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The Women of Brewster Place (1989)





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Based on the novel by Gloria Naylor, The Women of Brewster Place was produced by and stars Oprah Winfrey. The film concerns a variety of women who live in the housing project located on Brewster Place, and tells about their lives as they struggle in the face of racism, poverty, and troublesome men. Winfrey portrays Mattie Michael who was kicked out of her parent's (Paul Winfield and Mary Alice) house after refusing to reveal the name of her soon-to-be-born child's father. She eventually inherits a house, but loses it after her son skips bail. Robin Givens plays Kiswana, a focused woman who does her best to improve the situations of those around her. During a conversation with her mother (Cicely Tyson), Kiswana learns how her decision to change her name from Melanie is a betrayal of her family history. Cora Lee (Phyllis Stickney) craves being needed by babies and continues to have children, although she becomes neglectful as her children age. Miss Sophie (Olivia Cole) traffics in neighborhood gossip. Theresa and Lorraine (Paula Kelly and Lonette McKee) are a lesbian couple who live on Brewster Place because they believe the people in the neighborhood might let them live in peace. The Women of Brewster Place aired March 18-19, 1989, on the ABC television network.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television
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On DVD: Jan 30, 2001

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Oprah Winfrey
as Mattie Michael
as Etta Mae Johnson
Cicely Tyson
as Mrs. Browne
Robin Givens
as Kiswana
Lonette McKee
as Lorraine
Paula Kelly
as Theresa
Paul Winfield
as Sam Michael
Mary Alice
as Fannie Michael
Olivia Cole
as Miss Sophie
as Abshu
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Critic Reviews for The Women of Brewster Place

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Classic miniseries tackles weighty women's issues.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Common Sense Media

Engaging portrait of seven women in a ghetto tenement who are struggling to overcome the hardships of poverty and the disappointments of shattered dreams.

Full Review… | July 10, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for The Women of Brewster Place

I have seen this film on dvd, it is great,great. It shows a how a black
single mother endures through hard times
and becomes a fixture to help others,to help them deals with probelms in their lives.

Margaret Graham

Not for everyone, I suppose. But it's an excellent movie and deserves to be watched. Some great acting and some powerful scenes.

Glen Shrope

A must see for blacks! It shows how a community of blacks came together to finally make things better instead of continously tearing each other down

Jessica Washington

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