Say Amen, Somebody

The music conquers doubt and unhappiness, and when it ends, you feel healed.

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Say Amen, Somebody

COMING IN FALL 2019 IN A NEW 4K RESTORATION!

One of the most acclaimed music documentaries of all time,
Say Amen, Somebody is George Nierenberg’s masterpiece — a joyous, funny, deeply emotional celebration of African American culture, featuring the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey ("Precious Lord, Take My Hand"); its matron, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith; and earth-shaking performances by the Barrett Sisters and the O'Neal Twins. When it was first released in the early 1980s, the film received an overwhelming critical response, garnering rave reviews around the world.

“One of the most joyful movies I’ve ever seen.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“The film’s mood is never less than marvelously infectious.” — Richard Schickel, Time

Quoting Willie Mae Ford Smith: “‘I just have a feeling within… You can’t help yourself. It goes between the marrow and the bones. I feel like I could fly’… [the film] has the same uplifting effect on its audience.” — Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News

Unseen in cinemas for nearly thirty years, Say Amen, Somebody has been gorgeously restored to 4K by Milestone with support from the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Academy Film Archive. The new restoration features brilliantly restored Dolby Stereo and 5.1 soundtracks!
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Genre
Documentary, Music, African-American Experience, Culture Vulture, Religion
Runtime
101
Language
English
Director
George T. Nierenberg
FEATURED REVIEW
Wesley Morris, New York Times

Anything that matters for a documentary about gospel music — harmonies, robes, wigs, sweat, a shot (perhaps) of the kind of piano playing that could easily be confused with kneading dough, professional wrestling or construction work — is spilling out of “Say Amen, Somebody.”

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