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Black Snake Moan (2006)

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A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.



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In rural Mississippi, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in reminding Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection. Written by Joe Jurca

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To save his soul he must save hers. See more »


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A lánc  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,143,199 (USA) (2 March 2007)


$9,396,487 (USA) (18 May 2007)

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(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Samuel L. Jackson learned to play the guitar for this film, while completing production of Snakes on a Plane (2006). This film was the other of two films released the same year that Jackson starred in with the word "snake" in the title. See more »


Ronnie's American Flag patch on the right sleeve of his BDU shirt before he leaves appears to be backwards. However, this is in accordance with Army regulations that call for the flag to appear as if the wearer was advancing toward the battle; if the flag was reversed, it would appear that the colors were retreating. The unusual layout is due to the requirement to wear the flag on the right sleeve - the position of honor on the US Army uniform. See more »


Rose Woods: [to Lazarus] Don't you lay a curse on me.
[everyone at the diner glares]
Rose Woods: Yeah, go on, look! SEE IF I GIVE A SHIT ABOUT *ANY* OF YOU PEOPLE!
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Referenced in To the Devil a Dog (2005) See more »


Catfish Medley
Performed by Samuel L. Jackson and Big Jack Johnson
Consisting of: "Catfish Blues"
Written by Robert Petway,
and: "Still a Fool"
Written by Muddy Waters
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Not What You Expect Going In...Pleasantly Surprised Walkng Out
23 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Me and my roommate got free tickets for a Pre Screening I guess you would call it in Atlanta, GA at Atlantic Station. Walking in I was expecting something controversial, provocative, unnecessarily overdone, etc.. But the film is much more than that. It's a story of two people helping each other. It's not overdone, and the film is done in a careful balance as to not make you cringe or say its unnecessary.

It's put together really well and doesn't take itself too seriously. Thats the beauty of it. If it tried to take itself seriously, it would have failed miserably, but instead it carries itself through humor (some unintentional) and some surprisingly good acting by Ricci. Although Timberlake fails miserably in his role, the movie is good enough for you to put that on the side.

I would definitely recommend this movie, if not for any other reason than the fact it is something different to experience.

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