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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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Rachel "Nanny" Crosby
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Ruben Santiago Jr. (as Marcus Franklin)
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The Bandleader (as Mos Def)
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Alean
Bill Simms Jr. ...
Himself
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Ol'lem Taylor
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Pauline
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Bill Crosby (as Terrance Dashon Howard)
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Dick Barrymore
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Mr. Lucious
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Bertha
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Freddie Cobbs
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Ulysses Ford
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Ruben Santiago Sr.
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Laura's Mother
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Based on the true story of Ruben Santiago Jr. and his relationship with his guardian Rachel Crosby, set in 1950's and 1960's Lackawanna, New York. After the separation of his parents, young Ruben "Junior" Santiago, a part-black, part-Hispanic child, is sent to live in a small-scale boarding house run by the kind-hearted Rachel "Nanny" Crosby and her younger husband Bill. Ruben then grows up witnessing the world of soul and blues music and grows to know the various characters that Nanny takes into her household to help out, from disturbed Ol'lem Taylor; one-armed handyman Mr. Lucious; hairdresser Bertha; war veteran Lonnie; ex-convict Mr. Paul; butch cleaner Ricky and many others. Written by Anonymous

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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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Trivia

Ruben Santiago-Hudson insisted his daughter Lily be cast in a cameo as Laura's daughter. But his son Trey, a twin with Lily, wanted to appear in the movie as well, which Ruben accepted. In real life, the character of the abused Laura only had a daughter, not a twin daughter and son. The scene where Laura comes to Nanny's house in the middle of the night with her son and daughter after leaving her abusive husband is accurately re-created word-for-word as Ruben remembered from that night. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Laura: I'm just so tired of this, Nanny. I can't... I can't
[she starts to cry]
Rachel "Nanny" Crosby: I know. Nanny got you. Go on. Go on, let it out. It's gonna be all right.
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Connections

Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »

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Down On Me
Written by Robert Bradley & Mathew J. Ruffino
Performed by Robert Bradley & Macy Gray
Produced by Bruce Robb & Evyen Klean
Recorded, Engineered & Mixed by Bruce Robb at Cherokee Studios
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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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