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Black Snake Moan -- When ex-blues musician Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson) finds the town nymphomaniac Rae (Christina Ricci) left for dead on the side of the road, he vows to nurse her back to health_ and cure her of her wickedness.
Black Snake Moan -- A God-fearing bluesman (Jackson) takes to a wild young woman (Ricci) who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.
Black Snake Moan -- Behind The Scenes: Samuel L. Jackson And Christina Ricci
Black Snake Moan -- Interview:  Justin Timberlake On Craig Brewer
Black Snake Moan -- Behind The Scenes: Samuel L. Jackson Singing And Playing Guitar


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Craig Brewer 
Writing credits
Craig Brewer (written by)

Produced by
Stephanie Allain .... producer
Ron Schmidt .... executive producer
John Singleton .... producer
Original Music by
Scott Bomar 
Cinematography by
Amy Vincent (director of photography) (as Amelia Vincent)
Film Editing by
Billy Fox 
Casting by
Kimberly Hardin  (as Kimberly R. Hardin)
Production Design by
Keith Brian Burns 
Art Direction by
Liba Daniels 
Set Decoration by
Meg Everist 
Costume Design by
Paul A. Simmons Jr.  (as Paul Simmons)
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist: Mr. Jackson (as Allan Apone)
Adam Brandy .... makeup artist: Mr. Jackson
Philip Ivey .... key hair stylist (as Phillip 'Mr. P' Ivey)
Donna M. Premick .... key makeup artist (as Donna Premick)
Tina Roesler Kerwin .... makeup artist: Ms. Ricci
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist: Mr. Jackson (as Robert Louis Stevenson)
Victoria Wood .... wig maker: Samuel Jackson
Joani Yarbrough .... hair stylist
Production Management
Terra Abroms .... post-production supervisor (as Terra Mair Abroms)
Paul Hellerman .... unit production manager
Ron Schmidt .... unit production manager
Haley Sweet .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Heather Grierson .... second assistant director
James Alan Hensz .... first assistant director
Scott Rorie .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Scott Andrews .... propmaker
Kurt Blondis .... propmaker
Troy Borisy .... lead person
Joseph Butler .... propmaker
Kenneth Col .... construction foreperson
Darian Corley .... property master
Aaron Dale .... propmaker
Chad R. Davis .... set dresser
Will E. Drummond .... propmaker (as Will Drummond)
Dwayne Duncan .... propmaker
Emmy Ellison .... art department coordinator
J. Edward Fitzgerald .... on-set dresser (as Ed Fitzgerald)
Frank Gray III .... assistant property master
Rachel Hicks .... gang boss
Brian Markey .... construction coordinator
Adele Plauche .... set designer
Scott Rambin .... set dresser
Spencer H. Register .... set dresser
Peter Sattler .... graphic designer
Ramsey Smith .... construction foreperson
Eric Brice Swartz .... scenic painter
Keith Wall .... set dresser
Chris Barnes .... lead painter (uncredited)
Joseph F. Beeco .... painter (uncredited)
Matthew Butler .... greens supervisor (uncredited)
Thad Carlile .... carpenter (uncredited)
Dennis Collins .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Tommy Gilbert .... greens gangboss (uncredited)
Spencer Pharr .... property assistant (uncredited)
Kelly Anne Ross .... set decoration buyer (uncredited)
Chris Scher .... construction gang boss (uncredited)
Marcus Turchi .... carpenter (uncredited)
Krista Tutor .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Alba .... assistant sound editor
Bobbi Banks .... supervising adr editor (as Bobby Banks)
Nancy Barker .... first assistant sound editor
Andy Black .... sound mixer
Nathan Black .... boom operator
Ed Callahan .... dialogue editor
Michael Camello .... apprentice sound editor
Kevin E. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Dane A. Davis .... sound designer
Ezra Dweck .... additional sound re-recording mixer
David E. Fluhr .... sound re-recording mixer
Gabriel Guy .... sound recordist
Greg Hedgepath .... sound effects editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Susan Kurtz .... dialogue editor
Mark Larry .... sound effects editor
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly McCord Wilson)
