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Writers (WGA):
Bill Kerby (written by) and
Daniel Taplitz (written by)
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Release Date:
20 February 2000 (USA) See more »
The struggle that nearly destroyed him. The miracle that saved him. The music that made him a legend. See more »
The story of Little Richard Penniman, from his poor Southern upbringing to dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a black singer in the 1950s, to his born-again phase and brief "retirement" from rock and roll. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Leon ... Little Richard

Jenifer Lewis ... Muh Penniman

Carl Lumbly ... Bud Penniman

Tamala Jones ... Lucille

Mel Jackson ... Bump Blackwell

Garrett Morris ... Carl Rainey
Anthony Lee

Lahmard J. Tate (as Lahmard Tate)

Alimi Ballard

Anthony Griffith

JoNell Kennedy (as Jonell Kennedy)

Michael Mantell ... Art Rupe
Reynaldo Rey ... Sugarfoot Sam
William James Jones ... Billy Wright

Warren G. ... Studio Musician

Gregory Gast ... Pat Boone

Michael Ralph

Karen Bankhead ... Dorothy La Bostrie
Robert Littman ... Don Arden

Ski Carr (as Louie Ski Carr)
Ali Woodson (as Ali Ollie Woodson)
Tariq Akoni ... Buster Douglas
Johnny Britt ... Clifford Burke

Ty Hodges ... Young Richard (as Eric 'Ty' Hodges II)
Deandre Dupois ... Youngest Richard
Shandra Olds-Whitlow ... Youngest Peggie
Elliott Pinkney-Ball ... Youngest Robert (as Elliot Pinkney-Ball)
Brian Wiltshire ... Young Marquette
V.P. Oliver ... Young Robert
Fhelycia Howe ... Youngest Silvia

Tressa Thomas ... Ruth Brown

Conroe Brooks ... Sam Cooke

Devika Parikh ... Silvia Penniman

Robbie Gee ... Boss Man (as Robert Gee)

Jennifer Lee ... Waitress

Bobby McGee ... Musician #1

Biff Yeager ... Farm Hand
Roscoe Freeman ... Henry Nash

Virginia Watson ... Mrs. Clemens

Ion Overman ... Drunk Girl

Don Dowe ... Cop

Enya Flack ... Leroy's Girl

Claudia Jordan ... Sexy Lady

Sharlene Rochard ... Party Girl #1

Mike Kimmel ... The Businessman
D'Wayne Gardner ... Sailor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jane Bordeaux ... Concert Goer

Erick Carrillo ... Swing dancer
Jackie B. Collins ... 'Baby'

Gichi Gamba ... Musician
Paul Moncrief ... Fan
Mario Mosley ... Babyface Singer / Dancer

Erin Powers ... Sailor's Girlfriend

Forest Robin ... Swing dancer
Kenny Young ... Lee Diamond (as Kenneth M. Young)

MarLee Candell ... Teeny Bopper (uncredited)
Bob Casper ... Concert Goer (uncredited)

Tom Faraday ... Concert Goer (uncredited)

Emily Johnson ... Featured Dancer (uncredited)
Shirley Levi ... Sexy Girl (uncredited)
Suzanne Mackay ... Swing Dancer (uncredited)
Courtney McLaughlin ... Stage Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Townsend 
Writing credits
Bill Kerby (written by) and
Daniel Taplitz (written by)

