WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE, THE {PART 1 OF 2} (TV)

Summary

A two-part made-for-television movie based on the novel by Gloria Naylor in which seven strong-willed women living in a rundown housing project called Brewster Place find strength through their friendship over many decades. Part one begins with the arrival of Mattie Michaels as the newest tenant. Looking around her new home, she reflects back on her days growing up on a farm in Tennessee with her parents. One encounter with an amorous neighbor leads to Mattie getting pregnant. After her father beats her up, Mattie moves in with childhood friend Etta Mae. After having a baby boy, Basil, Mattie looks for a place for the two of them to stay. She finds a haven with elderly Miss Eva, who's raising her young granddaughter, Ciel. As the years pass, Mattie finds work as a beautician, meanwhile coming to see Eva as a mother figure. When Eva dies suddenly, Ciel is sent to live with her parents. Mattie buys Eva's house and is truly happy for the first time in her life. However, Basil gets in trouble with the law, leading to a tragedy which brings Mattie to Brewster Place. As Mattie gets to know her new neighbors, two friends from the past -- the gold-digging Etta Mae and the now-grown Ciel -- come back into her life and also settle down in Brewster Place.

Ciel's husband has returned to Brewster Place, while friction has developed between the elderly Miss Sophie and Cora Lee, who's desperately trying to manage her six children as a single mother. Finally, Kiswana agrees to let her boyfriend Abshu move in with her as she attempts to start a tenants' association. Concludes with a preview of Part Two. This program is closed-captioned. Includes commercials.

Details

  • NETWORK: ABC
  • DATE: March 19, 1989 Sunday 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:55:11
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:16324
  • GENRE: Drama
  • SUBJECT HEADING: African-American Collection - Drama; Drama; LGBT Collection; She Made It Collection (Oprah Winfrey)
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV, 1989
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    • TV - PSI - Unsung: America's Youth
    • TV - Promos - "A Man Called Hawk"
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    • TV - Promos - "Good Morning America"
    • TV - Promos - "Growing Pains"
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    • TV - Promos - "The Ten Commandments"
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CREDITS

  • Oprah Winfrey … Executive Producer
  • Carole Isenberg … Executive Producer
  • Karen Hall … Supervising Producer, Writer
  • Patricia K. Meyer … Producer
  • Reuben Cannon … Producer
  • Donna Deitch … Director
  • Gloria Naylor … Based on the novel by
  • David Shire … Music by
  • Vesta … Singer
  • Oprah Winfrey … Cast, Mattie Michael
  • Jackee (See also: Jackee Harry) … Cast, Etta Mae
  • Paula Kelly … Cast, Theresa
  • Lonette Mckee … Cast, Lorraine
  • Mary Alice … Cast, Fannie Michael
  • Olivia Cole … Cast, Miss Sophie
  • Robin Givens … Cast, Kiswana
  • Cicely Tyson … Cast, Mrs. Browne
  • Moses Gunn … Cast, Ben
  • Leon … Cast, Abshu
  • Eva Montgomery … Cast, Miss Eva
  • Phyllis Yvonne Stickeny … Cast, Cora Lee
  • Lynn Whitfield … Cast, Ciel
  • Sam Michael … Cast, Paul Winfield
  • William Allen Young … Cast, Eugene
  • Bruce Beatty … Cast, Crony
  • Vivian Bonnell … Cast, Black Woman
  • William Frankfather … Cast, Judge
  • Montrose Hagins … Cast, Mourner
  • Ta-Tanisha … Cast, Tenant #1
  • Veronica Redd … Cast, Tenant #2
  • Jinaki … Cast, Tenant #3
  • Adrian Ricard … Cast, Tenant #4
  • Charles Weldon … Cast, Tenant #5
  • Clark Johnson … Cast, Butch Fuller
  • Homeselle Joy … Cast, Betina
  • Eugene Lee … Cast, Basil
  • Bebe Drake-Massey … Cast, Cleo
  • Molly McClure … Cast, White Woman
  • Glenn Plummer … Cast, C.C. Baker
  • Roxanne Reese … Cast, Alfreda
  • Douglas Turner Ward … Cast, Reverend Woods
  • Samm Art Williams … Cast, Cecil Garvin
  • Jonathan "Fudge" Leonard … Cast, Brucie
  • Maya Leonard … Cast, Diedre
  • Phill Lewis … Cast, Bottom
  • Raymond Oliver … Cast, Cab Driver
  • Eddie Palmer … Cast, Basil, age 5
  • Bee-Be Smith … Cast, Hippolyta
  • Ebony Smith … Cast, Ciel, age 7
  • Sheeneeka Smith … Cast, Girl on Skates
  • Larenz Tate … Cast, Sammy
  • Geoffrey Thorne … Cast, Theseus
  • Paul Williams … Cast, Teenage Guy
  • James Vallo … Cast, Marine
  • Vanessa Bell Armstrong … Cast, Gospel Singer
  • Shari Belafonte … Cast
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