Carey Milbradt .... foley mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Monique Reymond .... foley artist
Frank Smathers .... supervising sound editor (as Frank T. Smathers)
Beth Sterner .... sound effects editor
Josh Swain .... cable person
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Donna G. Walker .... post sound operations
Nathan Whitehead .... assistant sound editor
James Wright .... consultant: Dolby sound
Tony Margulies .... foley artist (uncredited)
Carey Milbradt .... foley editor (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Randolph Saucedo .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mike Weesner .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Scott Rader .... digital effects supervisor (as Scott Radar)
David Rosenthal .... I/O supervisor
Rene Simen .... flame artist (as René Simen)
Kendrick Wallace .... digital effects producer (as Ken Wallace)
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as J.J. Dashnaw)
Steve M. Davison .... stunt coordinator (as Steve Davison)
Kiante Elam .... stunt coordinator
Dina L. Margolin .... stunts (as Dina Margolin)
Kevin Reid .... stunts
Kevin Reid .... stunt double: Justin Timberlake (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Arnaud .... second company grip
Peter Budd .... grip
Dan Cornwall .... chief lighting technician
Christopher Crowther .... electrician
Robert Duke .... grip
Dave Duren .... chief rigging electrician (as David Duren)
Tracy Facelli .... film loader
Jamie Felz .... first assistant camera
Dale Fowler .... assistant chief lighting technician
Donny Fowler .... electrician
Carlos M. Gallardo .... dolly grip
Jeffrey Greeley .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Jeff Greeley)
Christian Hawkins .... electrician
Beth Horton .... second assistant camera (as S. Beth Horton)
Colin Hudson .... Steadicam operator
Kyle D. Hutson .... assistant chief rigging technician (as Kyle Hutson)
Bill Jackson .... electrician
Heather Lea .... first assistant camera (as Heather LeRoy)
Eric Leftridge .... first assistant camera (as Eric Scott Leftridge)
Dave Lowry .... grip
Josh Malloy .... electrician
Lee McLemore .... grip
James McMillan .... key grip
Mark A. Miller .... electrician
Ryan Rayner .... second assistant camera
Paul Sanchez .... camera operator: "b" camera
Scott Satterfield .... second company rigging grip (as Scott N. Satterfield)
Bruce W. Talamon .... still photographer
Darryl Wilson .... first company rigging grip
Scott Friedland .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Joshua Miller .... additional grip (uncredited)
Karen Parsons .... dimmer board operator (uncredited)
James H Razo .... G3 gyro head technician (uncredited)
Jonathan Stoll .... electrician (uncredited)
James Young .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michelle Adams .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Winsome Sinclair .... background casting: Memphis
Nicole Stoll .... casting associate: Memphis
Brittany Thompson .... casting intern (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jim Alan Cook .... on-set costumer (as Alan Cook)
Askia Won-Ling Jacob .... costumer: Mr. Jackson
Meriwether Nichols .... costumer
Omar J. Simmons .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
John Daro .... digital intermediate editor
Brian Kahovec .... colorist: high definition dailies
Paul Lavoie .... digital intermediate production manager
Mato .... color timer
David Rosenblatt .... assistant editor
Bill Schultz .... digital intermediate general manager
Walter Volpatto .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Jimmie Allen Sr. .... musician: The Sound of Memphis
Jesse Allen .... musician: The Sound of Memphis
Bunny Andrews .... supervising music editor
Scott Bomar .... executive music producer
Scott Bomar .... score arranger
Roy Brewer .... musician
Percy Cole .... musician: The Sound of Memphis
Terry Delsing .... music editor
Cody Dickinson .... musician
Jim Dickinson .... musician
Luther Dickinson .... musician
Otha Andre Evans .... musician
Marc Franklin .... conductor
Marc Franklin .... orchestrator
Jason Freeman .... musician
John Hampton .... music sound engineer
