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Release Date:
12 February 2005 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Play it. Sing it. Shout it. Feel it.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 27 wins & 26 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Marvelous enjoyment See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

S. Epatha Merkerson ... Rachel "Nanny" Crosby

Marcus Carl Franklin ... Ruben Santiago Jr. (as Marcus Franklin)

Mos Def ... The Bandleader

Carmen Ejogo ... Alean
Bill Simms Jr. ... Himself

Louis Gossett Jr. ... Ol'lem Taylor

Macy Gray ... Pauline

Terrence Howard ... Bill Crosby (as Terrance Dashon Howard)

Ernie Hudson ... Dick Barrymore

Delroy Lindo ... Mr. Lucious

Rosie Perez ... Bertha

Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Freddie Cobbs

Liev Schreiber ... Ulysses Ford

Jimmy Smits ... Ruben Santiago Sr.

Patricia Wettig ... Laura's Mother

Charlayne Woodard ... Bill's Woman

Jeffrey Wright ... Mr. Paul
Omar Benjamin ... Ruben, Jr. - toddler

Julie Benz ... Laura
Robert Bradley ... Otis McClanahan
Thomas Jefferson Byrd ... Numb Finger Pete

Kathleen Chalfant ... Mrs. Carmichael

Byanca Godwin ... Bill's Woman

Hill Harper ... Ruben, Jr. (Adult)

Barry Shabaka Henley ... Shakey Winfield

Julanne Chidi Hill ... Jimmy Lee's Woman

Lou Myers ... Ol' Po Carl

Adina Porter ... Ricky

Henry Simmons ... Jesse

Michael Kenneth Williams ... Jimmy

Saul Williams ... Lonnie (War Veteran)
Arista Pemberton ... Fish Fry Guest
Mohammad Parks ... Fish Fry Guest
Michelle Robinson ... Fish Fry Guest
Ken Robertson ... Fish Fry Guest
Paula Brown ... Fish Fry Guest

Ron Kellum ... Fish Fry Guest
Neisha Folkes-LeMelle ... Dancer at Maxie's (as Neisha Folkes)
Stevie Ray Anthony ... Dancer at Maxie's
Carmen M. Chavez ... Dancer at Maxie's (as Carmen Chavez)
Ryan Francois ... Dancer at Maxie's
Aakomon Jones ... Dancer at Maxie's
Autum Perry ... Dancer at Maxie's
Greg Poland ... Dancer at Maxie's
Indira Taylor ... Dancer at Maxie's
Eugene Lee ... Nancy's Birthday Party Guest

Ryan Michelle Bathe ... Nancy's Birthday Party Guest

Tracey Buckner ... Nancy's Birthday Party Guest
Roxanne Mayweather ... Nanny's Birthday Party Guest

Amad Jackson ... Alean's Boyfriend
Bob Tyus ... Fish Sandwich Man
J.B. Williams ... Gambler
Lily Santiago ... Laura's Daughter
Trey Santiago ... Laura's Son
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Delandis ... Performer / Dancer
Etta Baker ... Musician (uncredited)

Blaise Brooks ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Josef Cannon ... Headwaiter (uncredited)

Ike Onuoha ... Dancer at Maxie's (uncredited)
Aimee Palance ... Macy Gray Stand in (uncredited)

Sheldon Robins ... Swing Dancer (uncredited)

Olivia D. Robinson ... Fish Fry Guest (uncredited)

Lisa Ruffin ... Dancer at Maxies (uncredited)

Jana Thompson ... Hotel Receptionist in Toronto (uncredited)
Keith Tilque ... Fish Fry Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
George C. Wolfe 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Ruben Santiago-Hudson (play)

Ruben Santiago-Hudson (teleplay)

Produced by
Halle Berry .... executive producer
Vince Cirrincione .... executive producer (as Vincent Cirrincione)
Nellie Nugiel .... producer (as Nellie Rachel Nugiel)
Ruben Santiago-Hudson .... executive producer
Shelby Stone .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Meshell Ndegeocello 
 
Cinematography by
Ivan Strasburg 
 
Film Editing by
Brian A. Kates 
 
Casting by
John Papsidera 
 
Production Design by
Richard Hoover 
 
Art Direction by
Karen Steward 
 
Set Decoration by
Erin Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Hope Hanafin 
 
Makeup Department
Petrice Bankhead .... makeup artist: Day Checker
Christopher Burdett .... special makeup designer
Jason Collins .... supervisor: Almost Human, Inc.
Jennifer Davis .... makeup day player
Robert Hall .... special makeup designer
Glen Hanz .... sculptor: Almost Human Inc.
Fay Kelly .... key hair stylist
Debbie Mezera .... office manager: Almost Human Inc
James Ojala .... special makeup effects technician
Denise Pugh-Ruiz .... makeup artist
Charles Gregory Ross .... hair department head
Edna Sheen .... makeup department head
Teresa Vest .... makeup artist: Day Checker
Karen Westerfield .... makeup artist (as Karen J. Westerfield)
'Nikki' LaShandra White .... hair stylist
Victoria Wood .... wig maker
 
