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Keep the Faith, Baby (2002)

Keep the Faith, Baby

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The life and times of controversial African-American politician Adam Clayton Powell Jr. is chronicled in this made-for-cable biopic. Constructed in Citizen Kane fashion, the film begins as the aging Powell (Harry J. Lennix) recalls his career to an inquiring reporter. From humble beginnings as a pastor at Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church, Powell rises through the ranks to be elected America's second black congressman in 1945. Though reverent and sympathetic to its subject, who is shown battling deeply entrenched racism to bring equality and dignity to his people, the film also sheds light upon Powell's many shortcomings, among them his spotty marital record, his financial shenanigans, his expensive vacations on the public's dime, and his ultimate ouster from Congress. Vanessa L. Williams co-stars as Powell's beleagured ex-wife, celebrated pianist Hazel Scott. Co-produced by Adam Clayton Powell Jr.'s sons, Keep the Faith, Baby was first seen on February 17, 2002, as part of the Showtime cable network's celebration of Black History Month.more
Rating: PG (for mild language and thematic elements)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Television
Directed By:
Written By: Art Washington
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 8, 2003
Runtime:
Parmount Pictures

Cast

Harry Lennix
as Adam Clayton Powell ...
Russell Hornsby
as Joe Schiller
Lance Reddick
as J. Raymond Jones
Naomi Gaskin
as Isabel Washington Po...
Andrea Garnett
as Gwen Jones
Sean McCann
as John McCormack
Rufus Crawford
as A. Philip Randolph
Larry Marshall
as Adam Clayton Powell ...
Linda Carter
as Mattie Powell
Pat Profito
as Mayor Fiorello LaGua...
Colm Magner
as Mike Quill
Rodger Barton
as Cong. John Rankin
Philip Craig
as Sam Rayburn
Karen Robinson
as Hattie Dodson
Cedric Smith
as Pres. Harry S Truman
Don Allison
as Lyndon Johnson
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