Search results for "Esther Rolle"


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Cape Fear (1991) RT 76% / Audience 77%

DVD release: Sep 2001

Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years ago, Sam was ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Nick Nolte  •  Jessica Lange  •  Juliette Lewis

Cleopatra Jones (1973) RT 90% / Audience 44%

DVD release: Mar 1999

A United States Special Agent is assigned to crack down on drug-trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. After she burns a Turkish poppy field, the notorious drug-lord Mommy is ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Jack Starrett
CAST:  Tamara Dobson  •  Shelley Winters  •  Bernie Casey  •  Brenda Sykes

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) RT 82% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Apr 1997

The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her colored chauffeur Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Bruce Beresford
CAST:  Morgan Freeman  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Patti LuPone

How to Make an American Quilt (1995) RT 61% / Audience 63%

DVD release: Feb 1999

Soon-to-be-wed graduate student Finn Dodd develops cold feet when she suspects her fiancé is cheating on her. In order to clear her head, Finn visits her grandmother, Hy, and ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Jocelyn Moorhouse
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Anne Bancroft  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Kate Nelligan

Nothing But a Man (1964) RT 95% / Audience 92%

DVD release: Sep 2004

A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Michael Roemer
CAST:  Ivan Dixon  •  Abbey Lincoln  •  Julius Harris  •  Gloria Foster

Rosewood (1997) RT 85% / Audience 83%

DVD release: Sep 1997

Spurred by a white woman's lie, vigilantes destroy a black Florida town and slay inhabitants in 1923.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History
DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Ving Rhames  •  Jon Voight  •  Don Cheadle  •  Michael Rooker

The Mighty Quinn (1989) RT 88% / Audience 48%

DVD release: Feb 2001

Police chief Xavier Quinn investigates the gruesome murder of Donald Pater, one of the wealthiest residents on a Caribbean island. He was found decapitated in his Jacuzzi. ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Comedy • Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Carl Schenkel
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  James Fox  •  Mimi Rogers  •  M. Emmet Walsh

My Fellow Americans (1996) RT 47% / Audience 64%

DVD release: Aug 1997

They used to run the country. Now they're running for their lives! Two on-the-lam former Presidents of the United States. Framed in a scandal by the current President and ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Comedy
DIRECTION:  Peter Segal
CAST:  Jack Lemmon  •  James Garner  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  John Heard

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979) RT Audience 75%

Based on writer Maya Angelou's childhood, this story is about a young girl in the South who is sent to live with her grandmother after her parents divorce.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • TV movie
DIRECTION:  Fielder Cook
CAST:  Paul Benjamin  •  Diahann Carroll  •  Ruby Dee  •  Roger E. Mosley

Ethnic Notions (1986) RT Audience 79%

This documentary traces the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice.  (more)

GENRES: 
DIRECTION:  Marlon Riggs
CAST:  Esther Rolle




To Dance with the White Dog (1993) RT Audience 79%

DVD release: Sep 2002

This is the touching story of an elderly widower trying to work through his grief. When Sam Peek's beloved wife, Cora, dies, a white dog suddenly materializes as his new ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Glenn A. Jordan
CAST:  Hume Cronyn  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Christine Baranski  •  Terry Beaver

Don't Play Us Cheap (1973) RT Audience 100%

DVD release: Jan 2006

Film version of Melvin Van Peebles' Broadway musical. A pair of devil-bats take human form and crash a Harlem house party in an attempt to break it up. But somehow, their ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  Melvin Van Peebles
CAST:  Thomas Anderson  •  Jay Van Leer  •  Robert Dunn  •  Mabel King

Age Old Friends (1989)

John Cooper is in a retirement home. There are strict rules for the residents, but he refuses to fall into passivity. He flirts constantly with Nurse Wilson and spends time ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • TV movie
DIRECTION:  Allan Kroeker
CAST:  Hume Cronyn  •  Vincent Gardenia  •  Anna Ferguson  •  Michele Scarabelli

Up the Down Staircase (1967) RT 80% / Audience 67%

DVD release: Nov 2007

Sylvia Barrett is a rookie teacher at New York's inner-city Calvin Coolidge High: her lit classes are overcrowded, a window is broken, there's no chalk, books arrive late. The ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Robert Mulligan
CAST:  Sandy Dennis  •  Patrick Bedford  •  Eileen Heckart  •  Ruth White

Summer of My German Soldier (1978) RT Audience 90%

Patty Bergen is a teenager in a Jewish family living in the American South during World War II. Patty feels like an outcast even in her own family and is unable to understand ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • TV movie
DIRECTION:  Michael Tuchner
CAST:  Kristy McNichol  •  Bruce Davison  •  Esther Rolle  •  Michael Constantine

Down in the Delta (1998) RT 78% / Audience 71%

DVD release: Jul 1999

Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Maya Angelou
CAST:  Alfre Woodard  •  Al Freeman, Jr.  •  Esther Rolle  •  Mary Alice

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