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Before Women Had Wings ()


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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.
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Cast

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Zora Williams
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Glory Marie Jackson
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Avocet Abigail 'Bird' Jackson
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Phoebe Jackson
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Billy Jackson
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Louis Ippolito
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Hank Jackson
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L.J. Ippolito
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Sheriff

Directed by

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Lloyd Kramer

Written by

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Connie May Fowler ... (written by)

Produced by

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Jay Benson ... producer
Kate Forte ... executive producer
Oprah Winfrey ... producer

Music by

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Anton Sanko

Cinematography by

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Ericson Core

Film Editing by

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Stephen Semel

Editorial Department

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Robert Berman ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Kathryn Eisenstein
Francine Maisler

Production Design by

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Joe Rainey

Art Direction by

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Kenneth Bryant

Set Decoration by

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Kurt Meisenbach

Costume Design by

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Catherine Adair

Makeup Department

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Andre Blaise ... key hair stylist
Patricia Gundlach ... hair stylist
Desne J. Holland ... makeup department head
Lola Kemp ... hair stylist
Lori Madrigal ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Tim Tortora ... executive in charge of production
James A. Westman ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Anthony Mason ... second assistant director
Tyrone L. Mason ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Nino Candido ... leadman
Doug Devine ... set dresser
Renee Heimann ... assistant property master
John A. Keim ... property master
Wes Long ... set dresser
Darrin Sullivan ... set dresser

Sound Department

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John Asman ... re-recording mixer
Steve Cain ... boom operator
C. Darin Knight ... sound mixer
Erik Flockoi ... sound playback (uncredited)

Stunts

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Kurtis Sanders ... stunts (as Kurtis Epper)
Nancy Thurston ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Darin Moran ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Georgia Tays ... dimmer operator
James Andrew Turpin ... set lighting best boy
James C. Udel ... grip (as Jimi Udel)
Dan Zarlengo ... chief lighting gaffer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Marie Boller ... costume supervisor
P. Kay Morris ... set costumer

Location Management

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Frawley Becker ... location manager

Music Department

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David Franco ... music supervisor

Transportation Department

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John Agnew ... Ms. Winfrey's Driver / driver / picture car coordinator
George Bolton ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Tawny Duel ... production coordinator
Marie-Lynne Gleeson ... hand double
Danny Green ... production assistant
Elizabeth Maxwell ... caterer
Michael Maxwell ... caterer
Linda Mixon ... production secretary (as Linda Nitsch)
Jeffrey Neumeier ... second assistant accountant
Jules Stewart ... script supervisor (as Jules Mann-Stewart)
Kurt Zelnak ... production secretary
Susan Hegarty ... dialect consultant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines One of them brought her into this world. The other gave her life. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les ailes de l'amour (France)
  • Wie ein Vogel ohne Flügel (Germany)
  • Alas cortadas (Spain)
  • Hvis kvinder havde vinger (Denmark)
  • Les ailes de l'amour (Canada, French title)
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  • 96 min
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