Women of Brewster Place

The Women of Brewster Place

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Director: Donna Deitch

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

     
 

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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

Overview

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:
02/08/2011
UPC:
0000799813720
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
NR
Source:
Xenon
Region Code:
1
Time:
3:02:00
Sales rank:
25,322

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
Sam 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 -- Women of Brewster Place
1. Opening Credits [2:07]
2. First Day [12:04]
3. Papa Don't Preach [13:23]
4. Miss Eva [11:34]
5. Basil Bailed Out [11:14]
6. Brewster Beginnings [12:00]
7. Opportunities [14:22]
8. Kids Running Wild [13:29]
9. Gods and Mothers [8:58]
10. Nothing But Trouble [6:09]
11. Mysterious Ways [8:07]
12. Worldy Women [7:52]
13. Main Arteries [12:19]
14. Tenants Meeting [16:26]
15. Block Party [16:05]
16. Breaking Through [12:19]

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The Women of Brewster Place 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Although in both the movie and the book Miss Eva was very welcoming toward Mattie and Basil, I pictured her much differently based on the descriptions from the book. I thought she was more of a sweet old lady with a slight bitter side. However, in the movie her appearance and personality were somewhat scarey. Even though she verbally expressed, numerous times, that Mattie was welcome I didnt get that welcoming feeling from the way she looked and talked. I think the film could have done a much metter job of portaying her character and the amount that Mattie valued their friendship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the movie, Mattie Micheal isn't described as well as she is in the book. In the book, when Butch came over, it describes how she looks and acts, and the way her jaw drops when Butch tells her he want what he came for. The film leaves out a LOT of detail and doesn't show the compasion or love and hate the book describes. The movie is good in a way because it shows visuals and colored images. The book describes scenes and characters, but i think that the movie gives me the image of the person, so as i read i can imagine that character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that the movie did a poor job reenacting the most pivotal part of Mattie Micheal's chapter. When Miss Eva confronts Mattie about never dating any men, the movie completely leaves out what is arguably the most important part of the scene. In the book Miss Eva tells her how kids aren't young for long, and if you make them your whole life then you'll be left with nothing when they're grown up and gone. Because the movie left out these words a huge gap was left. This is due to the fact that the rest of Mattie's story focuses on how this advice is not heeded, and how Mattie ends up alone and with nothing just as Miss Eva had told her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the movie, we don't get to see what Mattie is thinking or how she is really feeling about a situation. The scene where Mattie gets beaten up foe example. In the book, the author said she was a ''pile of torn clothes and bruised flesh on the floor.'' The reader can imagine things more vividly than what is shown in the movie. The movie doesn't explain why Mattie didn't want to tell who the father of her baby was and it also didn't tell us why her father got so mad because of her disobediance. The mother in the movie didn't have as much emotion as the mother in the book did.''''Oh,God,oh,God,'' Fannie chanted feverishly,as she got up on her bruised knees.'' The book is more descriptive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I strongly felt that Mattie's character developement in the movie wasn't as well done as in the book. In the movie she seemed superficial and shallow. I understood Mattie's feelings and thoughts better from the book. The book was more detailed and interested in the emotions of Mattie. The movie showed the expressions of Mattie, but I never knew what she was actually thinking. I felt closer to her as a human being and knew more about her. In the last scene of the movie I saw her longing and sadness but in the book I knew exactly where she was coming from and her thoughts. I liked the book better then the movie when it came to the way Mattie's character was expressed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the film there wasnt much emotion or emotional thoughts as the text described. There were mostly just face expressions and bad acting in the film, which in my opinion ruined the text for me. The difficulty to put thoughts on people's faces in the movies is understandable, but there could have been much better acting. There was a failure for the actors to even make the slightest face expressions so they could have made the movie more similar to the text. All i have to recommend is if worse comes to worst, which it did, then the director can actually have the actors' thoughts in the background when there is a pause for something to be said
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the beginning of the book I thought that Mattie was much younger, like seventeen or eighteen. But in the movie she looked like she was in her late thirties. I also felt that I didn't get as much info or as much detail about Mattie as I did in the book. Oh, and the relationship between Mattie and Eva wasn't in as much detail or as emotional in the movie as the book. And even though they showed most of what happened in the book in the movie. I was kinda upset that they didn't emphasise the relationship enough. And just a suggestion, next time you have a character that is so young, don't have a woman who's almost fourty playing the part!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was full of rehearsed lines instead of acturally getting into the characterwith full of emotion. I felt that the book explained things that the movie did not. Explanations were better understood in the book then in the movie and i felt that the movie could have been better if they acting as part of the charcters, rather then just saying the lines. It wasn't the worst movie i have seen, but it definitly was not the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the film 'The Women of Brewster Place' is an interesting look at the roles of poor black women and their relationships, it fails to convey the rich sense of mood that is present in the original book. Occassionally wooden acting makes the characters seem somewhat one-dimensional, something that never occured in the book. Gloria Naylor's book has a lot of detail meant to add 'atmosphere' to the book, including descriptions of weather and background; unfortunately, film is not a good medium for portraying those kind of details, and the emotional undercurrents present in the book seem absent in the film, taking away much of the depth and richness that the book possesses. Many scenes in the book are characterized by the tapestry of rich, often metaphorical descriptions applied to people and places, but the film can't translate these subtle metaphors correctly. You may not want to bother with the film if you've read the book. It doesn't portray enough of the emotional detail or amazingly complex extended metaphors in the book to really make it worth your time. Instead, simply get a copy of the book; even if you don't enjoy the plot or characters, you will probably like the rich and detailed writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great, I saw it as a child. But the two lesbian characters have stuck with me since.. May God bless all of the cast. Is Oliva Cole still living?
Guest More than 1 year ago
A number of pivotal scenes were cut out from what was shown on tv. I still have my old copy on tape, thankfully...I don't understand why this is done with some of these older movies that are transferred to DVD seeing as how they can hold more information than VHS but they've certainly done it with this one and it takes away from the overall movie.