Oprah Winfrey Presents 'Before Women Had Wings'

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Connie May Fowler adapted her own novel for this dark drama about a dysfunctional family in northern rural Florida during the '60s. Alcoholic Billy (John Savage) reflects on his country-music career that never happened and beats his wife Glory Marie (Ellen Barkin), also a drunk. Grown-up son Hank (William Lee Scott) has moved away, but teenaged Phoebe (Julia Stiles) and sensitive nine-year-old Bird (Tina Majorino) have to live in the bleak alcoholic atmosphere. Problems escalate after Billy kills himself. The three females move into a trailer where the girls are subjected to a torrent of abuse from their mom. Fortunately, benign Miss Zora (Oprah Winfrey) appears like a guardian angel to lift their spirits. First of a half-dozen TV movies produced by Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films for ABC, this was shot in Ojai, California, and premiered 11/2/97 on ABC.


Oprah Winfrey
as Miss Zora
Ellen Barkin
as Glory Marie Jackson
Tina Majorino
as Bird Jackson
Julia Stiles
as Phoebe Jackson
John Savage
as Billy Jackson
Burt Young
as Mr. Ippolito
William Lee Scott
as Hank Jackson
Louis Crugnali
as L.J. Ippolito
David Hart
as Sheriff
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  • Nov 18, 2009
    Shows the hard things some kids have to put up with, Oprah was pretty good in her role.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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