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Lackawanna Blues (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | TV Movie 12 February 2005
In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel "Nanny" Crosby
Ruben Santiago Jr. (as Marcus Franklin)
The Bandleader (as Mos Def)
Bill Simms Jr. ...
Ol'lem Taylor
Bill Crosby (as Terrance Dashon Howard)
Dick Barrymore
Mr. Lucious
Freddie Cobbs
Ulysses Ford
Ruben Santiago Sr.
Laura's Mother


In the 1950s and 1960s, Ruben Santiago-Hudson Jr. lives in a lively boardinghouse in the blue-collar town of Lackawanna, New York, with his father after his parents separate. Run by the motherly Nanny Crosby and her taciturn husband, the boardinghouse residents, including The Bandleader, singer Pauline and cabaret owner Dick Barrymore, teach the young boy about life and art. Written by Jwelch5742

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Play it. Sing it. Shout it. Feel it.


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12 February 2005 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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Based on the autobiographical one-man show by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. See more »


During the club scenes during the 1950s, there are a number of 45 rpm singles hanging on the walls. One is a Columbia Records single with the 1970s design and logo. See more »


Laura: Nanny, it's Laura.
Rachel "Nanny" Crosby: Laura, what you doing with them babies out here this time of night?
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Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »


Boogie Woogie Country Girl
Written by Reginald Ashby and Doc Pomus
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A++++ Storytelling & Acting!
17 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

S.Eptha Merkenson...what can I say, with a slump of her shoulders, or a look in her eye, this woman conveyed a range of emotions without opening her mouth! I hope to see her in many more leading lady roles. The movie world shouldn't let talent like hers go to waste.

Another stand out actor was the gentleman who showed young Ruben his scrapbook. His storytelling went from hilarious to sorrowful. An unforgettable 5 min soliloquy.

I wished the movie could have been longer to allow more depth into some of the other characters, but the story was Ruben's relationship with Nanny, and a wonderful relationship it was.

The music, costumes, sets, and characters all came together to make one truly enjoyable movie. Thank You Mr Santiago Hudson for allowing us to view a small slice of your life.

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