Adam Hill .... assistant music sound engineer
Kevin Houston .... music editor
Patty Johnson .... music production assistant: Clarksdale
Jonathan Kirkscey .... musician
Andria Lisle .... music production coordinator
Matt Martone .... music sound engineer
Melvin Mosley .... musician: The Sound of Memphis
Edward Murray .... musician
Charlie Musselwhite .... musician
Willie Nelson .... musician: The Sound of Memphis
Charles 'Skip' Pitts .... musician
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
The Sound of Memphis .... musician
Curry Weber .... assistant music sound engineer
Jonathan Wires .... musician
Denise Carver .... music consultant (uncredited)
Julie Sessing .... music clearance: Sessing Music Services (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Donald Binder .... driver
Monte Emery .... unit driver
Jeff Hooie .... transportation captain
Hall Prewitt .... driver: Mr. Jackson
Lee Siler .... transportation coordinator
Nalla Black .... driver (uncredited)
Dale Combs .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Justin Nance .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Kimberly Bailey .... adr loop group
Andrea Baker .... adr loop group
Lori Block .... stand-in: female lead
David Booth .... digital film scanning and recording: Fotokem
Alex Borys .... assistant location manager
Celia Brown .... auditor: post-production
Doug Burch .... adr loop group
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
Jules Carideo .... production coordinator
Paul Chapman .... technical consultant
Kim Crockett .... assistant: Ms. Ricci
Antoine L. Dandridge .... production assistant (as Antoine Dandridge)
Deborah Dismukes .... production secretary
Mike Farah .... assistant: Ms. Allain (as Michael Farah)
Mary Jane Faris .... second assistant auditor
E.J. Friedman .... production assistant
Erin Hagee .... assistant: Mr. Brewer
Wade Hagen .... production auditor
Sueann Han .... assistant: Mr. Singleton
Amad Jackson .... adr loop group
James Carroll Jordan .... adr loop group (as James Jordan)
Margo Kornemann .... second assistant auditor
Martin Lane .... location manager
Terence Mathews .... adr loop group
Kim McCray .... production assistant (as Kim 'Cookie' McCray)
David S. Merrill .... assistant location manager (as David Merrill)
David Michie .... adr loop group
Tate Moore .... production assistant
Erik Morrison .... production assistant
Ilene Pickus .... script supervisor
Annie Poirier .... production secretary
Edward Pollard .... stand-in: Mr. Jackson (as Edward H. Pollard)
Noreen Reardon .... adr loop group
Benjamin Rednour .... production assistant
Cheryl D. Sims .... payroll auditor
Birdie Talanca .... first assistant auditor
Leonard L. Thomas .... assistant: Mr. Jackson
Annette Toarmina .... medic
Mark Van Horne .... high definition dailies supervisor
Anna Wenger .... assistant production coordinator
John R. Whitehead .... production assistant (as John Whitehead)
Rachel Yarbrough .... assistant: Mr. Timberlake
Lori Block .... stand-in: Christina Ricci (uncredited)
Gretchen Cook .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sean Davis .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jay Floyd .... clearance administrator (uncredited)
Erica Hines .... stand-in (uncredited)
Noel Davis Poyner .... publicity intern (uncredited)
Kevin Scroggs .... stand-in: Justin Timberlake (uncredited)
Leonard L. Thomas .... stand-in: Robert Jacobs (uncredited)
Arnita Williams .... stand-in: Adriane Lenox, Ruby Wilson and S. Epatha Merkerson (uncredited)
R.L. Burnside .... dedicatee
Nathan Lux .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language, some violence and drug use
116 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
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Shipped to theaters as "Bible School Mission".See more »
Continuity: The position of Rae's over-sized shirt changes from very low on her left shoulder to just below her neckline in the beginning, when she says goodbye to Ronnie.See more »
Lazarus:I'm cookin' steaks fah dinnah. I expect you to stay.See more »
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Spoofed in Dance Flick (2009)See more »
Pass And FailSee more »


