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The Old Settler
The Old Settler
Actors: Bebe Drake, Crystal R. Fox, Randy J. Goodwin, Ella Joyce, Paul Mooney
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, African American Cinema
NR     2005     1hr 27min

Quilly, newly separated from her husband, has come to live with her never-married sister Elizabeth. She is dismayed to learn that her cash-strapped sibling has rented a room in their modest Harlem apartment to a handsome y...  more »


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Actors: Bebe Drake, Crystal R. Fox, Randy J. Goodwin, Ella Joyce, Paul Mooney
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Love & Romance, Television, African American Cinema
Studio: Pbs Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/07/2005
Original Release Date: 04/25/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 04/25/2001
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A REAL sister act - done to perfection
The Fancy One | Westchester County, NY | 11/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first caught "The Old Settler" on TV several years back and enjoyed this comedy-drama thoroughly. I was thrilled to find out it was available on home video. Starring one of my favorite actresses, the beautiful Phylicia Rashad and her equally talented sister, Debbie Allen (who directed), "The Old Settler" is the story of a Harlem spinster in her late 40s-early 50s (Rashad) who sees a last chance at love and marriage when she meets a younger man in his early 20s named Husband (Bumper Robinson), fresh from the country, who becomes their houseguest during World War II. The spinster Elizabeth and Husband hit it off as friends right away, but soon the situation evolves into something more. At first, Elizabeth is reluctant to get involved with the young man, but Husband's charm wins her over. However, there are several folks out there who are frowning upon their relationship, and they refer to Elizabeth as an "old settler"...a popular term in the 1940s for an older woman who has never been married and has zero prospects for such.

Debbie Allen plays Rashad's skeptical divorced younger sister, Quilly, who doesn't trust Husband and disapproves of her sister's behavior when it comes to him. However, when you hear the possible reason why Elizabeth was still single at her age, you dislike Quilly somewhat and are rooting for Elizabeth and Husband to make it as a couple. But by the time the film ends, Quilly redeems herself. Plus Husband has baggage of his own: his ex, a woman his own age (Crystal R. Fox). Since moving to Harlem, she has gone from being a quiet country girl to a worldly woman who loves the nightlife. She can seemingly control Husband with an action or a word. She proves to be the catalyst in this May-December love story.

Without revealing too much more of the movie, "The Old Settler" proves one again that Phylicia and Debbie working together make an excellent team. Debbie is especially humorous...her little quips had me laughing. I highly recommend this film, and it IS available on just have to hunt for it! Well worth the purchase."
Older people, especially women will find this movie enjoyabl
Wendy Schroeder | Englewood, Co United States | 08/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Phylicia Rashad plays "the old settler" (an outdated phrase meaning spinster). In the early 40's Elizabeth (Phylicia Rashad) takes in a young male boarder to help pay the rent. Her querulous sister who also lives with her doesn't like it. Elizabeth is middle aged and he's twenty something. But they fall in love. He has another woman in his life, someone closer to his age. He came to Harlem looking for her. She's changed from a country girl to a worldly woman. Who will he choose?
One of the best
thesavvybamalady | Prichard, Alabama USA | 03/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I ran across this movie quite by accident, and I am glad that I did. I really loved it. The acting by the sisters,(Allen and Rashad) were nothing short of outstanding. My only thing is at the end, I wasn't sure whether or not Husband was reluctant to meet up or if Ms Rashad's character changed her mind. I like to feel that the military probably caught up with him and took him.After all, it was during the Second World War, and not many were exempt from service. That was my only concern. Other than that, I loved it. My other problem is the fact that back in the day, ladies that never married were treated real bad and called "settlers". I felt that was real disrespectful. I was so glad though to see a young brother fall for Ms Rashad's character, and was applauding it all the way. I am so glad that it don't apply today. Kudos to the cast for this movie."
Just what I expected
Minnie L. McSwain | Justice, Illinois | 10/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film was just what I expected it to be.. great story, actors and of course directing. Debbie Allen has showcased her directing skills continually including, directing her sister Phylicia Rashad in a remake of Pollyanna, "Polly", also a great movie. I guess siblings can work together. Keep up the good work my sisters. Looking forward to your next project."