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Writers (WGA):
Tyler Perry (screenplay)
Tyler Perry (play)
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tyler Perry ... Madea / Joe

Taraji P. Henson ... April

Adam Rodriguez ... Sandino

Brian White ... Randy

Hope Olaide Wilson ... Jennifer

Kwesi Boakye ... Manny
Frederick Siglar ... Byron

Gladys Knight ... Wilma

Mary J. Blige ... Tanya
Marvin Winans ... Pastor Brian

Eric Mendenhall ... Man #1

David Paulus ... Miller

Randall Taylor ... Mr. Bradley
Tess Malis Kincaid ... Ms. Sullivan
Joseph Taylor ... Announcer
Cheryl B. Pratt ... 911 Dispatcher
Judith Franklin ... Rock Steady Background Singer
Jameaka Tubbs ... Rock Steady Background Singer
Thomasina Walker ... Rock Steady Background Singer
Jamilah Windham ... Rock Steady Background Singer
Greta Glenn ... Mama Rose
Tanya R. Rodriguez ... Waitress
Toni Redd ... Background Singer
Shedrick Garrett ... Madea Double
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carla Bailey ... Teacher
Tim Brazeal ... Business Man

Keith Allen Hayes ... Store Patron
Roger Herrera ... Homeless
Shawn Knowles ... Man on the Street
Adrian Kali Turner ... Byron (voice)
Daniel Burnley ... Man in Church (uncredited)
Michael Burton ... Musician (Saxophone) (uncredited)
Will Finch ... Needy Person (uncredited)
Jon Gould ... Church Patron (uncredited)

Marki Henderson ... Block Party Patron (uncredited)
Steven Kennebrew-Turner ... Church Patron - Behind April (uncredited)
Alphonse A. Lambert Jr. ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
B'nard Lewis ... Bus Rider (uncredited)
Emmanuel Matasaru ... Pizza Boy (uncredited)

Lynn McArthur ... Needy Person (uncredited)
Jeremy Leighton Miller ... Extra (uncredited)

Jade Moser ... Jazz Club Girl (uncredited)

Kinyumba Mutakabbir ... Male Dancer (uncredited)

M.V. Oliphant ... Neighbor (uncredited)
John Fitzgerald Page ... Congregation Member (uncredited)

Spencer Ralston ... Block Party Patron (uncredited)
David Smith ... Guy on Pay Phone (uncredited)

Jawad Talpur ... Bar Patron at Wilma's Performance (uncredited)
Demetris Dennis Taylor ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Jean Witty ... Jazz Club Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Tyler Perry 
Writing credits
Tyler Perry (screenplay)

Tyler Perry (play "Dear God, Are All Men Dogs?: I Can Do Bad All by Myself")

