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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
4 February 2001 (USA) See more »
The dancing was real. The smile was not. See more »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
(4 articles)
10 tip-top tap dancing movies
 (From Den of Geek. 24 May 2013, 1:57 AM, PDT)

Today’s Birthdays 4/17/11
 (From ShadowAndAct. 17 April 2011, 5:17 PM, PDT)

Actor and Dancer Gregory Hines Dies at 57
 (From IMDb News. 10 August 2003)

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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Gregory Hines ... Bojangles

Peter Riegert ... Marty

Kimberly Elise ... Fannie

Maria Ricossa ... Rae

Savion Glover ... Newcomer

Linette Robinson ... Elaine

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 
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)
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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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"Ask anyone up Harlem way, who that guy Bojangles is", 4 October 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The grand daddy of all the folks who make beautiful clicking noises with their feet is portrayed here by Gregory Hines in the TV film Bojangles. As Fred Astaire said in Swing Time "ask anyone up Harlem way, who that guy Bojangles is. Astaire knew what he sung about because Bill Robinson was both a friend and dancing rival.

But Astaire got to play all kinds of sophisticated parts in films and dance with Ginger Rogers. Bill Robinson was reduced to playing butlers, doormen, and house servants of all kinds and his most famous dancing partner was Shirley Temple. He yearned to play wider range parts and in the end in his last film Stormy Weather he and newcomer Lena Horne made some beautiful music together.

When Bill Robinson in show business touring the tank towns, Jim Crow segregation was being enshrined into law by the Supreme Court with Plessy vs. Ferguson in 1896. What was unofficial before was legal now and Robinson like his contemporary Bert Williams endured the inferior eating establishments and accommodations to work his trade before mostly white people in the audience. He also had to put up with the ludicrous idea of performing in black face. He was made up as surely as Al Jolson was for Dockstadters Minstrels.

Somethings like a vaudeville partner and a first wife are eliminated from this story. Robinson did work a double dancing act and was married briefly before the character of his wife (second) was introduced. Kimberly Elise plays the character. She was a beautiful and serious minded woman who never got total control of her husband's vices which included gambling and a too generous nature.

Peter Riegert plays his manager and Maria Ricossa plays Riegert's wife who was a vaudeville performer who put them together. There is also a marvelous bit by Jonathan Higgins as Darryl Zanuck, something I assure you would never be done while Zanuck was alive.

The marvelous dancing and three dimensional acting of Gregory Hines is the real reason though to see and wonder at the dancing marvel that was Bojangles.

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