|David's Mother 1994 TV, 90 min.|
Director: Robert Allan Ackerman
Cast: Kirstie Alley, Sam Waterston, Stockard Channing, Michael A. Goorjian, Chris Sarandon, Phylicia Rashad, Jack(2) Duffy, Amanda Blitz, Steve Ivany, Caroline Yeager
Sally (Kirstie Alley) has been raising her autistic child, David (Michael A. Goorjian), alone since her husband left years before. But when a social worker finds out that Sally is bringing up the boy outside the "System," a battle begins as to what is in the boy's best interest. Kirstie Alley won a Golden Globe for her performance.
|Loving Jezebel 1999 R, 87 min.|
Director: Kwyn Bader
Cast: Hill Harper, Laurel Holloman, Nicole Ari Parker, David Moscow, Phylicia Rashad, Sandrine Holt, Elisa Donovan, Lysa Aya Trenier, Andre B. Blake, John Doman
Cursed with falling for Jezebels (women who are romantically involved with more than one man), Theodurus Melville (Hill Harper) narrates this story of his failures in forming lasting relationships with the opposite sex. While the story is amusing, its parade of beautiful women does not allow time to develop depth in its characterizations, which results in the film's overall lack of substance.
|Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored 1996 PG, 111 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Tim Reid
Cast: Al Freeman Jr., Phylicia Rashad, Leon, Richard Roundtree, Polly Bergen, Paula Kelly, Bernie Casey, Isaac Hayes, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Anna Maria Horsford, Willis Norwood Jr., Karen Malina White, Damon Hines, Iona Morris, Taj Mahal
Based on Clifton L. Taulbert's book, this is the inspiring story of young Clifton who is born to an unmarried sharecropper and sent to live with his grandpa (Al Freeman Jr.) and then to his loving aunt (Phylicia Rashad). Cliff grows up in Mississippi amidst the Jim Crow laws aimed at keeping him segregated and unable to achieve success in the mid-20th-century American South.
|Polly 1989 TV, 100 min.|
Director: Debbie Allen
Cast: Keshia Knight Pulliam, Phylicia Rashad, Celeste Holm, Brock Peters, Dorian Harewood, Butterfly McQueen, Larry Riley, Ken Page
This Disney musical, made for TV, is delightful fare with Keshia Knight Pulliam in the role of the young orphan who goes to live with her Aunt Polly (Phylicia Rashad).
|A Raisin in the Sun 2008 TV, 131 min.|
Director: Kenny Leon
Cast: Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Lathan, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, David Oyelowo, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Stamos, Alexandra Cheron, Ron C. Jones, Emily Swiss, Justin Martin, Elle Downs, Bill Nunn
Set in Chicago's South Side during the 1950s, this story centers on the Younger family and how an insurance check for $10,000 could change their lives. Lena's (Phylicia Rashad) husband has died, and she is waiting for the insurance check. Problems arise when each family member has a different plan for the money. When the check does arrive, Lena buys a house in an all-White neighborhood in Chicago, and the Younger family becomes the first Black family to move in.
|The Visit 2000 R, 110 min.|
Director: Jordan Walker-Pearlman
Cast: Hill Harper, Obba Babatunde, Rae Dawn Chong, Marla Gibbs, Billy Dee Williams, Phylicia Rashad, Talia Shire, David Clennon, Glynn Turman, Efrain Figueroa
Based on a play that, in turn, is taken from a true story, "The Visit" is about convicted rapist Alex Waters (Hill Harper) who is dying in prison when he calls on his family to visit. Along with psychiatrist Dr. Coles (Phylicia Rashad), his mother (Marla Gibbs), father (Billy Dee Williams), and brother (Obba Babatunde) try to sort out what went wrong.
|1. David's Mother (1994)|
2. Loving Jezebel (1999)
3. Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored (1996)
4. Polly (1989)
5. Polly: Comin' Home! (1990)
6. A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
7. The Visit (2000)
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