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Say Amen, Somebody

91% on Rotten Tomatoes – An exuberant documentary spotlighting the special world of gospel music.

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. 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.

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

David Denby, New York Magazine

"The film’s mood is never less than marvelously infectious."

Richard Schickel, Time

"Say Amen, Somebody is the most joyful movie I've seen in a very long time. It is also one of the best musicals and one of the most interesting documentaries. And it's also a terrific good time."

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Movie Info

Directed by George T. Nierenberg
100 Minutes

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