Ippolito
William Lee Scott ... Hank Jackson
Louis Crugnali ... L.J. Ippolito
David Hart ... Sheriff
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Storyline

Alcoholic Billy reflects on his country-music career that never happened and beats his wife Glory Marie, also a drunk. Grown-up son Hank has moved away, but teenaged Phoebe and sensitive nine-year-old Bird have to live in the bleak alcoholic atmosphere. Problems escalate after a tragic event. The three females move into a trailer where the girls are subjected to a torrent of abuse from their mom. Fortunately, benign Miss Zora appears like a guardian angel to lift their spirits. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

alcoholism | child abuse | 1960s | See All (3) »

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One of them brought her into this world. The other gave her life.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Goofs

When Glory Marie strikes Bird with the coffee mug, it leaves a bruise beside her left eye. In a scene a few minutes prior to this, the bruise beside her eye is visible in a brief shot. See more »

Soundtracks

Ring of Fire
Written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore
Performed by Johnny Cash
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Compelling
16 March 2009 | by CandidlyCandidSee all my reviews

I was lucky enough to pick this up on video. Surely is a great movie with some good acting, and very emotional scenes. Oprah Winfrey worlds richest female, and arguably most-giving celebrity stars as one who tries and helps her new friend from her alcoholic mother and violent path. A low-budget drama, but as mentioned they're several emotional scenes and might shred a tear in your eye. I suggest you all give this a watch, especially if you've had or witnessed the problems illustrated in the movie, it will touch you in a different spot. It's also got a rare opinionated ending, whereas the viewers can decide, if it's a good or bad thing. By all means one of Oprah's best movies, and one to look out for - for every Oprah fan!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Before Women Had Wings See more »

Filming Locations:

Ojai, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Harpo Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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