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Leadbelly (1976)

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  28 May 1976 (USA)
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The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted. Covering the good times and bad from his 20s to 40s. Much of that time was spent on chain gangs in the... See full summary »

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Huddie Ledbetter
Paul Benjamin ...
Wes Ledbetter
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Miss Eula
Alan Manson ...
Captain Freeman
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Dicklicker
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Blind Lemon Jefferson
James Brodhead ...
John Lomax
John Henry Faulk ...
Gov. Pat Neff
Vivian Bonnell ...
Old Lady
Dana Manno ...
Margaret Judd
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Sally Ledbetter
Rhetta Greene ...
Lethe (as Loretta Greene)
Valerie Odell ...
Amy
Rozaa Jean ...
Sugar Tit
Melba Englander ...
Evaline
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The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly is recounted. Covering the good times and bad from his 20s to 40s. Much of that time was spent on chain gangs in the south. Even in prison he became well known for the songs he had composed and sung during and before the time he spent there. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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They chased him down with dogs, chained him in iron, beat him with rawhide, slammed him in the sweatbox. They tried to bury Leadbelly, but Leadbelly wouldn't lie down. See more »

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Wonderfully evocative
1 July 2000 | by (Washington DC, USA) – See all my reviews

Marvellously atmospheric piece, loaded with great music, full of the air and vibe of blues legend Leadbelly's life and times. Color, energy, wonderful cinematography with washed-out colors suggesting heat and years of sun; truly great soundtrack. Every blues and rock fan should see it.


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