The Sophisticated Gents


2h 1981

Brief Synopsis

Twenty-five-year reunion of members of a Black athletic-social club, based on the book "The Junior Bachelor Society", brings together nine of its members for the first time to honor their old coach but is marred by a murder investigation involving one of the gents (Melvin Van Peebles, who had writte

Film Details

Also Known As
Sophisticated Gents
Release Date
1981
Production Company
CFI Hollywood; NBC Entertainment

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

Twenty-five-year reunion of members of a Black athletic-social club, based on the book "The Junior Bachelor Society", brings together nine of its members for the first time to honor their old coach but is marred by a murder investigation involving one of the gents (Melvin Van Peebles, who had written the teleplay as well as one of the songs). This basically all-Black film, made in 1979, sat on the network shelf for nearly two years.

Cast

Bibi Besch

Simone Parks

Bernie Casey

Shurley Walker

Rosalind Cash

Christine Jackson

Sonny Jim Gaines

Chappie Davis

Rosey Grier

Cudjo Evers

Harry Guardino

Collins

Albert Hall

Swoop Ferguson

Robert Hooks

Ezzard Chops Jackson

Janet Maclachlan

Diane

Joanna Miles

Sandra Dobson

Denise Nicholas

Pat Henderson

Ron O'neal

Clarence Henderson

Thalmus Rasulala

Kenneth Snake Dobson

Beah Richards

Miz Porter

Raymond St. Jacques

Dartagnan Parks

Melvin Van Peebles

Silkie Porter; Walter Moon

Marlene Warfield

Lil Joplin

Dick Anthony Williams

Ralph Joplin

Paul Winfield

Richard Bubbles Wiggins

Alfre Woodard

Evelyn Evers

Dennis Patrick

Wilbur Marcus

Lynn Benesch

Renee Marcus

Robert Earl Jones

Big Ralph

Al Fann

Sugar

James Luisi

Buonfiglio

Christina Hart

Gerda

Charles Blackwell

Heflin

Junior Fann

Chappie'S Woman

Wayne Storm

Stash Kwalick

June Christopher

Dorrie

Clement St George

Michael

Hank Brandt

Clyde Fitzgerald

Wally Taylor

Griggs

Stymie Beard

Mickey Mouse

Rocke Birt

Young Dart

Mario Van Peebles

Nicholas

Davis Roberts

Perkins

Al Robertson

Palmer

Mel Scott

Cutting

Mark Thomas

Rhobert

Alicia D'hanifu

Actress

Casey Brown

Receptionist

Lee Hamilton

Moon'S Gail

Rubert Williams

Chauffeur

Dee Timberlake

Chop'S Secretary

Janice Whitby

Gail Peabody

Cynthia Latham

French Maid

Rene Levant

Actor

Candace Mckendree

Stewardess

Mary Ellen O'neil

Nurse

Harry Middlebrooks

Detective No 1

Vince Trankina

Detective No 2

Lawrence Green

Sergeant

Randy Lindsey

Caged Man

Gene Whittington

Worker; Worker No 1

Tom Delaney

Worker No 2

John Zaremba

Mayor Farrington

Matthew Beard

Film Details

Also Known As
Sophisticated Gents
Release Date
1981
Production Company
CFI Hollywood; NBC Entertainment

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States January 1990

Aired in United States June 1990

Aired in United States October 1, 1981

Aired in United States September 29, 1981

Aired in United States September 30, 1981

Shown at Museum of Modern Art, New York City in a Melvin Van Peebles retrospective June 22-30, 1990.

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Shown at United States Film Festival Park City, Utah January 23 & 28, 1990.