|Cleopatra Jones 1973 G, 89 min.|
Director: Jack Starrett
Cast: Tamara Dobson, Shelley Winters, Brenda Sykes, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas, Bill McKinney, Dan Frazer, Esther Rolle, Stafford Morgan, Albert Popwell, Angela Gibbs, John Alderman
This could be a nice twist with a sexy female agent–but! Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson) is sent in to fight world drug trade. The nemesis is played by Shelley Winters...a stretch! Lots of violence.
|Down in the Delta 1998 PG-13, 111 min.|
Director: Maya Angelou
Cast: Alfre Woodard, Al Freeman Jr., Mary Alice, Esther Rolle, Loretta Devine, Wesley Snipes, Mpho Koaho, Kulani Hassen, Anne-Marie Johnson, Justin Lord
Loretta (Alfie Woodward) is 30 years old, and her life is going nowhere. To remedy the situation her mother, Rosa Lynn (Mary Alice), sends Loretta and her two children down South for the summer to live with her Aunt and Uncle (Esther Rolle and Al Freeman Jr.). After a short time, Loretta begins to blossom and, through family ties, gets her act together.
|Driving Miss Daisy 1989 PG, 100 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: Bruce Beresford
Cast: Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle, Bob Hannah, Joann Havrilla, Ray McKinnon, William Hall Jr., Alvin M. Sugarman, Clarice F. Geigerman, Muriel Moore, Sylvia Kaler, Carolyn Gold, Crystal R. Fox
In Atlanta during the late 1940s, Miss Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy) is a proud, stoic Southern lady whose brother hires a Black man, Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman), as her chauffeur. The story spans 25 years in their lives as they form a relationship and become kindred spirits in a world that is changing around them. Great entertainment. Academy Awards were received for Best Picture and Best Actress (Tandy). Awards were also received for Best Writing and Makeup, as well as five nominations, including Best Actor (Freeman).
|The Kid Who Loved Christmas 1990 TV, 100 min.|
Genre: Family / Drama
Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Cast: Cicely Tyson, Michael Warren, Sammy Davis Jr., Gilbert Lewis, Ken Page, Della Reese, Esther Rolle, Ben Vereen, Vanessa Williams, Trent Cameron, Jimmy Carville, Paula Anglin, John Beal, Irma P. Hall, Peter Siragusa
This touching Christmas story is about young orphan Reggie (Trent Cameron) who finally gets a new father. But, the father is a traveling musician, and the adoption agency decides that he is not the right choice. Reggie is again in a foster home and is determined to join his musician father for the holidays. Looking for an answer to his dream, Reggie goes to the local department store Santa (Jimmy Carville) for help. Will Santa perform the miracle? This film, co-produced by Eddie Murphy, was Sammy Davis Jr.'s last film appearance.
|The Mighty Quinn 1989 R, 98 min.|
Genre: Action / Mystery / Drama / Thriller
Director: Carl Schenkel
Cast: Denzel Washington, Robert Townsend, M. Emmet Walsh, James Fox, Mimi Rogers, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Keye Luke, Tyra Ferrell, Art Evans, Esther Rolle, Norman Beaton, Alex Colon, Carl Bradshaw, Fitz Weir, Baldwin Howe
Quinn (Denzel Washington) is the chief of police on a Caribbean island where he is trying to find a murderer. Although the clues point to his boyhood friend Maubee (Robert Townsend) who has become a local folk hero, Quinn believes that Maubee is innocent. Quinn is being pressured to solve the case and continues to investigate–even if it turns out that Maubee really is the murderer.
|My Fellow Americans 1996 PG-13, 102 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Adventure
Director: Peter Segal
Cast: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard, Wilford Brimley, Lauren Bacall, Sela Ward, Everett McGill, Bradley Whitford, James Rebhorn, Esther Rolle, Jack Kehler, Tom Everett, Conchata Ferrell, Connie Ray
President William Haney (Dan Aykroyd) evades charges of his own involvement in a kickback scandal and finds his escape: he lays the blame on two former chief executives who directly preceded him as President. Ex-Presidents Russell P. Kramer (Jack Lemmon) and Matt Douglas (James Garner) are political enemies who become objects of Haney's assassination plot and join forces to survive.
|A Raisin in the Sun 1989 TV, 170 min.|
Director: Bill Duke
Cast: Esther Rolle, Danny Glover, Helen Martin, Joseph C. Phillips, Starletta DuPois, Louis Gossett Jr., Kimble Joyner, John Fiedler, Kim Yancey, Lou Ferguson, Stephen Henderson
In the era just before the Civil Rights Movement a poor Black family–Lena (Esther Rolle), her son Walter Lee (Danny Glover), his wife Ruth (Starletta DuPois), and their college-age daughter Beneatha (Kim Yancy)–deals with bigotry as they hope to use a $10,000 inheritance to move out of the projects on Chicago's South Side and move into the all-White suburbs.
|Rosewood 1997 R, 142 min.|
Director: John Singleton
Cast: Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill, Loren Dean, Esther Rolle, Robert Patrick, Michael Rooker, Akosua Busia, Paul Benjamin
The recreation of the tragic 1922 race riots in Rosewood, Florida, goes beyond the actual event and insightfully uncovers the story of how racial hatred takes years to teach, and–once learned–it has the potential of leading to violence.
|Scarlett 1994 TV, 360 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: John Erman
Cast: Joanne Whalley, Timothy Dalton, Barbara Barrie, Sean Bean, Annabeth Gish, Julie Harris, Stephen Collins, John Gielgud, Melissa Leo, Jean Smart, George Grizzard, Esther Rolle, Paul Winfield, Ann-Margret, Helen Burns
This highly advertised TV miniseries is a sequel to "Gone with the Wind." It's now 1873; Scarlett (Joanne Whalley) still wants Rhett (Timothy Dalton), so she heads to Charleston to win his love. After that fails and she has an illegitimate child, she leaves for Ireland and nobility, but her troubles are just beginning.
|To Dance with the White Dog 1993 TV, 100 min.|
Director: Glenn Jordan
Cast: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Christine Baranski, Terry Beaver, Harley Cross, Esther Rolle, Frank Whaley, Amy Wright, Bob Hannah, Ed Grady
Cora (Jessica Tandy), nearing death, worries about how her husband, Sam (Hume Cronyn), will cope after she is gone. After she dies, he is indeed grief stricken, but when a white dog appears, his outlook changes, and he finds that love is eternal. A good made-for-TV adaptation of a novel by Terry Kay.
|1. Cleopatra Jones (1973)|
2. Down in the Delta (1998)
3. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
4. House of Cards (1993)
5. The Kid Who Loved Christmas (1990)
6. The Mighty Quinn (1989)
7. My Fellow Americans (1996)
8. A Raisin in the Sun (1989)
9. Rosewood (1997)
10. Scarlett (1994)
11. To Dance with the White Dog (1993)
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