The Old Settler (2001)

TV Movie   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance

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In 1940s Harlem, two sisters take in a hepcat as a boarder. Although he is young and they are older, their life choices parallel one another.



  • Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad in The Old Settler (2001)
  • Debbie Allen in The Old Settler (2001)
  • Debbie Allen in The Old Settler (2001)
  • Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad in The Old Settler (2001)
  • Debbie Allen in The Old Settler (2001)
  • Phylicia Rashad and Bumper Robinson in The Old Settler (2001)

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12 May 2001 | Mag-13
Loved it.
I saw this film of a story written by Willa Cather twice on the local black public television network, out of Howard University. I wish I'd stayed to watch the credits, but I do know the names of two of the actors: Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen play sisters who, with several of their neighbors, move to Harlem from South Carolina to change their lives. Some of them change their names, but none of them changes his personality.

Forty-something and terminally spinstered Rashad rents out a room in her Harlem home to a young man, named "Husband," from back home. They soon fall in love and he convinces her and the viewer that he is not like the other emigrants who have fallen into a life of drugs, theft and prostitution.

Rashad and Allen show us black people as whites rarely see them in films: thoughtful, conservative, human.

I don't know if you could rent this film, but it's worth seeing. And I don't know why IMDB doesn't have more information on it.


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