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Jackie's Back! (1999)

"Mockumentry" 60's diva Jackie Washington (Jenifer Lewis) (her ancestors were George Washington's slaves). Lewis is our leading lady with an incredible singing voice. Jackie is planning her... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Townsend
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenifer Lewis ... Jackie Washington
Tim Curry ... Edward Whatsett St. John
T.V. Blake T.V. Blake ... Antandra Washington (Jackie's Daughter)
Tangie Ambrose ... Shaniqua Summers Wells (Jackie's Daughter)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Nurse Ethyl Washington Rue Owens (Jackie's Sister)
Robert Bailey Jr. ... Wilson Wells (Jackie's Grandson)
Loren Freeman Loren Freeman ... Kim (Jackie's Costume Designer)
Tom Arnold ... Marvin Pritz (Jackie's Former Manager)
Patti Austin ... Patti Austin (Gospel Singer at Peaches' Funeral)
Loretta Devine ... Snookie Tate (Jackie's Childhood Friend)
Julie Hagerty ... Pammy Dunbar (Host)
David Hyde Pierce ... Perry (The Deaf Rehearsal Pianist)
Kathy Najimy ... Lola Molina (Jackie's Stalker)
Isabel Sanford ... Miss Krumes (Jackie's Play Mama)
JoBeth Williams ... Jo Face (Jackie's Vocal Coach)
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"Mockumentry" 60's diva Jackie Washington (Jenifer Lewis) (her ancestors were George Washington's slaves). Lewis is our leading lady with an incredible singing voice. Jackie is planning her comeback tour coinciding with Edward Whatsett St. John (Tim Curry) as her interviewer. Famous faces are dishing the dirt on her, including Bette Midler, Whoopi Goldberg, David Hyde Pierce, and Chris Rock. Written by Cheryl Rose

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Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

TV-14
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Trivia

In France, Jackie is known as "La Washington". See more »

Quotes

Ethyl Washington Rue Owens: She tells that lie child - she does that every year, telling somebody we're related to George Washington. It's George Washington Honor from up there around Peckinpah, Idado. Because our people are mixed - did she tell you that? We are one quarter Korean and half black and one quarter Kawchodinne Indian.
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Alternate Versions

When the film premiered on Lifetime, it did not include Curry's overdub at the end about the new version of "Look at Me." This line has surfaced in recent TV airings and on the DVD release. See more »

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References Cabaret (1972) See more »

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Very good mockumentary film
15 April 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I saw Jackie's Back! for quite a few reasons, some more obvious than others, and I was very impressed. I loved the mockumentary style the film is told in, and I loved the lighting, costumes and sets too captured very well by some great camera work. I don't need to say how good the music is, I'll drop a hint actually it's brilliant and the renditions are every bit as good as well. The story may have some predictable spots, but it is well-paced and never fails to be interesting, and the script even with the odd dry area is ceaselessly hilarious. The performances and cameos are great. Jennifer Lewis is a revelation, being sassy, warm and endearing all at once, complete with a terrific voice. I am a huge Tim Curry fan, and while he sometimes overdoes the stuffiness and pomposity of his character he seems to be having great fun. Some of the biggest joys of Jackie's Back! were the cameos, the best of which were Whoopi Goldberg and David Hyde Pierce. The ending is sentimental, but effective. All in all, very good and entertaining. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackie's Back: Portrait of a Diva See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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