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Lightning in a Bottle (2004)

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Antoine Fuqua's documentary on the blues, shot at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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Antoine Fuqua
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aerosmith ... Themselves
Gregg Allman ... Himself
India Arie ... Herself (as India.Arie)
James Blood Ulmer James Blood Ulmer ... Himself
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown ... Himself
Ruth Brown Ruth Brown ... Herself
Solomon Burke ... Himself
Chuck D ... Himself
Natalie Cole ... Herself
Shemekia Copeland ... Herself
Bill Cosby ... Himself
Robert Cray ... Himself
Dr. John ... Himself
Honeyboy Edwards ... Himself
John Fogerty ... Himself
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Storyline

Beginning with a stirring African folk song (Zélié performed by Angélique Kidjo) the roots are established and rapidly swell into a trunk thickened by the hardships of the Great Depression (Gamblin' Man performed by David 'Honeyboy' Edwards) and the oppression of segregation (Jim Crow Blues performed by Odetta). Finally, this Blues family tree shows off vibrant new growth as it reveals the Blues' influence on our modern wealth of talented musicians (Midnight Special performed by John Fogerty and Hound Dog done by Macy Gray). Ruth Brown gives Blll Cosby a full-throttle serenade (and a playful smoldering gaze), along with Mavis Staples and Natalie Cole. Angélique Kidjo persuades Buddy Guy to an unforgettable rendition of 'Voodoo Child,' shortly before Bonnie Raitt and Robert Cray accompany B.B. King and Lucille for the final number, 'Paying the Cost to be the Boss.' This documentary presents to the audience, with authority and candor, an authentic history of this musical form. The ... Written by Annie Campos

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One night in New York, history was made. See more »

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Documentary | Music

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Blues ekrixi See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,300, 24 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$201,574, 6 March 2005
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Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

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Color
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Natalie Cole: This is dedicated to the men, but ladies...listen up!
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Blues music
24 November 2004 | by q_imdb-41See all my reviews

penseur wrote about Buddy Guy's rendition of Jimi Hendrix's Red House. Red House is an old blues standard that a million people cover, so Guy wasn't covering Hendrix he was just playing Red House.

I don't mean to nitpick but it's frustrating when I see things like "Clapton's I Shot the Sheriff" or "Aerosmith's Train Kept A Rollin". Covering blues tracks is a fundamental, and great, part of rock and roll, but the songs should be remembered for what they are, not some mega-bands rendition of them. Led Zeppelin's first album was almost entirely blues covers and it was awesome. Those guys constantly give credit to the great American blues legends. Without them there is no Led Zeppelin.


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