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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 »

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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

Ring of Fire
Written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore
Performed by Johnny Cash
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Tina was great
26 June 2001 | by omori8796See all my reviews

I've seen the film twice but unfortunately from the scene when Gloria Mary loses her tooth. Tina played the role very well as if you're watching real life scenes not a movie. I was touched by her innocent expressions, childly looks and voice. One of the most heart-touching scenes is that when she asks her mother for a bike. Although her mother refused, she innocently kept talking about the bike. Also, the commentary on the last scenes when Bird described those moments took my feelings to the peak that I was shocked that the film ended that way. I felt so sorry for Bird that I wish to see a part-II when the family gather back. I decided to buy the book and I'm sure that when I read it I will always visualize the same characters as in the movie.


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