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Woman Thou Art Loosed [VHS]

Kimberly Elise , Loretta Devine , Michael Schultz  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Debbi Morgan, Michael Boatman, Clifton Powell
  • Directors: Michael Schultz
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 5559174661
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,164,040 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional Rollercoaster, Well Worth the Ride! March 11, 2005
WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED is an amazingly successful film. Based on and book and subsequent play by the Dallas Bishop T.D. Jakes (who portrays himself in this film demonstrating quality acting skills), WOMAN is based on a composite of women for whom Jakes has provided counseling in his ministry. He is committed to the abused women not only of his congregation but now to all abuse women.

Michelle (Kimberly Elise is a staggeringly perfect performance) is introduced to us on Death Row with the Bishop TD Jakes making a visit to minister to her. Through a finely wrought series of flashbacks and onscreen commentary by many of the characters in the story we learn that Michelle was raped by Reggie (Clifton Powell), one of her mother Cassey's (Loretta Divine, another praiseworthy performance) boyfriends, transient and live-in, whom Michelle is required to address as 'Uncle'. When Michelle tries to tell her mother of the rape, Cassey refuses to believe her, fearing that if she confronts Reggie that he will leave her - a woman at whose age and 'family' status makes keeping a man difficult.

Michelle escapes her home and takes to the streets with her friend Nicole (Idalis DeLeon) and soon finds herself at eh mercy of a drug dealer Pervis (Sean Blakeman) who requires her to be a stripper and prostitute. She is eventually imprisoned for various reasons and it is with all of this in the past that the movie opens.

Once TD Jakes arranges for Michelle to be out of prison she reconnects with Cassey who is still living with the worthless Reggie, and refuses to take Michelle under her roof.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Based on Bishop T.J. Jakes' novel and stage play, this is a brutal, honest, and wonderfully acted film on the abuse of young women (statistics: 1 in 3 women have been molested between the ages of 5 and 15). It's a topic not often talked about, fermenting in silence, guilt, and anger, and so often will be continued from one generation to the next. This is what happens in this story, as Cassey, abused by her father, ends up with a boyfriend that rapes her daughter Michelle.
This award winning film shows how with the right script and fine acting, one can make a riveting film on a shoestring budget. The story is told in flashback, as Michelle tells Bishop Jakes about her life, both sitting in her jail cell, as she makes a house with no door, out of matchsticks.

The cast is superb: Kimberly Elise is Michelle, the central character, Loretta Devine is Michelle's mother Cassey, Debbi Morgan is Twana, Cassey's attractive, youthful mother, Clifton Powell is Reggie, Cassey's boyfriend, and Michael Boatman is Todd, the man who has always loved Michelle. Much of the film is extremely emotional, especially in the sections when the actors talk directly to the camera, a staging concept that is more like a play, but is very effectively used here.
The DVD gives the option of widescreen play and full screen, and for this particular film, I prefer the full screen, because so much is captured in the facial close-ups.

Bishop T.D. Jakes is one of the great preachers of our time, and is also an author of many books, a playwright, a musician and singer, and the human dynamo that leads the mega-church known as The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Commanding, heartrending film version May 25, 2005
Cassey Jordan (Loretta Devine)is a single mother that doubts that good men really exist. Especially who want to be saddled in a relationship with baggage. As luck would have it, there is a guy Reggie. Thanks to good old "Uncle" Reggie, Cassey now feels LOVE! Sure he has his faults! But guess what? He wants Cassey, and she's thanking GOD for him!

In flashbacks we go into the story of Michelle Jordan (Kimberly Elise), Cassey's daughter, who has just been released from jail.

In a desperate search for solace. The very cynical, Michelle still longs for the understanding from her "extremely simple" mother. Thankfully, she does have the support of Twana (Debbie Morgan) along, with her friend Nicole, who has issues of her own.

Michelle is attending revival, keeping herself free of those street elements. She has even captured the eye of her childhood friend Todd (Michael Boatman) who speaks of their "innocence".

Isn't it just like the darkness to cover you when you're trying so hard to be the best that you can be? No matter how you try to forget, the loathing encases your mind, heart, and your spirit. So much so that all you can feel is the overwhelming pain, that is steadily G R O W I N G!
C O N T R O L L I N G,
G U I D I N G,
W I L L I N G Y O U!

Can these little girls who've suffered so deeply live amidst that destructive path?

Unfortunately due to silence, fear, and shame generations of women are molested! It is not an easy topic to discuss. Since no one talks about what happened, the PROBLEM then becomes "looked over" which helps it fester into a full blown epidemic! Countless women in abusive, destructive, lives and relationships all stemmed from being closed off with this horrible secret.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Its exactly what I wanted.
Published 2 months ago by Wasiejah
5.0 out of 5 stars woman thou art loosed
was pleased with the video and it's message.
Published 2 months ago by Mary Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for mom. She appreciated the gift.
Present for mom. She appreciated the gift.
Published 2 months ago by Katmandu573
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy all movies with Kim Elise in them
I enjoy ordering items that can and will be a blessing to others. I am for sure that every person will enjoy a small gift of appreication.
Published 5 months ago by Tracie Denice Little
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Happy
I bought this movie. I was disappointed by not having a case. I wish I knew that before purchase. Had to purchase a case.
Published 7 months ago by Shar
1.0 out of 5 stars Violent and not a clear message
I'm all about Bishop T. D. Jakes. I didn't enjoy this movie though. The message was constricted. I hope/believe he'll do better projects in the future.
Published 7 months ago by TAMARA E. TYRELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I love it. I attended one of the Woman Thy Art Loosed Conventions. It was awesome to witness so many people in one place praising God. Everybody seem to be on the same page!
Published 7 months ago by Kathryn R. Sellers
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Gospel Preaching and Teaching
The script for the movie is very well written, acted, directed,and set. The cast genuinely portray rape is it occurs in the lives of most African-American women and its effects on... Read more
Published 9 months ago by The First Billionaire
5.0 out of 5 stars Second chances -- Woman Thous Art Loosed (Kimberly Elise)
Woman Thou Art Loosed, based on the novel by evangelist T. D. Jakes. The film is about a woman (Kimberly Elise) who goes down the wrong path -- not having trust in herself and not... Read more
Published 14 months ago by poetRMS-316
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart & thought provoking
I would recommend this dvd for all mothers to sit with their daughters and watch and explain this movie. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Melanie Hudson
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