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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 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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To save his soul he must save hers. 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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Trivia

The title of the film derives from the Blind Lemon Jefferson song, recorded in 1927. See more »

Goofs

The shape and location of the scar on Lazarus's right shoulder changes several times through out the film. See more »

Quotes

[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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Old Black Mattie
Written and Performed by R.L. Burnside
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
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Great film!
3 March 2007 | by Fedaykin_SadakoSee all my reviews

I knew as soon as I saw the first trailer for Black Snake Moan that I would have to see it. I was not disappointed in the slightest in the film, which was written and directed by Hustle and Flow's creator Craig Brewer. It tells the story of a broken blues man and the nymphomaniac he aims to cure not just for her sake, but also his own...yet it's so much more than that. It's complex and rich and it manages to steep you in a gritty, sticky, sultry blue Memphis without making you feel like you need a bath afterward.

The characters are (for the most part) multifaceted and very well-written and performed. The accents and the dialogue were carried off flawlessly. However, there was one weak link in the chain: Justin Timberlake. The best I can say for him is that he can pull off crying...it's a rare male actor who can cry convincingly. However, Justin's Ronnie was flat, but as an actor he was trying very hard. I would definitely give him another chance.

Lazarus and Rae (Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci respectively) have a great chemistry and a great respect for each other. This is one of those films where it doesn't matter how good one actor is if the other one isn't up to the task and, luckily, both of the actors were up to the task.

The music was very bit as good as you would expect, especially when Mr. Samuel L. Jackson sings the blues. Phenomenal.

On the technical side, all was brilliance as far as I could see. It was well-edited, well shot, and well-mixed...everything was great. The character and set designs were just right, the casting of the supporting characters (even Justin Timberlake and especially Kim Richards) was spot on... Loved it.


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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:

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,907,485
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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