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Purlie Victorious
Purlie Victorious
Actors: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Godfrey Cambridge, Hilda Haynes, Beah Richards
Director: Nicholas Webster
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, African American Cinema
NR     2006     1hr 39min

Based on the popular Broadway play, Purlie Victorious is the story of a black preacher (award-winning stage and screen actor, Ossie Davis), who returns home to rural Georgia to claim an inheritance and bring down Ol' Cap'n...  more »


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Actors: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Godfrey Cambridge, Hilda Haynes, Beah Richards
Director: Nicholas Webster
Creators: Ossie Davis, Boris Kaufman, Nicholas Webster, Ralph Rosenblum, Brock Peters
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, African American Cinema
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color
DVD Release Date: 01/31/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

From the Mind OF A Master
Lester L. Carter | PHILA , PA | 09/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ossie Davis was indeed a master storyteller. I saw the play on broadway with Cleavon Little in the title role and Melba Moore as Lutiebelle. I saw the play on A&E with Robert Guilluame in the title role. But, Ossie was truly Purlie in every fiber of his being. The original title of this movie was Gone Are The Days when I saw it on television many years ago. I was so taken with his performance that I taped it on a reel to reel just to hear it over and over again. Now that I have the original on dvd my children can get to see what real acting is all about. And they get to see 'The Mayor' in his prime. Yes, from the beginning Ossie knew how to 'do the right thing'!

Highly recommended for its interesting and progressive messa
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 06/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Starring Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Alan Alda, Purlie Victorious, originally a popular Broadway production, is the intriguing story of a black preacher's return to his home in rural Georgia to claim a rightful inheritance and diminish the powers of his once served 'boss' Ol' Cap'n Stonewall Jackson Cotchipee. As an activist film in the midst of the civil rights movement in the 1960's, Purlie Victorious entertains viewers with a great plot as Purlie's persuasion convinces his young girl-friend to claim herself a long-lost relative of Cotchipee's family. When the deception fails to work, rendering Purlie "dispositioned" to go into hiding. Remarkably, however, Cotchipee's son, Charlie, intervenes to the couples assistance and hopefully their eventual success. Purlie Victorious is very highly recommended for its interesting and progressive message. (black & white, 100 minutes)
Purlie was Victorious
Francine A. Williams | Willingboro, NJ | 03/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie reminds me how much I love Ruby Dee and Ozzie Davis. They really do compliment each other with their acting as well as their relationship. She was the Ying to his Yang."
Iowa | Iowa City | 01/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The dvd of Purlie Victorious was like being at the play again forty years latter. The quility was very good. I am glad I took the chance."