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A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a... See more »

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Reverend Cornell Cobbs
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Aretha Cobbs
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Naima
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Loot / Tyson
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Langston
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Angel
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Street Prophet (Isaiah) (as Nasir Jones)
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Pawnbroker (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
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Jo-Jo / Joseph
Grace Gibson ...
Maria / Mary
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Officer Butch McDaniels
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Kyle
Henry Hunter Hall ...
Snoopy (as H. Hunter Hall)
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Innkeeper
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Chic Man
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Chic Man's Mistress (as Sorika Horng)
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Hotel Security Guard
C. Kelly Wright ...
Desperate Pawnshop Woman
Braille Diaz ...
Boy Thief
Roz Beauty ...
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Richard Crandle ...
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Mamie Duncan-Gibbs ...
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Bernita Ewing ...
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Dwayne Grayman ...
On-Set Choir Member
Bruce Hawkins ...
On-Set Choir Member
Jared Joseph ...
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On-Set Choir Member (as Nei-Ce Knight-Preuitt)
Brandi Chavonne Massey ...
On-Set Choir Member
Nat Morris ...
On-Set Choir Member
Ashdyn Unique Neal ...
On-Set Choir Member
Contrella Patrick-Henry ...
On-Set Choir Member
Gavyn Pickens ...
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Lexi Rhoades ...
On-Set Choir Member
Michelle Robinson ...
On-Set Choir Member (as Michelle M. Robinson)
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On-Set Choir Member
Eddie B. Sands Jr. ...
On-Set Choir Member
Levensky Smith ...
On-Set Choir Member
Judine Somerville ...
On-Set Choir Member
Milton David Vann ...
On-Set Choir Member
Anita Welch ...
On-Set Choir Member
Alyson Williams ...
On-Set Choir Member
Collin Heyward ...
Nativity Dancer
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Nativity Dancer
Abdur-Rahim Jackson ...
Nativity Dancer
Nijawoon K. Matthews ...
Nativity Dancer
Coral Dolphin ...
Nativity Dancer
Karine Plantadit ...
Nativity Dancer
Ayo Jackson ...
Nativity Dancer (as Ayo Jeneen Jackson)
Ryan Rankine ...
Nativity Dancer (as Ryan H. Rankine)
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B-Boy (as Pedro Morillo)
Steven Rosa ...
B-Boy (as Steven 'Stylez' Rosa)
Virgil Gadson ...
B-Boy
Prashant Lamar Murthy ...
Church Band Guitarist
William Powell ...
Church Band Drummer
Alphaeus Bennett ...
Church Band Bass Player
Hubert Powell III ...
Church Band Organist
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Church Band Pianist
Abdel Salaam ...
Drummer
Farai Malianga ...
Drummer
Frank Malloy IV ...
Drummer
Antoine Drye ...
Trumpet Player
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Bus Driver Spiro (uncredited)
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Officious Doorman (uncredited)
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Guy in Santa Hat (uncredited)
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Actor (uncredited)
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Bus Singer #6 (uncredited)
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Church Member (uncredited)
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Female Usher (uncredited)
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Bus Passenger (uncredited)
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New Choir Member (uncredited)
Johnathan Hallgrey ...
Church Deacon #3 (uncredited)
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Vendor (uncredited)
Amyrh Harris ...
Church Goer (uncredited)
Landon Ifill ...
Holy Child (uncredited)
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Church Congregant (uncredited)
Dennis Lauricella ...
Corrections Officer (uncredited)
Ebony J Lewis ...
Wretched Woman (uncredited)
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Times Square Tourist (uncredited)
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Bus Passenger (uncredited)
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Bus Singer #2 (uncredited)
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Mad Scientologist / Crazy Rabbi (uncredited)
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Transvestite inmate (uncredited)
Austin Purnell ...
Langston's Father (uncredited)
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Bethlehem / Modern Day Thug Hallucination (uncredited)
Nadine P. Simmons ...
Church Congregant (uncredited)
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Convenience Store Manager (uncredited)
Iris Taylor ...
Church Congregant (uncredited)
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Arab Businessman (uncredited)
Joseph Monroe Webb ...
Security Guard #2 (uncredited)
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Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Darren Whitfield ...
Sanctified (Church Congregation) (uncredited)
Dolores Winn ...
Homeless Wretched (uncredited)

