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Writers (WGA):
Richard Wesley (written by) and
Robert Johnson (written by) ...
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Release Date:
4 February 2001 (USA) See more »
The dancing was real. The smile was not. See more »
Someone says something to someone else that they didn't like so other stuff was said and a few things happened | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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The tapping is the best part, but an overall fine, fine film. See more (4 total) »


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Gregory Hines ... Bojangles

Peter Riegert ... Marty

Kimberly Elise ... Fannie

Maria Ricossa ... Rae

Savion Glover ... Newcomer

Linette Doherty ... Elaine (as Linette Robinson)

Jonathan Higgins ... Zanuck
Lea Marie Golde ... Shirley
Novie Edwards ... Clarissa
Jackie Richardson ... Bedella
Caliaf St. Aubin ... Luther (as Caliaf St. Aubyn)
Aaron Meeks ... William (Young Percy)
Donovon Ian H. McKnight ... Lem (as Donovon Hunter McKnight)
Philip Akin ... Williamson

Arnold Pinnock ... Lincoln
Quancetia Hamilton ... Hattie McDaniels
Addison Bell ... Stagehand
Thomas Patrice ... Black Musician

Nelson Tynes ... Black Performer
Oscar Hsu ... Asian Performer
Jill Dyck ... Rich Lady
Carson Durven ... Black Soldier (as Carson R. Durven)
Jeff Jones ... Club Owner

Richard Yearwood ... Randy Benson
Charmaynn Lawrence ... Sexy Woman

Martin Doyle ... Doc Kerner

Desmond Campbell ... Cardsharp
Martin Roach ... Percy
Kirsten Bishop ... Shirley's Mom (as Kirsten Bishopric)

Aaron Poole ... Assistant Director
Billy Parrott ... Assistant Director

Bill Lake ... Director
Michael Kramer ... Radio Announcer
Channing C. Holmes ... Challenge Dancer / 'Stormy Weather' Dancer (as Channing Holmes)
Travis Knights ... Challenge Dancer / 'Stormy Weather' Dancer
Roger Montgomery ... Trumpet Player
Michael Dunston ... Card Dealer
Bernard Browne ... Doctor
Richard Chevolleau ... Young Militant
Claudio Masciulli ... Stage Manager
Jeremy Harris ... Producer's Assistant
Judi Embden ... Prostitute
Jason Bernard ... 'Blackbirds' Dancer
Shawn Byfield ... 'Blackbirds' Dancer (as Sean Byfield)
Ayodele Casel ... Blackbirds' Dancer / 'Stormy Weather Dancer
David Cox ... Blackbirds' Dancer / 'Stormy Weather Dancer

Melissa Haizlip ... Blackbirds' Dancer / 'Stormy Weather Dancer
Tedd Levy ... 'Blackbirds' Dancer (as Ted L. Levy)
Kiera Sangster ... Blackbirds' Dancer / 'Stormy Weather Dancer

Sherisse Springer ... 'Blackbirds' Dancer
Dexter Terrell Jones ... Stormy Weather Dancer
Latoya Robinson ... Stormy Weather Dancer

Directed by
Joseph Sargent 
Writing credits
Richard Wesley (written by) and
Robert Johnson (written by) (as Robert P. Johnson)

Jim Haskins (book "Mr. Bojangles: The Biography of Bill Robinson") and
N.R. Mitgang (book "Mr. Bojangles: The Biography of Bill Robinson")

Produced by
Gregory Hines .... executive producer
Laurie Mirsky .... line producer
Robert Riesenberg .... executive producer
Fran Saperstein .... executive producer
Richard Vane .... executive producer
Original Music by
Terence Blanchard (music by)
Cinematography by
Donald M. Morgan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
B.J. Sears 
Casting by
Diane Kerbel 
Beth Klein 
Patricia McCorkle  (as Pat McCorkle)
Production Design by
Franco De Cotiis  (as Franco de Cotiis)
Art Direction by
Cheryl Toy 
Set Decoration by
Jerri Thrasher 
Costume Design by
Karen Perry 
Makeup Department
Daisy Lee Bijac .... makeup artist
Madeleine Russell .... hair stylist
Production Management
David Bailey .... post-production supervisor
Tim King .... executive in charge of post-production
Chad Tomasoski .... post-production supervisor
Steve Wakefield .... executive in charge of production
Claire Welland .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
D. Joanne Malo .... second assistant director
Bruce Speyer .... first assistant director
Michael Tassie .... third assistant director
Art Department
Jon Bankson .... construction coordinator
Christopher Jenkins .... property master
Arlene Lott .... first assistant art director
Tamara Andrews .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Marshall Garlington .... re-recording mixer
Claude Hazanavicius .... sound mixer
Doug Kent .... supervising sound editor
Anthony Mazzei .... supervising sound editor
Ken Teaney .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Jeff Skochko .... special effects supervisor
Derek Liscoumb .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Shelley Cook .... stunt coordinator
Rick Forsayeth .... stunt coordinator
John Stoneham Sr. .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Gabriele DiChiara .... chief lighting technician (as Gabriele Dichiara)
Mark Silver .... key grip
Kit Whitmore .... camera operator
Mike Gowland .... generator operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darlene Jackson .... costume supervisor
Barbara Warren .... key set costumer (as Barbara A. Warren)
Mireille Moreau .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Daniel Fort .... assistant editor
Music Department
Todd Bozung .... music editor
Stephen Edwards .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Jerome McCann .... transportation supervisor
Other crew
Jessica Berman Bogdan .... stock footage researcher (as Jessica Berman-Bogdan)
Candis Buder .... production accountant
Henry LeTang .... choreographer (as Henry Le Tang)
Nancy Markle .... script supervisor
Joanne Rider .... production coordinator
Shea Sullivan .... assistant choreographer
Thomas Vencelides .... location manager
Chad Tomasoski .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo | Dolby (Dolby Surround)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

"Bojangles" was a left foot lead tap dancer, whereas Gregory Hines was a right foot lead tap dance. Hines had to learn tap with his left foot first, which is highlighted at the end of the movie when there is a side-by-side comparison of the two doing "Bojangles" specialty, the dancing staircase.See more »


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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The tapping is the best part, but an overall fine, fine film., 11 July 2001
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

This story about the life of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson begins in 1916, when after his performance he meets the young pharmacology student who he eventually marries. She was about 20, he was in his early 40s. The film ends about 30 years later, with what looks like original footage of his funeral procession in NYC. To 99% of the people "Bo" was a great and generous person and entertainer. To the other 1% who knew him intimately, he was apparently a real S.O.B.

A compulsive gambler and womanizer, his life was pretty close to a happy trainwreck. Dancing professionally until past the age of 65, he suffered with heart problems and died at age 71. During his prime he was the highest-paid black performer, and he was the black dancer in some of the early Shirley Temple movies.

The film is based on his biography, co-produced by star Gregory Hines, so I assume it is an accurate protrayal. In general I like fact-based films best, and I really like this one. I rate it "8" of 10. I also am a big fan of great dancing, and this film has that. I consider Hines not only a superb actor, but also one of the best modern dancers, and his portrayal of "Bojangles" seems so perfect. However, the real highlight for me is 1 hour 16 minutes into the film, when the newcomer kid, played by Savion Glover, does a routine that dazzles Bojangles, then they do a routine together in the dingy nightclub. The whole scene with all the tapping only lasts about 3 minutes, but it is a remarkable 3 minutes.

The DVD is very simple, no access to a menu, no digital sound, no extras. It is a Showtime movie.

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