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Black Snake Moan (2006)

R | | Drama, Music | 2 March 2007 (USA)
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A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.

Director:

Craig Brewer

Writer:

Craig Brewer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Lazarus
Christina Ricci ... Rae
Justin Timberlake ... Ronnie
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Angela
John Cothran ... Reverend R.L.
David Banner ... Tehronne
Michael Raymond-James ... Gill
Adriane Lenox ... Rose Woods
Kim Richards ... Sandy
Neimus K. Williams Neimus K. Williams ... Lincoln
Leonard L. Thomas ... Deke Woods
Ruby Wilson Ruby Wilson ... Mayella
Claude Phillips ... Bojo
Amy Lavere Amy Lavere ... Jesse
Clare Grant ... Kell
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Storyline

In rural Tennessee, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in reminding Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection. Written by Joe Jurca

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Everything is hotter down south. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Snake Moan See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,143,199, 4 March 2007

Gross USA:

$9,396,870, 11 June 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,903,846, 11 June 2012
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Dolby Digital | DTS

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the party scene, a guy suggests getting high on Coricidin. The pharmacist in the movie, is the spokesperson in the Coricidin HBP commercials. See more »

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Despite Rae running around in the dirt for much of the film in bare feet, her feet stay remarkably clean. See more »

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[first lines]
Son House: Ain't but one kind of blues. And that consisted between male and female that's in love. In love, just like I sung one of them songs a while ago and I put a verse in there saying that love hide all fault and make you do things you don't wanna do. Love sometimes will leave you feeling sad and blue. I'm talking about the blues! I ain't talking about monkey junk. And it consisted between male and female. And that means two people, supposed to be in love, when one or the other deceives ...
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.13 (2011) See more »

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Standing In My Doorway Crying
Written and Performed by Jessie Mae Hemphill
Courtesy of HighTone Records
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Moan hits Home ..
2 March 2007 | by bluzalleySee all my reviews

Just got back from seeing Black Snake Moan. I had spent time reading reviews ... most seemed to focus on the obvious ... "skinny white girl chained to a black man's radiator" ... I hate when "critics" miss the point of a film. Now I suppose it helps that I live in Memphis ... and have lived in Mississippi a couple of times too. It may also help that I am the former Director of the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale ... but I get this movie. Brewer's simple "redemption tale" is easy to follow and could have had various themes to tell the story ... but I believe it is highly effect as a "blues". It would be my hope that people don't read all the hype ... and/or various reviews ... and miss a really good movie. Get past the various things like skinny girls in white panties ... get past Justin Timberlake, accept his character Ronnis (which he plays very well) ... get past "Snakes on a Plane" and see how mercuricul Samuel L. Jackson is ... as he has transformed himself into a very believable Mid-South blues man. If you know little about Mid-South culture a lot of what goes on may strike some as cartoonish ... but accept the fact that Craig Brewer KNOWS how to paint the canvas and let the actors tell the story and you will enjoy this film. Not one to tell endings ... so go see this movie ... and yes I will agree with one thing the critics got right ... the music is wonderful!


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