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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.
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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.
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Writer (WGA):
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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)
J.J. Dashnaw .... stunts
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
David J. 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
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
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Did You Know?

Christina Ricci wore an actual forty pound chain during filming. Craig Brewer brought various different chains on the set and told Ricci to choose the one that suited her best.See more »
Continuity: Right after Rae discovers that Lazarus has chained her to the radiator, there are a series of shots from different angles. When filming Christina Ricci from behind, her shirt is down to the middle of her upper arm on both sides, but when filmed from the front, her shirt is on her shoulder on the left arm.See more »
Lazarus:I remember my first time, it was out behind my uncle's barn with my second cousin.
Lazarus:She was two tons if she weighed a pound, I could have done better for myself.
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160 out of 202 people found the following review useful.
Everything is indeed hotter down South, 2 March 2007
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I'll be honest with you; this is not the type of movie that I'm usually drawn to. All you have to do is watch the trailer and read the plot summary to figure out where you stand. But just to continue this honest streak, I have to admit that Jackson and Ricci are so good in their roles, that they were able to pull me into the story and keep a grip on my interest.

Combining a sweltering Southern setting, blood and guts blues riffs, and a little unexpected Bible imagery, Brewer has definitely given this film a style of its own and an atmosphere that's as effective as the actors in telling this strange little tale of love and redemption.

Though its aspirations run higher, there's no denying that the film has its moments of exploitation. Ricci's half-nakedness for 75% of the film is testament to that. Those of you with more delicate palates might experience a little discomfort watching this, and understandably so. It's raw. It's ugly. It's dirty. Even Brewer agrees that this isn't exactly for everybody.

And that's what makes this such an odd movie to pin down. On one hand, I don't think I'd ever have a need to see it again. But on the other, I'm kind of curious how my opinion might be affected via a second viewing. Did I really like it? Or did I merely appreciate the effort and success in Brewer's ability to tell his unusual story in his own unconventional way? It's definitely a film that inspires discussion ... and a wide variety of adjectives. Strange. Over-the-top. Interesting. Unique. Uncomfortable. Take your pick. All these things combine to make it the theatrical experience that it unashamedly is.

It feels like a gritty, twisted blues song come alive on screen. It's a character study, and if you have any hope of enjoying it then you must accept the fact that the film doesn't shy away from showcasing the underbelly of a very disturbed young woman and the path she's traveling.

No, it's not for everybody. But love it or hate it, I feel safe in saying you likely won't see anything else like it this year. Proceed at your own caution. Just remember, everything is indeed hotter down South.


Black Snake Moan is the type of film that makes you stop and examine your audience before deciding who to recommend it to. It features very solid acting, a great atmosphere, and a strangely different story. But it also gets a bit sick and twisted at times and has no problems doing so. Take my words to heart and then go with your instinct on this one.

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