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Lackawanna Blues (2005)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music  |  12 February 2005 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Drama | Music

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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 »

Goofs

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

Rachel "Nanny" Crosby: Lord have mercy.
Laura: Jesse keeps beating on me, Nanny. I can't take it anymore. He slapped me with the back of his hand. I'm a mess.
Rachel "Nanny" Crosby: Here, put this ice on your mouth. Want me to take you to the hospital?
Laura: No.
Rachel "Nanny" Crosby: Well, I could make a bed for the kids right here on the couch and ya'll can just stay right on up here with me.
Laura: He'll come looking for us tomorrow Nanny. He knows I come here.
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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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Lackawanna Blues is a story that many should be able to relate to
2 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lackawanna Blues is a story that many should be able to relate to. It was filled with joy, laughter, mixed with a little sorrow. Afterall, I have seen it about eight times since it has been coming on HBO and it still seems fresh each time I view it. S. Epatha Merkerson did a fantastic job as "Nanny" (the neighborhood mother). Her character was reminiscent of the neighborhood mothers in my day. Terrance Howard did an exceptional job portraying her husband, "Bill". He was a "protector" of his family despite his shortcomings. Macy gray did a fine job portraying, Pauline. All of the cast members were exceptional and rare. We must not forget Marcus (who played young Rueben), He did exceptionally well. I look forward to seeing more of him as he grow up. He has skills at such a young, tender age. I really enjoyed this movie and cannot stop saying good things about it. I have alerted many of my friends and family members to see it. They all were amazed.There need to be more movies like this one. It left you with a bitter sweet feeling but never disappointed.


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