Production Management
Julie Hartley .... production supervisor
Heidi Vogel .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kate Marie Boyle .... DGA trainee day player
Maria Mantia .... second assistant director
Barbara M. Ravis .... second assistant director
Drew Ann Rosenberg .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Belen Burditte .... construction accountant
Ruth De Paz .... art department assistant
Warren Drummond .... storyboard artist
Jay Durrwachter .... assistant art director
Richard Ewan .... stand-by painter
Curtis Laseter .... construction coordinator
Kristie Moore .... set painter
Michael O'Donnell .... lead man
John Risso .... paint supervisor
Bennet Silver .... on-set dresser
Harlan Spatz .... set buyer
Síla ÓGrádaigh .... art department coordinator
Doug Anderson .... lead plaster foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Kenneth L. Johnson .... sound designer
Tim Kimmel .... dialog editor
Paul Longstaffe .... dialog & adr editor
Anthony M. McCovey .... sound utility
Jon Mete .... supervising sound editor
James Moriana .... foley artist
Ryan Murphy .... sound recordist
Alex Raspa .... adr mixer: New York
Douglas Shamburger .... boom operator
Susumu Tokunow .... sound mixer
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound editor (as Karen Vassar)
Karen Vassar Triest .... stage editor (as Karen Vassar)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Travis Dutch .... scanning and recording
Mark Intravartolo .... Inferno artist
 
Stunts
Alex Daniels .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucas Bielan .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jack Galper .... electrician
Randy Glass .... gaffer
Bob Greene .... still photographer
Kia Kiso .... additional camera loader (as Kia Dawson)
Abraham Martinez .... film loader
Richard Nasworthy .... rigging key grip
Nino Neuboeck .... Steadicam first assistant camera
Brian T. Pitts .... camera operator: "b" camera
David D. Scott .... video engineer
 
Casting Department
Chris Gray .... extras casting
Amanda Harding .... casting: New York
Amanda Koblin .... casting: New York
Ron Lunceford .... extras casting assistant
Meghan McLaughlin .... casting assistant
Wendy O'Brien .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tess Inman .... set costumer
Fran Murphy .... additional costumer
Katie Saunders .... key costumer
Dana R. Woods .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Marisa Clayton .... post-production coordinator: Modern VideoFilm
Meredith Rimmer .... post-production coordinator
Marin Sander-Holzman .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ray Espinola Jr. .... associate music supervisor
Evyen Klean .... music supervisor (as Evyen J. Klean)
David Raymond .... music playback
Gary Raymond .... music playback operator: ProTools
Bruce Robb .... music engineer
Bruce Robb .... music producer
Bruce Robb .... musician: Hammond B3 organ
Zachary Throne .... musician: guitar
Nicholas Viterelli .... music editor
Bruce Robb .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael W. Broomer .... driver
 
Other crew
Tamara Allen .... production office coordinator
Coriedus Brown .... production assistant
Scott David Brown .... production assistant (as Scott Brown)
Cory Cate .... production assistant
Sam M. Cobb .... set medic
Kim Crabb .... key assistant location manager
Guin Dill .... animal trainer
Neisha Folkes-LeMelle .... choreographer: "Maxie's 1966" (as Neisha Folkes)
Ami Francis .... second assistant payroll accountant
James Gierman .... location consultant
Joel Goldes .... dialect coach
Brian James Griffo .... production assistant
Aakomon Jones .... co-choreographer
John V. Knowles .... office production assistant (as John Knowles)
Marion Koh .... production assistant
John L. Long .... production assistant (as John Long)
Sandra McNeil .... head studio teacher
Nefertite Nguvu .... assistant to director
Stephanie A. Purdy .... animal trainer
Karen Roberts .... production accountant
Fatima Robinson .... choreographer: "Maxie's 1966"
Susie Schelling .... medical consultant
Traceigh Scottel .... assistant production office coordinator
Jayne-Ann Tenggren .... script supervisor
Rebecca Thornell .... clearance
Marta Tomkiw .... key assistant location manager
Brian Turi .... animal trainer
Ken Twohy .... production assistant
Rayshelle Willis .... first assistant accountant
Kevin Zelman .... set production assistant
 

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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Singapore:M18 | UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:15 (TV rating) | USA:PG-13

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Based on the autobiographical one-man show by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Rachel is getting $20 bills pinned on her, there are pinned bills on her right side including her arm, when they return to that scene, the bills are gone.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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dark RoadSee more »

FAQ

How does it end?
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23 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Marvelous enjoyment, 27 January 2005
Author: dkgorrell from Park City

Superb editing, outstanding acting, especially by Epatha Merkerson, and highly enjoyable musical soundtrack. This film reaches back to the 40's to comment on the racial lifestyle differences and some effect of desegregation while it weaves the true story of a truly admirable and fantastic lady.

The actor portraying the young Terrence Howard character does a wonderful job reflecting the life and times of his upbringing in the small upstate New York town. The audience laughed, cried, and erupted in applause for the film and its director.

Soon to be shown on HBO (Feb 7, I believe) - fire up the TIVO and enjoy a great story!

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