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Before Women Had Wings [VHS][1997]


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  • Actors: Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Barkin, Tina Majorino, Julia Stiles, John Savage
  • Producers: Oprah Winfrey
  • Format: HiFi Sound, PAL, Full Screen, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Odyssey
  • VHS Release Date: 12 Oct. 1998
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CW39
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,673 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Young 'Bird' Jackson's home life is a frightening one. She seeks refuge from her nightmare life with her parents with their neighbour Miss Zora (Oprah Winfrey), confiding her hopes and dreams and forging a strong friendship. Miss Zora decides to help Bird escape from her family.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "tomkatz4" on 20 Feb. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
After having coffee at 11pm (not a good idea) and not being able to sleep, I found myself flicking through the TV channels for a good hour until I found 'Before Women Had Wings'. I was expecting some sort of trashy, light-hearted romance. How wrong I was.
'Before Women Had Wings' is the story of Glory Marie (Ellen Barkin - 'Drop Dead Gorgeous'), and her daughters, Bird (Tina Majorino - 'Waterworld') and Phoebe (Julia Stiles - 'Save The Last Dance'). After the suicide of the father, Glory Marie takes the girls and moves to a mobile court in Tampa Bay, Florida, mistankenly thinking that their lot will improve. Glory Marie's misery at being a beaten women (the scene where her husband punches her teeth out is particularly nasty) turns her to alcohol, and that turns her against her daughters. She thinks Phoebe is making an exhibition of herself with her big hair, and blames Bird (wrongly!) for her father's death. At the mobile court, Bird comes into contact with a mysterious black woman, Miss Zora (Oprah Winfrey - 'Beloved'), and I won't give any more of the plot away.
The acting from all the cast is superb. Although she plays a monstrous, child-abusing character, Ellen Barkin brings a sense of pity to her character expertly. Julia Stiles is fantastic as strong-willed Phoebe, and Oprah is her usual warm, loving self. However it is young Tina Majorino who steals the show as Bird, a child so innocent and sweet, who yet knows more heartache and terror than most adults ever will.
Ultimately, 'Before Women Had Wings' is a moving, shocking, uplifting film, and thanks to all concerned, this adaptation of Connie May Fowler's novel makes you really care for the characters and their fates.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 April 2000
Format: VHS Tape
this is positively one of my favorite films of all time. The acting from all the cast is extremely high standard and the lack of supporting characters, outside locations and subplots only help to bring across the isolated feelings of the characters. a definite must-see.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Rebecca on 17 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
No matter how many times I watch this film, it never fails to have me in floods of tears (and me being not the type of person who cries in films, this is an achievement). The performances are 5 star, and the script is perfect. The thing I loved most about this film was that even though its very heartfelt, its based on reality, so not everything turns out alright for the characters.
Its the type of film anyone will walk away from once, and never forget. Possible in my top 5 favourite films ever. Any film fan must watch this, truly a wonderful film.
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By Finch on 26 July 2007
Format: VHS Tape
I was flicking on the movie channels and this sounded ok so settled down to watch it. The editing was really bad but the story and acting was excellent. Ellen Barkin was particularly pitiful and Bird just broke my heart. Maybe the editing made Julia Stiles part small but she was more of a support act in this.
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