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55 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
This little light of mine…Black Snake Moan, 10 March 2007
Author: jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa

Craig Brewer is now officially a writer/director for whom I will see any film by, no matter how bad it may look. His debut, Hustle and Flow, was one of my favorites from that year, with its emotionally charged storyline and realistic, fallible characters. I wasn't quite sure what I would end up thinking after seeing this sophomore effort. The cast seemed great, the trailer used music effectively, however, it seemed like there was a good chance it would cross into absurdity, and fast. Fortunately, Black Snake Moan hits all its marks dead-on. The acting is astonishing, the writing superb, and the editing style, as well as juxtaposed music, riveting the whole way. Brewer seems to be a master at getting his characters to have the right mix of both compassion and malice as they set forward on their paths toward redemption.

The first moment I knew I was in for a treat was during the abbreviated credit sequence at the beginning. Like he did with Hustle and Flow, Brewer lays the music over the widescreen shots perfectly with simply titled fonts coming up statically. The 70's aesthetic was welcome and helped show that this would be another great character piece in the vain of those from that decade of some of cinema's best. From here we continued on with the short snippets into the lives of both Lazarus and Rae, each vignette mirroring the other while they journey to the fateful moment their paths finally cross. The editing between them was fluid and relevant rather than abruptly cutting before the scene felt finished with its purpose. Rae's boyfriend leaves for duty in the service and Laz's wife leaves him for his brother. Each feels the loneliness and reverts to what they know in that situation—Rae to sex and Laz to the bottle. Only when Rae is left for dead at the side of the road and her savior comes from his farm to take her in does the reasoning for their actions finally start to become clear.

Samuel L. Jackson is fantastic as the older bluesman farmer trying to reconcile his life with God and that of the flesh and the pain it has brought him. There are the moments of stoic sternness as well as those of kindheartedness with his captive/patient. You never really look at the setup as comical or unrealistic because he sells what he is doing so well. Also, the character of Rae is not chained up for very long, despite what the trailers would have you believe. The situation starts a bit awkward until we see that the chaining was for her own good and is actually used for only a day or two. As for that chained girl, Christina Ricci really shines. I never really saw her as anything special, but this role is a true breakthrough for her. This girl is so troubled that her past sexual abuse has scarred her very deep down. Any time she is away from her love she starts seeing flashes of the man who took her childhood innocence away and itches to be touched by any man available to let the image go away. Her nymphomania is not for pleasure, but rather for survival from the haunting nightmares always hiding behind her eyelids. Ricci fully inhabits the role and shows all the emotional trauma to great effect and realism. Mention must also be made of Justin Timberlake, again showing some real acting talent. Where this guy came from I have no clue, but hopefully he will continue taking more films and steer away from the mostly crap music he churns out.

While not as solid and consistent as Hustle and Flow, Moan still ranks equally to it, in my mind, because when it is on, it is spectacular. Towards the end we have a truly enthralling sequence with "This Little Light of Mine" singing out, and earlier, the interaction between captive and captor, when the chain is first introduced, shows some top-notch work. The truly magical moment, though, is when Jackson sings (yes that is him throughout, like it was Terrence Howard in Hustle) the titular song while a thunderstorm roars and the lights flicker. If I don't see a more beautifully shot sequence all year, I won't be surprised. What these two people do for each other is wonderful and shows what humanity is capable of. One thing I think I really enjoy with Brewer's work is the fact that he doesn't show sinners becoming redeemed heroes. Instead he shows us that no matter how bad you have been, or how bad life has been, everyone can strive for redemption and to be better people. We don't have saints here, but fallible people looking to right their ship. If the course stays true or if it falls back into darkness, no one really knows, but at least they can say that they tried as hard as they could.

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