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Product Description

Woman, Thou Art Loosed is the story of Michelle Jordan (Kimberly Elise), a young woman raised in an environment of abuse and molestation at the hands of her mother's boyfriend Reggie (Clifton Powell); which her mother Cassie (Loretta Devine) unwittingly condones. While incarcerated, Michelle sends Bishop Jakes (Bishop T.D. Jakes) a letter requesting a visit. Jakes agrees to meet Michelle and soon uncovers the painful history that led to her personal demise. The Special Edition includes never before seen footage, deleted scenes, and related sermon material.

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Woman Thou Art Loosed is a powerful, tragic feature film adaptation of the bestselling, inspirational book of the same name by Dallas-based minister T.D. Jakes. Jakes plays himself in this fictional movie (which is derived from his work with women seeking guidance after experiences of abuse), lending his golden presence in a story about a death row inmate, Michelle (Kimberly Elise), whose childhood rape by her clueless mother's boyfriend leads to one catastrophe after another. Elise is very good in a difficult part, her character deeply cynical and seemingly beyond the reach of love, yet still human. The rest of the cast is also very fine: Loretta Devine as the ever-in-denial mom, Michael Boatman as a childhood friend who recalls Michelle's innocence, and Sean Blakemore as a criminal trying to steal the doomed heroine's soul. Veteran television director Michael Schultz ably guides the drama toward its quiet, unforgettable ending. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Kimberly Elise, T.D. Jakes, Michael Boatman, Loretta Devine, Debbi Morgan
  • Directors: Michael Schultz
  • Writers: T.D. Jakes, Stan Foster, Christine Swanson
  • Producers: Cheryl Miller, Paul Garnes, Reuben Cannon, Stan Foster
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNRM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Woman Thou Art Loosed" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

This was a great movie it has good morals and a very touching story behind it.
S. Samples
TD Jakes also leads a person to a place where he/she needs to be, to take a look at their own spirituality and where God is in your life.
D. Ward
It is a very good movie about some terrible things that happen in life sometimes and how people will react to the situation.
Holly

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 11, 2005
Format: DVD
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 By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2005
Format: DVD
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nardsbaby VINE VOICE on May 25, 2005
Format: DVD
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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