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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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Writer (WGA):
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2 March 2007 (USA) See more »
Everything is hotter down south. See more »
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)
Winsome Sinclair 
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 .... 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
Jordan O'Neill .... DTS Sound Mastering Engineer
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
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
Winsome Sinclair .... local and extras casting
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)
James Carroll Jordan .... adr loop group
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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Lazarus rants about his ex-wife and how she was "running around behind my back, whoring with my brother, killing my baby" implying that Rose had once gotten pregnant by Laz and decided to undergo an abortion at some point during their marriage.See more »
Continuity: When Lazarus is singing in the bar towards the end of the film. The cable on the microphone he is using keeps switching from being wrapped around the microphone stand, to just falling straight to the floor.See more »
[first lines]
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...
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99 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
Bold Bite, 3 March 2007
Author: JP Paxton from United States

If you've been looking for a film where a out of control nympho gets chained to a radiator by an extremely religious southern man then look no further than Paramount Vantage's latest release 'Black Snake Moan'. Not exactly looking for what I just described you say? Well then, you best get ya wits 'bout yaself and mosey on down to your local theater and still see it as Samuel L. Jackson's character Lazarus would say. As long as you're open minded and don't take everything seriously, there's no reason you won't leave the theater glad you saw it.

In the third offering from director Craig Brewer, we are taken into the deep south where as the tagline to the film claims, everything is hotter. While there we're introduced to the Godfearing bluesman, Lazarus as previously said played by Jackson, and the almost always half naked Rae; a role bravely taken on by Christina Ricci. In the film this unlikely pair cross paths long enough for their characters to each learn a lesson from one another. Both lessons ultimately convey the message to us the audience that no matter what, we are all human. No one is perfect and if everyone would realize that, then we'd be a lot better off. The question of if this will be understood, or be accepted by all who see the film is another story.

One thing not up for debate is how great Jackson and Ricci both are here. You'd think with the role of a sex-crazed woman, overacting would be a given, but no, not here. Ricci breaks through and demonstrates true talent with a raw performance that also doubles as her best to date. Then we have Jackson who completely disappears and for the first time in a long time makes us forget who he even is. Sadly, the third star of the film, Justin Timberlake who plays Rae's military-bound boyfriend isn't all that great. At the start, he fails miserably as he appears to be trying too hard. Later on he steps it up some, still he's far from the level he reached in January's 'Alpha Dog'.

The other thing 'Black Snake Moan' boasts is a splendid soundtrack. Containing tracks from The Black Keys, John Doe, pieces from the score done by Scott Bomar, & of course four, count 'em, four tracks from Jackson himself. It's actually one of his songs, the main performance of the film, 'Stackolee' that is the fuel to the fire of this great collection. It alone is worth the ticket price. Other notable musical delights from the soundtrack are Bomar's 'The Chain', 'When the Lights Go Out' from the Black Keys, & the title track which is also among the most memorable scenes in the film where Lazarus sings to Rae on a stormy night.

The efforts of Craig Brewer can't go without mention though. His last film 'Hustle & Flow' which ended up surpassing low expectations and gaining critical acclaim put him on the map. What he has done with 'Black Snake Moan' will be what sets him apart from other newbies to the industry. He not only directed 'Moan', but also wrote its screenplay. The end result is a story that is surprising and clever. As you watch you feel like you know exactly where it's headed despite its valiant composure. Just as you think you've predicted the next move Brewer shifts gears and takes an entirely different route. There are however some blotches within the screenplay. The background characters are drab and flat while the ending is somewhat disappointing. It left me craving for something more exciting. After so many highs I guess the final scenes were a tad weak compared to the rest of the film.

I imagine the majority of people who see 'Black Snake Moan' won't enjoy it due to the fact they won't be able to stop themselves from thinking how unlikely the situations are. The depressing part about that is there are many other films with just as unlikely, even more outrageous scenarios that are widely well received. It's the issues of race, religious motives, & sexuality the film exhibits that will have more effect on opinion than anything. The idea of a black man chaining a white woman up in his house is enough to make most people not even consider seeing it. Simply put, it's not for everyone. Like I said, to fully enjoy it you have to go in with an open mind, or else you're just wasting your money. For those of you who can do that, I highly recommend it.

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