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  • Actors: Oprah Winfrey
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 4
  • Studio: Rhino / Wea
  • VHS Release Date: February 2, 1999
  • Run Time: 275 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 1566054753
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Brewster Place, the television series based on Gloria Naylor's novel The Women of Brewster Place, follows the lives of a handful of strong black women through their struggles, triumphs, and deep friendships.

Gloria Naylor's lyrical and powerful prose would be difficult to translate into an equally powerful television series, and though Brewster Placeis an admirable effort, it's not entirely successful. The episodes, while entertaining, lack the impact of Naylor's novel. They attempt to accomplish too much in too short a time, and are occasionally sitcom-like--banal allegories rather than real drama.

Still, Brewster Place offers an impressive collection of talent, particularly Oprah Winfrey. As Mattie Michael, the matriarch of Brewster Place, Winfrey holds these episodes together with consistently heartfelt and believable performances. --Mara Friedman

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By "afropower" on July 25, 2000
The "Women Of Brewster Place" is a soul moving story of several women and their triumph over lifes' trials. Although this story does primarily depict African-American women, it speaks to women in all walks of life. I enjoyed the many emotions I was allowed to experience through the different characters. This is evidenced by the fact that I rent this movie all the time, when I'm happy, sad, anxious, mad, no matter what emotion, "The Women of Brewster's Place" soothes it.
I think as women we should permit ourselves to cry and get angry, be happy as well as sad. To truly make a contibution in society, we as women must first acknowldege all of ourselves. Which means, embracing the heartaches and pains as well as the joys that life brings. The women in "Brewster's Place" evidenced the fact that our trials are what really makes us who we are. Our trials allow the world to see the essence of what we, as women are made of.
What I appreciate most about this movie is the common theme woven throughout of unity and love. Through everything, these women, friends or not, stick together and help one another. The women help each other get through the not so good times. They address major life issues; prison, rape, lesbianism, sexuality, being single, male/female relationships. There is so much power in this message.
Although the movie does have its' bittersweet moments, it is about real life. And being real is what being empowered is all about.
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