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Friday, February 15, 2008

"The Sophisticated Gents" (1981)

Several African-American men gather for a 25-year reunion of their athletic club, and to honor their coach, Charles David (Sonny Jim Gaines). There are secrets and lies swirling around the reunion, as well as a murder investigation, which threatens to knock everything off course.

The men include Ezra (Robert Hooks) who works for an African-American magazine where employees are fired on the spot if they are late for any reason. Ezra is in a troubled marriage; he has cheated on his wife, and his wife, Christine (Rosalind Cash) is hiding the fact that she had an abortion. D'Artagnan (Raymond St. Jacques) is a singer in the manner of Johnny Mathis, and his career is on the skids because of an indiscretion that happened years before. Snake (Thalmus Rasulala) is in an interracial marriage, and his committment to African-American causes is in question. Silky (Melvin Van Peebles) is the one member of the old club who went down the wrong path. He's under investigation by the police for criminal activities.

This is one of the better mini-series that were produced for TV during the early 1980's. The characters are well defined, and audiences are left guessing until the end how everything will work out.

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