A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Poster

Release Date: 1989

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary
Mary Thomas (Alfre Woodard) is a single mother with nine children in a rough Chicago neighborhood. She struggles through poverty, resisting gangsters, violence and drugs while battling an indifferent city bureaucracy. Her children thrive under her protection, despite the dangers and temptations of their neighborhood. Mary's youngest son, Isiah (Larry O. Williams Jr.), grows up to be on of the greatest players in the history of the NBA, leading the Detroit Pistons to two championships.

Cast: Alfre Woodard, Garland Spencer, Larry O. Williams, Adrienne-Joi Johnson, Chick Vennera, Jamey Sheridan, Leon

Director: John Patterson

Genres: Docudrama

Keywords: Rise, Sacrifice, 1980s, Daughter, Moving, Mother, Family, 1970s, Son, Emotional, Growing up

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Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie