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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Bill Kerby (written by) and
Daniel Taplitz (written by)
Contact:
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Release Date:
20 February 2000 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The struggle that nearly destroyed him. The miracle that saved him. The music that made him a legend. See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Interesting guy, uninteresting movie See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (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
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:

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)

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
(WGA)
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
 
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
 
Stunts
Bryan Counts .... 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
 
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
Bill Greenfield .... production assistant
Debra R. Lopez .... first assistant accountant (as Debra R. Duff)
Jo McIllece .... production coordinator
Murray Miller .... location manager
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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Runtime:
120 min | Germany:86 min
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Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The singing voice for Little Richard, was provided by Legendary singer Ali Ollie Woodson who was a lead singer for The Temptations and also portrayed himself in this film.See more »
Quotes:
Little Richard:[improvising on the piano] A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-good-hot-damn! Tutti frutti! Good booty! Tutti frutti! Good booty! Tutti frutti! Good booty! Tutti frutti! Good booty! If it don't fit, don't force it! If you grease it, make it easy!
Bump Blackwell:We have *got* to record that!
Little Richard:What?
Bump Blackwell:Yeah that! *That* is a hit!
Little Richard:You're kidding me.
Bump Blackwell:No, no, no, no, I mean, we gotta clean up the lyrics though. That's a... that's a definite. Dorothy, get in here!
Little Richard:But wait a second. Bump...
Bump Blackwell:This is gonna be...! Dorothy!
[Dorothy runs in]
Bump Blackwell:C'mere! Quick! Get in here!
[...]
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Interesting guy, uninteresting movie, 6 April 2001
Author: eegah-3 (eegah@hotmail.com) from Minneapolis, MN

I know that the real story of Little Richard is a lot more thrilling than this maudlin and thoroughly average biopic. But then producer Little Richard was probably too reluctant to bring to light any sordid details of his life and just gave us a forgettable facsimile of his career highlights from the 50s and 60s.

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