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Get on Up (2014)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music | 1 August 2014 (USA)
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A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

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6 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Syd Nathan
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Maceo Parker
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DeeDee Brown
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Ralph Bass
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Little Richard (as Brandon Smith)
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Yvonne Fair
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Pee Wee Ellis
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Nafloyd Scott
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On route to the stage, singer James Brown recalls a life with a turbulent childhood where music was his only constructive release for his passions. A chance demonstration of that in prison led to a new friend who helped get him out and into a musical career. With his fire and creative daring, Brown became a star who defiantly created new possibilities in show business both on and behind the stage in face of racism and conventional thinking. Along the way, James would also become a peacemaker who redefined and raised the African-American community's feeling of self-worth when it was needed most. However, those same domineering passions would lead James Brown alienating everyone around him as his appetites became ever more self-destructive. Only after he hit rock bottom with a serious mistake does Brown realize what he needs to do make his life as the Godfather of Soul truly worthwhile. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The Funk don't Quit

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations | See all certifications »

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1 August 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Get on Up: Príbeh Jamese Browna  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,585,915 (USA) (1 August 2014)

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$30,513,940 (USA) (12 September 2014)
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This is Aunjanue Ellis' third film based on a real-life musician. See more »

Goofs

When the madam pays James, she peels off a roll of $1 bills.They're federal reserve notes with a green seal, introduced in the early 1960s. The bills should've been silver certificates or US notes with blue or red seals. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: What exactly do you call your style of music?
James Brown: I call it James Brown music because it's so far ahead of its time
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Connections

Referenced in On Cinema: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Get on Up' (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Man's Man's Man's World
Live in Tampa
Written by James Brown and Betty Newsome
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Republic Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Amazing Performance
2 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

An eye opener for me. James Brown was one of the great innovators and leaders in American music and yet for many people he is a total unknown. Watching the movie one finds that his influence was immense on many of the musicians that followed him in all the many forms American music has evolved over the time, from rhythm and blues to rock and roll. It is fascinating look at the times from the post World War 2 period through the turmoil of the Civil Rights era. It is also a revelation about the music and the man. Amazing performance by Chadwick Boseman. The contrast between his portrayal of Jackie Robinson in 42 and this shows a great strength in acting ability. It is a truly Oscar worthy performance in and of itself. Hats off to Mick Jagger for producing this movie.


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