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Purlie Victorious

4.7 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Self-ordained minister Purlie Victorious returns to Georgia with his wife to turn a barn into a church.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Godfrey Cambridge, Hilda Haynes, Beah Richards
  • Directors: Nicholas Webster
  • Writers: Ossie Davis
  • Producers: Nicholas Webster, Brock Peters
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BM7YHE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Purlie Victorious" on IMDb

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Starring Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Alan Alda, Purlie Victorious, originally a popular Broadway production, is the intriguing story of a black preacher's return to his home in rural Georgia to claim a rightful inheritance and diminish the powers of his once served 'boss' Ol' Cap'n Stonewall Jackson Cotchipee. As an activist film in the midst of the civil rights movement in the 1960's, Purlie Victorious entertains viewers with a great plot as Purlie's persuasion convinces his young girl-friend to claim herself a long-lost relative of Cotchipee's family. When the deception fails to work, rendering Purlie "dispositioned" to go into hiding. Remarkably, however, Cotchipee's son, Charlie, intervenes to the couples assistance and hopefully their eventual success. Purlie Victorious is very highly recommended for its interesting and progressive message. (black & white, 100 minutes)
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Ossie Davis was indeed a master storyteller. I saw the play on broadway with Cleavon Little in the title role and Melba Moore as Lutiebelle. I saw the play on A&E with Robert Guilluame in the title role. But, Ossie was truly Purlie in every fiber of his being. The original title of this movie was Gone Are The Days when I saw it on television many years ago. I was so taken with his performance that I taped it on a reel to reel just to hear it over and over again. Now that I have the original on dvd my children can get to see what real acting is all about. And they get to see 'The Mayor' in his prime. Yes, from the beginning Ossie knew how to 'do the right thing'!
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With the recent passing of Ossie Davis, I wanted to see some of his earlier works. As I expected his play, turned into film, was outstanding. He and Ruby Dee were always captivating and it's good to know that their chemistry was there from the start.

Supporting characters, such as Alan Alda, were essential to this story line. Though, nowadays, I'd consider Mr. Cambridge's performance a bit bafoonish ... it flowed with the times and tone of the story. His part made for a better "read" than to actually "see" him play the part.

Overrall, I'm glad I have it for my collection of black films to pass on to my two sons.
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Purlie Victorious stars screenplay author Ossie Davis as a preacher who comes back home to scheme five hundred dollars away from ol' Massa Cotchipee (Sorrell Booke of Dukes Of Hazard) so he can start his own church. He gets an assist from Cotchipee's liberal son, Alan Alda in his plan to free his people through the word of the Lord. It may not sound funny but this is a great comedy.

The DVD is crisp and almost perfectly dustless.
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With many of its original cast members, this
film version of Ossie Davis' 1961 Broadway
comedy is a fascinating remnant of a lost
Broadway age, with entertaining portrayals
by Davis, Ruby Dee, Alan Alda and Godrey
Csmbridge, among others. A must for theater
fans.
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This movie reminds me how much I love Ruby Dee and Ozzie Davis. They really do compliment each other with their acting as well as their relationship. She was the Ying to his Yang.
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My Mother and I enjoy old black and white movies featuring African-Americans. This movie is one of the classics!! For the era, the actors are rich with dialogue and eager to please their audience. A very young Ossie Davis gives a stellar performance is this simple, but delightful story
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This in itself is a time capsule from the civil rights movement years. The performances are incomparable. Every American high school student should be required to view and discuss the significance of this movie, along with "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "A Family Thing," with regard to the history of race relations in these United States. "Purlie Victorious" stands as, among other things an extraordinary tribute not only to Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, but to all the cast members, living and dead.
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