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Mama Flora's Family (1999)





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Director Peter Werner teams with screenwriters David Stevens and Carol Schreder to adapt author Alex Haley's sprawling novel centering on the struggles of an African American family contending with racism and strife while living in the rural south. Set in the early-20th Century, the film follows aging widow Flora as she sets her sights north following the death of her husband. Though the determined matriarch had hoped to start a new life for her family away from the prejudice that gripped the American south, she discovers that their struggle is far from over when the country is plunged into the Great Depression, and the entire globe is rocked by two world wars. Later, brave black leaders fight for social change in the Civil Rights Movement, and the Black Panthers emerge as a force to be reckoned with. Through it all, Flora never loses the will to give her children the best life possible. Queen Latifah, Mario Van Peebles, Cicely Tyson, and Blair Underwood star.


Cicely Tyson
as Mama Flora
Erika Alexander
as Young Flora
Shemar Moore
as Lincoln
Della Reese
as Nana Fleming
Tanya Wright
as Ernestine
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loved it.....Alex Haley is a genius...I love all of Alex Haley's Creations...ROOTS, MALCOLM X, QUEEN & MAMA FLORA'S FAMILY

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I thought this movie was very well written. It is kind of long, but the storyline is wonderful & anything by Alex Haley is amazing!!!! I love watching real movies with real stories consisting of the history or America. Tyson played the role of a woman who was treated so poorly & had so many negative things happen, but still had faith it would get better. Her story in this movie should show people not to take things for granted & it is possible for things to get better. I thought all the characters had significant roles & problems. It just shows how much the world has changed since this time period.

*~Beautifully Broken~*
*~Beautifully Broken~*

This was a great movie to sit and watch on a dreary day...sure shows how families are needed to stick together through thick and thin.

Teresa Stenhouse
Teresa Stenhouse

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