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Ruby's Bucket of Blood (2001)

A Louisiana juke joint owner loses her star entertainer and hires a white singer to fill in.

Director:

Peter Werner

Writers:

Julie Hébert (play), Julie Hébert (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Bassett ... Ruby Delacroix
Kevin Anderson ... Billy Dupre
Brian Stokes Mitchell ... Earl Delacroix
Jurnee Smollett-Bell ... Emerald Delacroix (as Jurnee Smollett)
Glenn Plummer ... Johnny Beaugh
Angelica Page ... Betsy Dupree (as Angelica Torn)
Arnold Pinnock ... Silas Bonner
Martin Villafana Martin Villafana ... Jack Nagim
Ruby Webb Ruby Webb ... Sydney Beaugh
Rudy Webb Rudy Webb ... Sydney Beaugh
Cabral Richards Cabral Richards ... Handsome Man
David Ferry ... Sheriff Robicheaux
Mailka Oakley Mailka Oakley ... Regina
Karen Andrew Karen Andrew ... Bootsie
Anna Ferguson ... Miss Lemonn
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A Louisiana juke joint owner loses her star entertainer and hires a white singer to fill in.

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Passion knows no rules.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, some sensuality, drug use and language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'amour n'a pas de couleur See more »

Filming Locations:

Albion Hills, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The cymbals on the drum set in the club are Sabian. Sabian cymbals were not manufactured prior to 1981, twenty years after the time in which the movie is set. See more »

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Great sound track; pretty good story
9 December 2001 | by joehardy-2See all my reviews

As with "O Brother, Where Art Thou," the music in this film is a major reason to watch it--if you like The Blues, that is. In fact, the first half of the film is mostly filled with terrific performances of blues music (with dashes of jazz and cajun.) In 1961, in a Louisiana backwater, Billy Dupree, a white singer (played by Broadway's Kevin Anderson) lands a gig at Ruby's joint, whose clientele is black, when she suddenly needs a replacement act. Angela Bassett is Ruby, one tough cookie, who inexplicably doesn't realize her own sexy beauty. Her philandering fool of a husband walks out on her early on. Of course, Billy proves himself as a blues belter and romance blooms between the two singers, despite the interracial barrier, and despite Billy also being married--to a woman with mental problems. There are sub-plots, one involving Ruby's teen-aged daughter, and one about two of the black band members who are gay. (One wants to leave for New Orleans to find fame while the other is content where he is.) But this is mainly a love story. Despite a somewhat predictable plot and some credibility lapses (given the severe black anti-gay prejudice today, would the two musicians be so open about their attraction 40 years ago?) this is an engrossing film--well acted and directed--that will appeal to blues fans.


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