The camera visits a storefront church, a convention of gospel performers, classes where Mr. Dorsey explains the songs he has written and those where Mrs. Smith (known as Mother Smith) instructs would be gospel soloists. It also visits a lot of kitchens and living rooms, where the music is no less stirring than it is on stage. The music alone would be enough to make "SAY AMEN SOMEBODY" worth seeing. But it has warmth and friendliness, too, and some of its family scenes are as memorable as its songs.
(N.Y. Times, 11.3.83)
George T. Nierenberg
Willie May Ford Smith, Thomas A. Dorsey, Sam Benford
Edward Lachman, Don Lenzer
United States of America