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Black Girl (1972)

PG | | Drama | 9 November 1972 (USA)
An aspiring dancer and her wicked sisters resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.

Director:

Ossie Davis

Writers:

J.E. Franklin (play), J.E. Franklin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brock Peters ... Earl
Claudia McNeil ... Mu' Dear
Leslie Uggams ... Netta
Louise Stubbs Louise Stubbs ... Mama Rose
Peggy Pettit ... Billie Jean
Gloria Edwards Gloria Edwards ... Norma
Rhetta Greene Rhetta Greene ... Ruth Ann (as Loretta Greene)
Ruby Dee ... Netta's mother
Kent Martin Kent Martin ... Herbert
Gertrude Jeannette Gertrude Jeannette ... Sister Jenkins
Carl Byrd Carl Byrd
Damu King Damu King
Erik Kilpatrick Erik Kilpatrick
Morris Buchanan
Bob Harris Bob Harris ... Ernie
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Storyline

An aspiring dancer and her wicked sisters resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.

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She's got to cut it... or cut out. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Marconlee See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Goofs

When Netta is talking to Ruth Ann about "white boys at college", she crosses her arms. The camera angle shifts to the opposite side of her and she crosses them again although she had not previously uncrossed them. See more »

Quotes

Mu' Dear: Rosie, sure enough Billie Jean is your child but I got the feeling you're wrong.
Mama Rose: You're a lie!
Mu' Dear: You ain't never in your life called me a lie and God's gonna whip you for that when you're laying in your death bed. God is gonna whip you because I am your mother, Rosie. I am your MOTHER!
Mama Rose: Dear, you don't understand what I've been through with these girls!
Mu' Dear: Rosie, you don't know nothing about nobody in this house because you're so busy trying to save strangers! If anyone tries to touch any of them ...
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Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

No World For Dreamers
Written and Arranged by Ed Bogas
Sung by John Jacob Malone (as J.J. Malone)
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This Movie Was A Trip!!
5 August 2005 | by alis072See all my reviews

Loved it! Loved it! Were some of the best movies made in the 1970's or what? The characters in this film were so real and foul-mouthed, it moved me. I was just a baby when this movie was made, but I could relate to the story. I caught the second half of this movie and could not move, it was so entertaining and well written. This is the type of movie our culture lacks today- Content. I have to have this movie in my DVD collection! I really would like to see more movies like this in theaters and on television. There was an underlying message amidst the great acting skills of the characters. My favorite characters were Norma and Billie Jean. I gotta see this movie again to catch the first half and get the overall message...


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