Directed by

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Kasi Lemmons

Written by (WGA)

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Langston Hughes ... (based on the play by)
 
Kasi Lemmons ... (written for the screen by)

Produced by

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Joy Goodwin ... executive producer
William Horberg ... producer
T.D. Jakes ... producer
T.K. Knowles ... associate producer
Galt Niederhoffer ... producer
John O'Grady ... associate producer
Celine Rattray ... producer
Chuck Ryant ... associate producer
Trudie Styler ... executive producer
Bergen Swanson ... co-producer
Derrick Williams ... executive producer (as Derrick M. Williams)

Music by

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Laura Karpman
Raphael Saadiq

Cinematography by

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Anastas N. Michos

Film Editing by

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Terilyn A. Shropshire

Editorial Department

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Aida Artieda ... editorial production assistant
Ernest Leif Boyd ... assistant editor
Molle DeBartolo ... senior digital intermediate producer
Christian G. Farfan ... conform editor
Joe Gawler ... digital intermediate colorist
Mia Iverson ... post-production assistant
John Kleber ... chief technologist
Taylor Levy ... apprentice editor
Tim Maxwell ... digital transfer
T.J. Seiler ... colorist: dailies
Perri Silver ... post-production assistant

Casting By

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Tracy 'Twinkie' Bird ... (as Twinkie Byrd)

Production Design by

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Kristi Zea

Art Direction by

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Doug Huszti

Set Decoration by

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Diane Lederman

Costume Design by

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Gersha Phillips

Makeup Department

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Anita Gibson ... makeup department head
Daniel Green Jr. ... key makeup artist
Lisa Hazell ... hair stylist
Erin Hicks ... hair department head
Kym Lee ... makeup artist
Duane Moody ... barber (as Duane 'Sharky' Moody)
David Presto ... key makeup artist
Barbara Roman ... key hair stylist (as Barbara L. Roman)
Ellen Bodkins ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Donyale McRae ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Liz Reilly ... background hair (uncredited)

Production Management

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Danielle Blumstein ... production supervisor
Sarah Connors ... post-production supervisor
Bergen Swanson ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Scott Duskin ... second second assistant director
Adam Escott ... first assistant director
Jason Hightower ... additional second assistant director
Nick Vanderpool ... second assistant director

Art Department

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I. Javier Ameijeiras ... concept illustrator
Joe Bird ... foreman / leadman
Jack Brandt ... set dresser
Michael Bruno ... set dresser
Robert Castillo ... storyboard artist
Tracy Crim ... painter
Tim Davies ... construction grip
Jennifer Engel ... assistant set decorator
Gilbert Gertsen Jr. ... set dresser
Sheyam Ghieth ... art department coordinator
Phoebe Glave ... shop production assistant
Eric Helmin ... graphic designer
Diem Hoang ... art department production assistant
Jason Hylton ... set dresser
John R. Johnston ... foreman carpenter
Heather Danielle Kane ... property master
Eoin V. Lambe ... props
Steven E. Lawler ... key carpenter
Kim Lessing ... art department production assistant
Lynn Maffessoli ... camera scenic
Shannon Mallan ... set dresser
Dan Melchiorri ... set dresser
Jamie Moore ... scenic industrial
Mike Nallon ... set dresser
Ken Nelson ... construction coordinator
John Pollard ... assistant art director
Thomas Hudson Reeve ... on-set dresser
Sam Rosedietcher ... set dresser
Bryan Scanlon ... set dresser
Elizabeth Schlitten ... assistant property master
Bonnie Thompson ... set dresser
Marc Vranesich ... key construction grip
Patricia Walker ... scenic charge
Tonero Williams ... props

