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Lightning in a Bottle -- Antoine Fuqua's documentary on the blues, shot at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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Release Date:
5 August 2004 (Germany) See more »
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A one night history of the blues
Plot:
Antoine Fuqua's documentary on the blues, shot at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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(7 articles)
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What is Lightning in a Bottle? See more (16 total) »

Cast

 
Aerosmith ... Themselves

Gregg Allman ... Himself
James Blood Ulmer ... Himself
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown ... Himself
Ruth Brown ... Herself

Solomon Burke ... Himself

Natalie Cole ... Herself
Shemekia Copeland ... Herself

Bill Cosby ... Himself
Robert Cray ... Himself

Chuck D. ... Himself

Dr. John ... Himself
Honeyboy Edwards ... Himself

John Fogerty ... Himself

Macy Gray ... Herself

Buddy Guy ... Himself
John Hammond ... Himself

Levon Helm ... Himself

India.Arie ... Herself

David Johansen ... Himself
Larry Johnson ... Himself

Angélique Kidjo ... Herself

B.B. King ... Himself

Chris Thomas King ... Himself

Alison Krauss ... Herself
Lazy Lester ... Himself

Keb' Mo' ... Himself
Odetta ... Herself

Joe Perry ... Guitarplayer / song writer

Bonnie Raitt ... Herself
Vernon Reid ... Himself

Mavis Staples ... Herself

Hubert Sumlin ... Himself

Jimmie Vaughan ... Himself
Kim Wilson ... Himself

Martin Scorsese ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Antoine Fuqua 
 
Produced by
Jody Allen .... executive producer (as Jody Patton)
Paul G. Allen .... executive producer
Margaret Bodde .... producer
Alex Gibney .... producer
Jack Gulick .... producer
Richard Hutton .... co-producer
Susan Motamed .... co-producer
Martin Scorsese .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Steve Jordan 
 
Cinematography by
Greg Andracke 
Lisa Rinzler 
 
Film Editing by
Bob Eisenhardt 
Keith Salmon 
Philip Shane (co-editor)
 
Production Design by
Tom McPhillips 
 
Production Management
Pamela Hirsch .... production manager
Shoshana Horowitz .... production manager
Kendall McCarthy .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eve Adair .... first assistant director
John Lowe .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Felix Andrew .... sound recordist
Martin Czembor .... sound re-recording mixer
Eliza Paley .... supervising sound editor
Roger Phenix .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Kenny .... lighting designer
Jay Kulick .... jib operator
Jeff Muhlstock .... Steadicam operator
Kevin Murphy .... Steadicam focus puller
 
Editorial Department
Roger Doran .... colorist
Pat Kelleher .... on-line editor
Alexis Spraic .... assistant editor
Sean Titone .... assistant editor
Calvin Wimmer .... first assistant editor
 
Other crew
Rob Barnett .... project consultant
John Charles .... software engineer: Sony DAC
Joshua Dragge .... production assistant
B.J. Miller .... business affairs director
Kat Samick .... assistant: Mr. Fuqua (as Kathlene Samick)
Sean Titone .... production office assistant
 
Thanks
Jeff Scheftel .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Runtime:
103 min | Argentina:108 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | Canada:110 min (Ontario)
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Natalie Cole:This is dedicated to the men, but ladies...listen up!See more »

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
What is Lightning in a Bottle?, 17 December 2004
Author: cmgann from United States

With all due respect to the blues legends that performed, and were celebrated in this documentary, it was awesome. I loved the camera angles, the lighting, the sound, as well.

During the viewing of this film, I was searching, listening, for the answer to the question its title sets up - what is "Lightning in a Bottle?" I just don't know - they never told me...is it whiskey? I've yet to figure it out. If someone reading this caught the answer, please name it, for my attention failed.

However, there were things that were shown to me, that I feel could have with common nicety, been edited out. I didn't need to see Odetta, lady blues icon turned bitterness, stomp in and scream that Ruth Brown must not compete with a band. It was enough for me to notice her dramatic instability when she budged off stage following her own performance. Likewise, I didn't need to see Macy Gray asking someone what song she would be singing, and how she should sing it. First of all, who doesn't know "Hound Dog?" Second of all, it didn't do her justice to display her ignorance in this rudimentary phase of practice.

My last gripe - what a sad, sad tribute Chuck D displayed for John Lee Hooker. There was no homage in that, no reverence, or even dignity. He should be ultimately ashamed for taking a disc from the spine of blues and smashing it into such a blasphemous, desperate failure. Mr. Hooker must have rolled in his grave.

Back to the positive notes...Buddy Guy, as usual, was awesome. I even forgive him for coming back out to play while some band butchered Voodoo Chile. It was that performance made for one great camera shot in which I was looking up from the floor at his hand scratching away on his guitar. Clarence Gatemouth Brown was wonderful. I enjoyed him talking, and doing his thing on the stage. BB King gave a great and fitting finish.

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