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Leadbelly (1976)

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
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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 ...
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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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Meet Leadbelly - A real man who's a winner! See more »

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Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter) was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. See more »

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Unforgettable
11 June 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Truly outstanding performance by Roger Mosely as Leadbelly. A must-see for any music or blues fan. The film takes you back in time, shows the pain, suffering and hardship of the American Black experience, and the music that evolved from that suffering. Most interesting is the explanation for how Leadbelly got his nickname. The film is true to life and captures your attention right from the start - taking you right into Leadbelly's world - one not only filled with very hard times, but the best of American blues roots music. An outstanding biography with excellent acting, GREAT music - an all-in-all unforgettable biography.


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