Produced by
John Davis .... executive producer
J. Todd Harris .... executive producer
Little Richard .... executive producer
Iain Paterson .... producer
Original Music by
Velton Ray Bunch 
Cinematography by
Edward J. Pei 
Film Editing by
Sabrina Plisco  (as Sabrina Plisco-Morris)
Marcelo Sansevieri 
Casting by
Brian Chavanne 
Production Design by
Michael Novotny 
Art Direction by
Daniel Novotny 
Set Decoration by
Richard Reams 
Costume Design by
Tracey White 
Makeup Department
Deena Adair .... key hair stylist
Debra Denson .... assistant makeup artist
Laini Thompson .... makeup department head
Julia L. Walker .... hair stylist: Leon (as Julia Walker)
Warren Lewis .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Rick Blumenthal .... production manager
Bryan Gawron .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Kay .... second assistant director
Richard Peter Schroer .... first assistant director
Art Department
Curtis Baruth .... construction coordinator
Belen Burditte .... art department coordinator
Tom Shaw Jr. .... property master
Will Thayer .... carpenter
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Dennis Fuller .... boom operator
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Rick Hart .... sound re-recording mixer
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist
Joe Melody .... sound supervisor
Ken Segal .... production sound mixer
Russell Williams II .... sound recordist (as Russell Williams)
Visual Effects by
Eric Grenaudier .... digital compositor
Kenya Hadley .... visual effects digital technician (2000)
Frank Lawas .... video assist
Victor Scalise .... visual effects editor
Peter V. Ware .... visual effects producer
Darrin Wehser .... digital artist
Bryan Counts .... stunts
Keith Splinter Davis .... stunts
Zack Duhame .... stunts
Zach Hudson .... stunt double
Zach Hudson .... utility stunts
Alan Oliney .... stunts
Dana Reed .... stunts
Eddie Yansick .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen B. Abrams .... best boy grip
Rick Davidson .... Steadicam operator
Jason C. Fitzgerald .... best boy electric
James Frederick .... electrician
Andy Graham .... camera operator
Christopher Haifley .... second assistant camera (as Chris Haifley)
Gerry O'Malley .... Steadicam operator
Vince Rodriguez .... key grip
James Sprattley .... first assistant camera
Michael Weaver .... chief lighting technician (as Mike Weaver)
Casting Department
Sasha Adkinson .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Perri Kimono .... costume supervisor
Philip Maldonado .... costumer
Gilberto Mello .... set costumer
Sybil Mosely .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
J.R. Benson .... color timer
Scott Burnette .... assistant editor
Titus Y.H. Chong .... post-production assistant
Dana B. Wilson .... first assistant editor: avid
Location Management
Murray Miller .... location manager
Music Department
Johnny Britt .... music producer
Richard F.W. Davis .... music editor
Eric Hester .... assistant to composer
David Sibley .... music supervisor
Greg Townley .... scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Mike Painter .... transportation coordinator (as Michael A. Painter)
Chris Walden .... driver
Paul Jones .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
G. Tyler Clancy .... assistant to director
Russell Clark .... choreographer
Sam M. Cobb .... production medic
Angie Lee Cobbs .... assistant: Mr. Paterson
Lori Goldbach .... first assistant accountant
Billy Greenfield .... production assistant (as Bill Greenfield)
Debra R. Lopez .... first assistant accountant (as Debra R. Duff)
Jo McIllece .... production coordinator
Johnston H. Moore .... assistant production coordinator
Trudy Ramirez .... script supervisor (as Trudy G. Ramirez)
Robert Schroer .... production assistant
Matt G. Sheets .... production assistant
Susan Slattery .... production accountant
Corey C. Witte .... assistant to producer

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Additional Details

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120 min | Germany:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Little Richard suggested Prince for the lead role, but the deal was never made.See more »
Little Richard:[after a bandmate complains of wearing sissy make-up] Being pretty ain't never bothered me. Ain't that right, Lucille?
Lucille:'Bout the prettiest boy I've ever seen.
Little Richard:Now, sneaking in the back doors so the white folks don't see us till we're on stage, eating in a parking lot of some restaurant that I wouldn't even pay to eat at the counter at, now *that* bothers me. Being called a sissy?
Little Richard:You look-a here! Them white kids, they're dancing to *our* music! Okay, they may have Pat Boone on their record player in case their parents walk in, but they got *my* record underneath their pillow. You know which show we're playing here? You know how many colors have played here...
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Satan get behind me., 3 January 2003
Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK

This is a very interesting story about the "Queen" of Rock 'n' Roll Little Richard Penniman. This movie stays true to the little I've researched. Actor turned director Robert Townsend gives us an intimate look at one of the founders of the music that changed the world. His abusive childhood to his bizarre beginnings in show business and his bowing out of an astounding career to preach the word of God. Then his energetic, but slightly noticed comeback. Thanks to Little Richard for "Lucille", "Long Tall Sally", "Tutti Fruitti" and his other hard, pulse pounding anthems. Leon is excellent in the starring role. Also of note in this biopic is Carl Lumbly, Tamala Jones, Anthony Griffith and Jonelle Kennedy. If you love Rock 'n' Roll and enjoy backing up your brain to its foundation you will enjoy LITTLE RICHARD.

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