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Purlie

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  • Actors: Melba Moore, Robert Guillaume, Sherman Hemsley, Linda Hopkins
  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: MGM/CBS Video
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009ALW5S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,794 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Adapted from the play Purlie Victorious, this positive musical is a joy to watch, over and over. Purlie, has returned home to his sister's shack on a cotten farm in Georgia to try to get a building to be a church from "Captain" Cotchapee, who "just loves his darkees". His scheme includes a young girl, Lutibelle Gussimay Johnson, who was a kitchen worker and is pretending to be a college-educated cousin of Purlie's. Melba Moore became a star in the role of Lutibelle and her solo, "I've got Love" is an absolute show-stopper. Moore, who looks like she barely weighs 90-lbs has the breath control of a swimmer and the range of Ima Sumak. The video-production is excellent and the cast, outstanding. Broadway fans will be knocked-out by this show. A must see and a prize in anyone's collection.

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By A. Lieberman on November 14, 2005
Adapted from the play Purlie Victorious, this positive musical is a joy to watch, over and over. I have always been an advocate for taping Broadway productions with the original cast before it all disappears forever. I saw the play on Broadway with Cleavon Little in the title role and he was more dynamic than TV's Benson, Robert Guillaume, but that matter little here.

Purlie, has returned home to his sister's shack on a cotten farm in Georgia to try to get a building to be a church from "Captain" Cotchapee, who "just loves his darkees". His scheme includes a young girl, Lutibelle Gussimay Johnson, who was a kitchen worker and is pretending to be a college-educated cousin of Purlie's.

Melba Moore became a star in the role of Lutibelle and her solo, "I've got Love" is an absolute show-stopper. Moore, who looks like she barely weighs 90-lbs has the breath control of a swimmer and the range of Ima Sumak. The video-production is excellent and the cast, outstanding.

Broadway fans will be knocked-out by this show. A must see and a prize in anyone's collection.
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My mom took me to see the show the day the show won a Tony Award that evening. I was also hooked on Broadway shows and great singers which Melba Moore's "I Got Love" went right through me. We purchased the soundtrack and I played that album so much, my father and brother threatened to disable the stereo just to have quiet in the house. Whoever is in charge of reproducing the video of the play with Melba Moore and Cleavon Little, please make it in the DVD format so everyone who watches it will experience theater at it's finest. I am anxiously waiting for a copy of a DVD version but will gladly buy a VHS version.
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I watched this with my mother as a preteen, she has now passed on. I am working on sharing the reason for Black History month with my kids. I referenced something from the play and my daughters looked puzzled. I then said, "the play with Melba Moore". Seeking a copy to enlighten our youth. They both said "Who's Melba Moore? 'nuff said---Contact me at disney3dee@yahoo.com, I want it on VHS or DVD.
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I chose 5 stars because of the casting, because of the chorus which was fabulous, because of the dancers which were wonderful and because of Melba Moore whom I just love.
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Just need to say that this was the first Broadway show I had ever seen and from that time I was hooked. I was hooked on broadway, hooked on Melba, and HOOKED ON THE SHOW PURLIE. I have this VHS and paid alot for it. If you have the chance to get it I would if I were you. I have met Melba and she said she doesn't even have it.
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