Produced by
Roger M. Bobb .... co-producer
Reuben Cannon .... producer
Jerry P. Jacobs .... co-producer
Charisse Nesbit .... supervising producer
Michael Paseornek .... executive producer
Tyler Perry .... producer
Original Music by
Aaron Zigman 
Cinematography by
Alexander Gruszynski 
Film Editing by
Maysie Hoy 
Casting by
Alpha Tyler 
Production Design by
Ina Mayhew 
Art Direction by
Mayne Berke 
Set Decoration by
Lance Totten 
Costume Design by
Keith G. Lewis 
Makeup Department
Martin Astles .... makeup effects sculptor
Kyndra Beaudoin .... additional hair stylist
Andrea C. Brotherton .... additional hair stylist
Cynthia L. Chapman .... additional hair stylist (as Cynthia Chapman)
Char Coats-Crump .... additional makeup artist
Patrice Coleman .... makeup department head
Veronica Cox .... additional makeup artist
Vincent Gideon .... first additional hair stylist
Kevin Haney .... special makeup effects artist
Deaundra Harris-Metzger .... additional hair stylist
T.A. Henderson .... key hair stylist
Harvey Lowry .... director of operations: Drac Studios
Donna Martin .... additional makeup artist (as Donna K. Martin)
Theresa McCoy McDowell .... additional makeup artist (as Theresa McCoy)
Wanda Patterson .... additional makeup artist
Carol Rasheed .... key makeup artist
Scott H. Reeder .... additional hair stylist (as Scott Reeder)
Charles Gregory Ross .... department head hair
Mark James Ross .... special makeup effects artist: Atlanta life casting: Toby Sells Creature Make up FX Shop
Duane Saylor .... additional makeup artist
Toby Sells .... special makeup effects assistant
Denise Tunnell .... additional makeup artist
Dawn Turner .... additional hair stylist
Mi Young .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Sharon C. Dietz .... production supervisor
Jerry P. Jacobs .... unit production manager
Curtis A. Miller .... production director (Lions Gate Films)
Carl Pedregal .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roger M. Bobb .... first assistant director
Robert Dickerson Jr. .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Christopher Amerson .... painter
Calvin Ashford .... assistant to production designer
Adam Brustein .... assistant art director
Sarah Carter .... set decoration production assistant
Karen A. Felix .... property master
Brenda Findley .... art department coordinator
Sunny Hahlen .... painter
Andy Krish .... assistant property master
Konrad Lewis .... set dresser
Walt Mikolwski .... construction coordinator
Adam Miller .... props
Monika van Schellenbeck .... buyer
Nichole Wleklinski .... props
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Bartkowicz .... re-recording engineer
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Kerry Ann Carmean .... sound editor
Laurie Garner .... epk sound
Mike Howells .... adr recordist
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Jonathan Jory .... adr mixer
Phil Lee .... sound recordist
Shirley Libby .... production sound mixer
Colt Logan .... boom operator
Jane McKeever .... sound effects editor
Christopher Mills .... epk sound
James Moriana .... foley artist
Paul Sorohan .... utility sound
David Stanke .... first assistant sound editor
Trevor Stott .... boom operator
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Brett Voss .... foley mixer
Mathew Waters .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor
John St. Denis .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Fletcher .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Cortney Haile .... visual effects executive
Spencer Hecox .... digital compositor
Brian Holter .... digital compositor
John Kearns .... digital restoration
Jeremy Meltzer .... digital compositor
Justin Pascal .... digital compositor
Jason Sanford .... visual effects producer
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration
Ashley J. Ward .... visual effects coordinator
Greg Wattkis .... stunts
Gerard G. Williams .... stunt coordinator
Gus Williams .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Irie Bailey .... electrician
Brent Bazinski .... electrician
Kenneth Bolton .... grip
Quantrell D. Colbert .... still photographer
Jeff W. Curtis .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Joe D'Alessandro .... camera operator
Lee Donaldson .... best boy rigging grip
Ramon Engle .... additional camera operator
Dan Furst .... video assist operator
Mike L. Germaine .... best boy grip
Geoff Herbert .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Sherri Angela Leger .... film loader
Grg Magidow .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Greg Magidow)
Bob Mahoney .... still photographer
Sean McCardell .... rigging gaffer
Christopher Mills .... efp camera
Edward Nyankori .... dimmer board operator
Mike Pearce .... best boy rigging electric
Daniel Pederson .... electrician
Charles Praileau .... rigging grip
James Selph .... grip
David Shakibanasab .... lamp operator
Dean M. Simmon .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Louis Smith .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Henry Tirl .... camera operator: "b" camera
Henry Tirl .... steadicam operator
Alex Willson .... rigging electrician
Sean Yaple .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Casting Department
Jill Andrade .... extras casting assistant
Heather Hylton Bivens .... extras casting director
Rhavynn Drummer .... casting assistant
Brittany N. Grooms .... extras casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sylvia Akuchie .... costumer
Sekinah Brown .... assistant costume designer
Sarah Downer .... additional set costumer
Daniel George .... set costumer
Rhonney Greene .... set costumer
Melanie Mascioli .... costumer
Gertrude Moore .... head tailor
Margaret Robbs .... costumer
Iliana Sanchez .... costumer
Editorial Department
Marisa Clayton .... project manager (modern videofilm )
Kimberly Ellis .... post-production assistant (as Kimberly Wilhoit)
Joi McMillon .... first assistant editor
Carl S.G. Moore .... digital intermediate producer
Justin Powell .... post-production assistant
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate editor
Jeff Smithwick .... digital film colorist
Ariana Young .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Johnny Caruso .... music editor
George Doering .... musician
Jerry Hey .... orchestrator
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
Steve Juliani .... music preparation
Joseph Magee .... production music mixer
Bobbi Page .... choir contractor
Rebecca Rienks .... assistant music supervisor
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
Steve Schwartzberg .... music engineer
Patrick Spain .... music assistant engineer
Michael Stern .... music recording engineer: music scoring mixer
Dara Wedler .... music assistant
Dara Wedler .... soundtrack coordinator
Aaron Zigman .... conductor
Aaron Zigman .... orchestrator
Alexander Lowe .... music engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Janet Perrotti .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Coleen Aiello .... first assistant accountant
Ozzie Areu .... president: Tyler Perry Studios
Will Areu .... senior vice president: production and operations
Gaytra Arnold .... accounting clerk
Carla Bailey .... stand-in
Colbert Bernard .... production assistant
Khalilah Birdsong .... executive assistant: Tyler Perry
Justin Bones .... set production assistant
Ami Cohen .... production department coordinator
Jeff Dash .... production accountant
Derron Delaney .... medic
Derrick Doose .... key set production assistant
Tsedy Gebeyehu .... production secretary
Lindsay Gores .... production staff
Valencia Y. Hawkins .... executive assistant: Mr. Perry (as Valencia Hawkins)
Conor Hayes .... second assistant accountant
Liam Hearne .... post production accountant
Bill Jacks .... manager of business and legal affairs
Kimberly Latrice Jones .... production secretary
Rae Lockett .... executive assistant: Mr. Cannon (as Reasheal 'Rae' Lockett)
Henderson Maddox .... production assistant
Laurent Marchand .... caterer
Whit Marschalk .... epk sound
Karen Marie Mason .... assistant location manager
Robert M. Melnik .... executive vice president of business affairs
Cheryl Miller .... production coordinator
Gary Ousdahl .... executive assistant: Mr. Perry
Gary Ousdahl .... executive assistant: Tyler Perry
Emily Rice .... post production accountant
Torrey Russell .... executive production assistant: tyler perry
Klein Santana .... office production assistant
Jennifer Schoenherz .... executive assistant to president
Robert Severance .... police security
Cassius Allen Shuman .... business & legal affairs: Lionsgate
Donna Sloan .... executive vice president: production
Gene Michael Smith .... additional production assistant
Michael C. Smith .... police coordinator
Tasha Smith .... dialogue coach: Mr. Winans
Omega M. Stewart .... office production assistant
Kristin Topps .... craft service assistant
Carole Wurst .... executive assistant to tyler perry
Dawn Halfkenny .... stand-in (uncredited)
Renee Horton .... dancer (uncredited)
Jerome Spence .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself" - USA (complete title)
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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving a sexual assault on a minor, violence, drug references and smoking
USA:113 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45358)
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Jennifer:My Grandma Rose used to tell us to pray about things like this.
Madea:Then that's what you ought to do, pray about it, talk to the Lord about it. He'll help you.
Jennifer:Yeah but she only told us to pray. She never told us how. Would you teach me?
Madea:Show you how to pray?
Madea:Oh, Lord, child, I ain't talked to God since the last time I saw a cop in my rearview mirror. I guess I can try. You know the number?
Jennifer:The what?
Madea:The number. To call him. They say, "Jesus On the Mainline." I don't know the number. Okay, sit back. Bow your head. First, giving honor to God, to the head of my life.
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17 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful nuanced performances, 23 January 2010
Author: d-kinne from United States