Sound Department

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Nick Bozzone ... adr mixer
Shaun Brennan ... foley artist
David Briggs ... dialogue editor
Sean Garnhart ... re-recording mixer / sound effects editor
Lewis Goldstein ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Jose C. Gorritti ... epk sound mixer
Max Greene ... dialogue editor
Kyle D. Krajewski ... adr recordist
George Leong ... boom operator
Michael Miller ... adr mixer
Carol Mintz ... sound editorial manager
Cate Montana ... adr supervisor
Derek Pacuk ... protools playback mixer
Egor Panchenko ... pro tools playback mixer
Tom Ryan ... adr mixer / foley editor
William Sarokin ... sound mixer
Timothia Sellers ... sound utility
Alex Soto ... assistant supervising sound editor
John Soukup ... sound transfer recordist
Jerrell Suelto ... adr recordist
Wen Hsuan Tseng ... foley editor
John St. Denis ... adr recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Edward Drohan IV ... special effects coordinator
Mike Hartney ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Drew Beekler ... roto artist
Alex Cheparev ... senior modeler
Chi-Chang Chu ... texture artist
Christopher DeVito ... cg animator/rigger
Bryan T. Evans ... lead matchmove artist
Greg Groenekamp ... senior compositor
Jep Hill ... cg supervisor
da Suel Kim ... visual effects artist
Randy Krueger ... digital compositor
Gong Myung Lee ... CG supervisor
Jina Lee ... texture painter
Mark Lieberman ... lead paint & roto artist
Johnathan Nixon ... effects technical director: Mr. X Gotham
Jennifer Ramos ... visual effects coordinator
Eric J. Robertson ... senior visual effects supervisor
Justin Rogers-CdeBaca ... visual effects production assistant
Alek Vacura ... modeler

Stunts

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Roy Farfel ... stunt driver
Asia Hernandez ... stunt woman
Manny Siverio ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Joseph Abbatecola ... best boy grip
Micael Albrecht ... electrician: press conference
Vanessa Alexis ... grip
Rebecca Arndt ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Christian Baldi ... rigging best boy electric
Ayana Baraka ... camera production assistant
Daniel Beaman ... dolly grip: "a" camera
Thomas Beczynski ... rigging electrician
Phil Bray ... still photographer
Kelly Britt ... moving light technician
Shaka Brookes ... grip
Dj Carroll ... camera
Rudolph Carty ... grip
Rashad Clinton ... dolly grip: "b" camera
Peter Colavito ... best boy electric
Luis Contreras ... lighting technician
Pedro Corcega ... second assistant "a" camera
Lamont Crawford ... key grip
James Daly ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Arthur Herman ... video assist operator / video playback operator
Jonathan Herron ... best boy rigging grip
Roberto Jiménez ... shop electric
John Luton ... moving light programmer / programmer
Michael Mullen ... best boy rigging electric
John Nasta ... grip
Ben Noftzger ... camera production assistant
Thomas O'Connor ... rigging gaffer
Tod Olivieri ... rigging electrician
Craig Pressgrove ... "a" camera first assistant
Malcolm A. Purnell ... additional first assistant
Matthew Rohn ... generator operator
Rachael Saltzman ... electrician
Gerard Sava ... a camera/steadicam
Robert Sciretta ... gaffer
George Selden ... electrician
Joshua Solson ... electrician
Nicky 'Nuckles' Vaccaro ... rigging key grip
Yves Wilson ... additional grip

Casting Department

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Melanie Block ... extras casting assistant
Cynthia Degros ... casting assistant
Riley Fee ... extras casting assistant
Allison Hall ... extras casting associate
Sherlan N. Koloi ... casting associate
Susanne Scheel ... casting associate
Devin Shacket ... casting assistant
Grant Wilfley ... extras casting
Bruce Winant ... adr voice casting
Zach Zatet ... extras casting assistant (as Zach Z. Zatet)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Olivia Barrand ... head tailor
Keia Bounds ... shopper
Kimberly Butler-Gilkeson ... costumer (as Kimberly Butler)
Kyle B. Cunningham ... costume assistant
Trenton Dallas ... set costumer
Monika Darby ... costumer
Deirdra Elizabeth Govan ... assistant costume designer (as Deidra E. Govan)
Ted Graham ... costume production assistant
Charlese Antoinette Jones ... costume shopper
Shahnaz Khan ... tailor
Lain Kienzle ... costume production assistant
Kyle LaColla ... costume assistant
Antoinette Scherer ... key costumer
Samantha L. Seda ... costume coordinator
Angie Smith ... set costumer
Laura Steinman ... costume supervisor
Paul Thompson ... costumer: Mary J. Blige / set costumer
Jeffrey Wirsing ... ager/dyer

