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The Old Settler (2001)

Bebe Drake , Crystal R. Fox  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bebe Drake, Crystal R. Fox, Randy J. Goodwin, Ella Joyce, Paul Mooney
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007Y08V0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Old Settler" on IMDb

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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 young boarder, Husband Witherspoon. A naive country boy, Husband has traveled from rural South Carolina to search for his hometown sweetheart, Lou Bessie.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL sister act - done to perfection November 28, 2004
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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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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?
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best March 10, 2003
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Juicy drama with stellar performances! April 30, 2007
"The Old Settler" will make you laugh,cry and think. It's a love story on several levels. It explores the love between sisters. The last chance at love for an "old maid", which is what an old settler is in today's terms. And also the older woman younger/ man love affair. It's both comedy and drama. And don't look for Claire Huxtable. She is not home. This is set in depression era Harlem. And it will hold your attention from beginning to end. A great story with an even greater cast! Kudos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I expected October 20, 2002
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A young man? April 22, 2010
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Older women, just remember one thing:If a younger man you may be interested in continues to compare you to his mother, be wary. Did this guy want a second mom or a partner for life? I'm not saying younger men and older women are incompatible - but his maturity level would definitely have to factor into the equation. However, I enjoyed the movie. It was funny, very entertaining. There is just something about old-fashioned settings that I adore in movies like this - I guess it is because those values and ideas presented in them are long lost, and we'll never retrieve them, except thru this avenue. LOVED IT!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie The Old Settler! June 20, 2009
By Lynn
The was such a great movie to watch, at times very emotional. I thought both Debbie and Phylicia was wonderful in this movie, but Phylicia deserves an Oscar for the part she played. Love them both and just wanted to say they did a wonderful job. Can't wait to see them both appear in something else together. BIG UPS to both Debbie, Phylicia and the rest of the cast.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Acting January 8, 2008
These two sisters worked well together. It has the feel of a play but it is a movie. It leaves you thinking about the choices your mother had and how things are different now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by MICHAEL
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful movie thst is one of a kind!
Just a awesome story that is true for
many people and is a valuable lesson! I used this movie to teach women of all ages.
Published 2 months ago by beverly a gamu
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those treasures.
Watched this movie years ago, and was so moved, I shared its theme with my best friend, and lo and behold, she had been watching it at the same time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This is a great movie from the past. the acting was superb. I recommend this movie to all! Great movie!
Published 6 months ago by pamela barnwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Tonton
This was and excellent movie with an excellent cast, I would suggest this movie, this is my first time seeing these two sisters work together. Loved it.
Published 8 months ago by Tonton
5.0 out of 5 stars Talented sisters in their best performances -- The Old Settler [VHS]
The Old Settler is a remarkable production/play starring the real-life sisters, Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad. The story takes place during the 1940s in Harlem, NY. Read more
Published 12 months ago by poetRMS-316
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
This a classic movie which I love....really enjoyed the move and introduced it to my daughter to watch..The delivery on movie was good and in great shape ...
Published 14 months ago by All Natural
5.0 out of 5 stars The Old Settlers
This was a wonderful movie and I enjoyed the sisters in this tell of two spinsters. This was the only site that had the movie.
Published 19 months ago by Cecelia A. Ynoa Lantigua
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
This is some of the best work from Phyllicia Rashad and Debbie Allen. Set in the 1930-1940s, the two sisters live together in Harlem and are working hard to forgive past hurts and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by VBShopaholic
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Story - Great Acting
This is a solid story about two sisters who love each other, but due to one's transgression that hurt the other, there is still an open wound that needs to mend. Read more
Published on August 13, 2012 by I.c.y.
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