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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.

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

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Cast overview:
... Zora Williams
... Glory Marie Jackson
... Avocet Abigail 'Bird' Jackson
... Phoebe Jackson
... Billy Jackson
... Louis Ippolito
... Hank Jackson
... L.J. Ippolito
David Hart ... Sheriff
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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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alcoholism | child abuse | 1960s | See All (3) »

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

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2 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Oprah Winfrey Presents: Before Women Had Wings  »

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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 See 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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