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Black Snake Moan (2006)

R | | Drama, Music | 2 March 2007 (USA)
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 Tennessee, 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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Everything is hotter down south. See more »

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Drama | Music

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

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2 March 2007 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$9,396,487 (USA) (18 May 2007)
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The panties Christina Ricci wore in the film were bought by herself at Dillard's department store. She also contributed cowboy boots, a Wrangler jacket, and a pair of shorts from her own closet. See more »

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When Ronnie and Gill go back to Ronnie's house and everything is just as it was left some days ago, the lava lamp on the table has clearly not been on for very long. See more »

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Son House: Ain't but one kind of blues. And that consisted between male and female that's in love. In love, just like I sung one of them songs a while ago and I put a verse in there saying that love hide all fault and make you do things you don't wanna do. Love sometimes will leave you feeling sad and blue. I'm talking about the blues! I ain't talking about monkey junk. And it consisted between male and female. And that means two people, supposed to be in love, when one or the other deceives ...
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Referenced in Happy Endings: Blax, Snake, Home (2011) See more »

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Old Black Mattie
Written and Performed by R.L. Burnside
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
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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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