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Minstrel Man (1977)

During the early 1900's, 2 black brothers who work in a traveling minstrel have different goals; one's determined to succeed in a field which is dominated by white performers in blackface, ... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Graham

Writers:

Esther Shapiro, Richard Alan Shapiro (as Richard A. Shapiro)
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynn Turman ... Harry Brown Jr.
Ted Ross ... Charlie Bates
Tonea Stewart ... Carla
Stanley Bennett Clay ... Rennie Brown (as Stanley Clay)
S. Pearl Sharp S. Pearl Sharp ... Jesamine (as Saundra Sharp)
Art Evans ... Tambo
Gene Bell Gene Bell ... Harry Brown Sr. - Fat Man
Earl Billings ... George
Anthony Amos Anthony Amos ... Young Harry Jr.
Amechi Uzodinma Amechi Uzodinma ... Young Rennie
Arthur Rooks Arthur Rooks ... Robert
Carol Sutton ... Tess
Wilbur Swartz Wilbur Swartz ... Tobias Finch
Robert Earle Robert Earle ... Oliver Turpin
Don Lutenbacher Don Lutenbacher ... Carmichael
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During the early 1900's, 2 black brothers who work in a traveling minstrel have different goals; one's determined to succeed in a field which is dominated by white performers in blackface, whilst the other is a composer, fighting to break away from the stereotypes associated with black minstrel performers.

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Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1977 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Extraordinary: A Rare Television Movie
28 July 2000 | by merrywoodSee all my reviews

This is one of those amazing documents that seem to have been created directly by Providence, surely, everything came together here in a sad, funny, joyous, yet tragic film loaded with some of the most wonderful actors, dancers and singers we have ever seen on screens of any size.

We wonder, for example, what in the world happened to the talented Glynn Turman, who stars in this great piece of film art.

The other amazing thing is how this film, this wonderful production, so obviously made by experts in film art could have possibly disappeared. I have looked for it on video for a decade now and thus far have not seen it. Surely there is room also, for greatness in the market place. God knows we have enough junk available everywhere.

This film will bring shame to anyone who ever even had a fleeting thought of prejudice toward another human being because his or her complexion was a different tone. However, it does more than that. It entertains and while doing that, shows us the raw nature of pure courage.


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