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Purile Victorious

Purile Victorious

Ruby Dee
Director: Nicholas Webster Cast: Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
, Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
, Sorrell Booke
Sorrell Booke
Nicholas Webster


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This film version of the successful stage play was written by and stars Ossie Davis as Purlie Victorious, a flamboyant, self ordained minister. Along with wife Lutibelle (Ruby Dee), he returns to Georgia to buy an old barn and convert it into a church. He seeks out Captain Cotchipec (Sorrel Booke), the aging plantation owner entrusted with a $500 inheritance left by the preacher's sister after her death. Lutibelle is talked into posing as a long-lost cousin to get the money quickly from the dying landowner. Comedian Godfrey Cambridge reprises his stage role as the black plantation straw boss who pays lip service in the presence of the Captain but mercilessly mock the old man behind his back. Lutibelle gets the money from the old man with the help of his sympathetic son Charlie (Alan Alda), who is as liberal and progressive as his father is racially intolerant.. Religious hypocrisy, racial bigotry, civil rights issues and the changing Southern society backed by forced integration are subjects in this film that coincided with the turbulent social issues of the time. The title is taken from the first line of Stephen Foster's sentimental classic "Old Black Joe." The film was released nearly one hundred years after the famous songwriter's death. Produced and directed by Nicholas Webster, most of the actors reprised their roles from the original stage production.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2006
UPC: 0030306773698
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Mpi Home Video
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 40,612

Special Features

Interview with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ruby Dee Lutiebelle
Ossie Davis Purlie Victorious
Sorrell Booke Capt. Cotchipee
Godfrey Cambridge Gitlow
Hilda Haynes Missy
Alan Alda Charlie Cotchipee
Beah Richards Idella
Charles Welch Sheriff
Ralph Roberts Deputy
Lillian Hayman Actor

Technical Credits
Nicholas Webster Director,Producer
Herman Buchman Makeup
Henry Cowen Score Composer
Ossie Davis Screenwriter
Boris Kaufman Cinematographer
Milton Okun Score Composer
Ralph Rosenblum Editor
Tauhma Seid Costumes/Costume Designer
Kim Edgar Swados Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Purlie Victorious
1. Tell It Like It Was [3:32]
2. Opening Credits [:45]
3. Back to Georgia [12:23]
4. Educating Lutiebelle [13:19]
5. Gone Are The Days [16:33]
6. Fooling The Captain [13:44]
7. Out On a Limb [5:43]
8. Defending Lutiebelle [7:33]
9. Showdown With Cotchipee [3:11]
10. Purlie's Parable [11:47]
11. Charlie Saves the Day [6:20]
12. Final Sermon [2:16]
13. End Credits [1:25]

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