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The Ditchdigger's Daughters (1997)

TV Movie | 92 min | Drama

In many ways "The Ditchdigger's Daughters" adheres to the well worn path of a genre best described as the black struggle in an injust white America. But the real plot in this movie revolves around the tyranny of a father and the effect it ...See moreIn many ways "The Ditchdigger's Daughters" adheres to the well worn path of a genre best described as the black struggle in an injust white America. But the real plot in this movie revolves around the tyranny of a father and the effect it has on his six daughters as he cajoles, demands, blusters, and drives his daughters to reach for his notion of excellence. Demanding all "A" report cards, prohibiting dating, punishing with housework, and insisting that each daughter aim her sights on a career as a doctor all harken to the underlying fact of his own failure to complete school, and his own view of being poor and black. Written by Gary Davis See less
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Yvonne S. Thornton (book "The Ditch Digger's Daughters") (as Yvonne S. Thornton M.D.) | Jo Coudert (book "The Ditch Digger's Daughters") | Paris Qualles
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Updated Feb 23, 1997

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Feb 23, 1997 (United States)

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Carl Lumbly
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Monique Coleman
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Kimberly Elise
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Malaika Jabali
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Kiara Tucker
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Denice Sealy
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Robin Michelle McClamb
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Lou Criscuolo
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Beron Toster
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Joanne Pankow
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Tyhm Kennedy
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Richard K. Olsen
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Gray Sibley
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Charlie Lucas
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Christina Ryals
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7.7 / 10 | 208 votes