Location Management

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Douglas Armitage ... location assistant
Alex Berard ... location assistant
Michael DeRoker ... location manager
Daniel McCarthy ... assistant location manager (as Dan McCarthy)
Brad Reichel ... location assistant
David Velasco ... location manager
Vanessa Weiss ... location coordinator

Music Department

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John Aspinall ... score mix assistant
Steven Baker ... music supervisor
Laurhan Beato ... playback singer
Nelson Beato ... playback singer
Jessiline Berry ... music production assistant
John M. Davis ... music editor
Charity Daw ... playback singer
Josh Edmondson ... producer: additional music
Jody Elff ... live music recording engineer
Richard Furch ... music mixer
Peter Gary ... recording engineer
M.B. Gordy ... musician / musician: percussion
Brad Haehnel ... score mixer
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum ... score cordinator
Blake Leyh ... music editor
Stephanie Lowry ... music editor
Rebecca Morellato ... Music Production Exec
Contrella Patrick-Henry ... vocal director
Suzana Peric ... music editor
Victor Pesavento ... music preparation
Ryan Robinson ... scoring technical support engineer
Peter Rotter ... orchestra contractor
Raphael Saadiq ... executive music producer
Bart Samolis ... musician
Marni Sanders ... copyist
Linnea Snyder ... music preparation
David Stal ... music preparation
Steven Taylor ... musician: on-set piano player (as Steven Taylor)
Camilla Uboldi ... music assistant / music assistant: composer
Patrick Houlihan ... music executive (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Vinny Ameruoso ... driver
Kevin Flynn ... transportation captain
Charles Hoffmann ... driver
Peter Krienbihl ... transportation co-captain

Other crew

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Fajer Al-Kaisi ... adr voice
Patrick Allen ... office production assistant
Jackie Bazan ... unit publicist
Bruce Bell ... set medic
Stephanie Blackwood ... assistant production office coordinator
Clay Broaddus ... additional production staff
Ashley Buonanno ... payroll accountant
Renee Burke ... script supervisor (as Renée Foley-Burke)
Rachel V. Byrd ... title sequence producer (as Rachel Byrd)
Jared Cauliffe ... set production assistant
Kevin Chang ... second assistant accountant
Nicholas DeWitt ... stage manager
Charlie Dibe ... production coordinator
Dolyn Dobro ... assistant: Mr. Horberg (as Gwendolyn Dobro)
Sarah Karas ... production secretary
Tiffany Kirkland ... key craft service
Yana Collins Lehman ... post production accountant
Liz Logan ... stand-in
Cisco Marcial ... parking coordinator
Kiki Martin ... accounting clerk
Ademola McMullen ... key set production assistant
Taylor McNulty ... production assistant
Bonnie Munoz ... first assistant accountant
Sara Neuffer ... production assistant
Sharika Niles ... production assistant
Philiane Phang ... assistant: Ms. Lemmons
Stephan Prevost ... epk production assistant
Kim Rideout ... paperwork production assistant
Allison Robin ... clearance/product placement coordinator
Otis Sallid ... choreographer
Evelyn Santana ... unit publicist
Kelsey Schuyler ... assistant post-production accountant
Jeiron Session ... production assistant
Cian Smith ... unit p.a.
Jason Samuels Smith ... tap choreographer
Judine Somerville ... assistant choreographer
Louie Tremblay ... office production assistant
Lesley Wise ... legal & business affairs (Ingenious Media)
Eja Wong ... choreography production assistant/runner
P. Obediah Wright ... assistant choreographer
Derek Yip ... production accountant
Mark J. Woods ... clearance supervisor (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs' rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family. Written by Fox Searchlight

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Also Known As
  • Black Nativity: la película (Spain)
  • Black Nativity: Uma Jornada Inesquecível (Brazil)
  • Черное Рождество (Russia)
  • Black Nativity - Um Espectáculo de Natal (Portugal)
  • Un Natale speciale a New York (Italy)
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  • 93 min
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Box Office

Budget $17,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,669,530, 01 Dec 2013

Did You Know?

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Trivia This film is one of the rare occasions when Forest Whitaker lends his tenor voice for a film. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #7.179 (2013). See more »
Soundtracks Coldest Town See more »

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