The person who called this drivel never saw the film, guaranteed. The actors in this film are stunning, and the story is touching and real. Oscar nominated Taraji P. Henson not only carries the dramatic arc of the main character's transformation, she also kicks butt in her singing performance as self-centered club singer April. Mary J. Blige and Gladys Knight and Marvin Winans all deliver the goods in their acting and then blow the roof off with their singing performances.

And Hope Olaide Wilson's performance as 16 year old toughie Jennifer is simply remarkable. You can't quite grasp how remarkable it is until you watch an interview with her off camera and realize how completely and totally her character was invented. Totally convincing as the unwanted daughter of an American crack addict, with a nasty-ass inner city attitude and a volcano of anger inside, it's mind boggling to find out afterwards she is a luminous, joyful young woman who was classically trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and who naturally speaks with a lilting British accent. I will take bets on this... you will see her accepting an Academy Award one day. Absolutely brilliant. Like Meryl Streep / Kate Blanchett / Nicole Kidman

There are 6 full musical performances in this film, by Henson, Blige, Knight, and Winans, and they are better integrated into the story, more organically placed and more suited to the story than in any film I can recall. So it's not a "musical" per se, but a drama with humor and musical performances incorporated. And it works well.

I had never seen a "Madea" film before, nor anything of Tyler Perry's. To be honest, if I had known Madea was in the film I might have missed this gem, because I probably would not have watched it. I'm not into genre films or drag queen humor. I watched it because of the cast list. But although Madea appears in the film, it's as a supporting character. Fortunately. Because the Madea scenes are the weakest overall, and kind of rubbed me the wrong way in the context of the more naturalistic style of the rest of the film. Still, even Shakespeare used buffoonish clowns at various times to move the action along, so I think we can forgive Tyler Perry for boosting the box office appeal with a proved draw.

So I would not call this a Madea movie, nor would I label it an African American movie. Those labels are deceptively limiting. It's much bigger than you might expect. It is a very effective and entertaining drama (with music and comedy) that touches deeply on the human condition, and affirms the transformative power of love... both romantic and spiritual love. And it deserves a wider audience. And better reviews than someone who hasn't actually seen the film would give it.

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