The Women of Brewster Place

The Women of Brewster Place

Oprah Winfrey
Director: Donna Deitch Cast: Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
, Jackée
, Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
Donna Deitch

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2017
UPC: 0031398272649
Original Release: 1989
Source: Lions Gate
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 3:02:00
Sales rank: 8,533

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Oprah Winfrey Mattie Michael
Jackée Etta Mae Johnson
Cicely Tyson Mrs. Browne
Robin Givens Kiswana
Lonette McKee Lorraine
Phyllis Stickney Cora Lee
Moses Gunn Ben
Clark Johnson Butch
Lynn Whitfield Ciel
Eugene Lee Basil
Paul Winfield Sam Michael
Mary Alice Fannie Michael
Barbara Montgomery Miss Eva
Olivia Cole Miss Sophie
Douglas Turner Ward Rev. Wood
Samm-Art Williams Garvin
William Allen Young Eugene
Leon Abshu
Paula Kelly Theresa
Jack Kelly Actor
Shari Belafonte Actor
Vanessa Bell Actor
Glenn Plummer Actor

Technical Credits
Donna Deitch Director
Shay Austin Production Designer
Reuben Cannon Producer
Alexander Gruszynski Cinematographer
Karen Hall Teleplay
Carole Isenberg Executive Producer
Patricia K. Meyer Producer
Daniel Paredes Costumes/Costume Designer
David Shire Score Composer
Oprah Winfrey Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Women of Brewster Place
1. Chapter 1 [14:11]
2. Chapter 2 [11:07]
3. Chapter 3 [11:45]
4. Chapter 4 [13:18]
5. Chapter 5 [12:03]
6. Chapter 6 [11:04]
7. Chapter 7 [8:10]
8. Chapter 8 [9:42]
1. Chapter 1 [13:16]
2. Chapter 2 [10:35]
3. Chapter 3 [12:21]
4. Chapter 4 [11:25]
5. Chapter 5 [9:19]
6. Chapter 6 [12:21]
7. Chapter 7 [12:15]
8. Chapter 8 [8:46]

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