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Nina (2016)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 22 April 2016 (USA)
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The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

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Cynthia Mort

Writer:

Cynthia Mort
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Saldana ... Nina Simone
David Oyelowo ... Clifton Henderson
Kevin Mambo ... Gilles, Lead Guitarist
Ronald Guttman ... Henri Edwards
Chuma Gault ... Nina's Husband
Allison Sarofim ... Head Nurse
Mike Epps ... Richard Pryor
Keith David ... Clifton's Father
Ella Joyce ... Clifton's Mom
Stevens Gaston ... Clifton's Brother
Fred Cassidy ... Customs Agent
Jessica Oyelowo ... Nurse
Anthony Molinari ... Cop #1
Ella Thomas ... Lorraine Hansbury
Bonnie Bartlett ... Recital Stage Woman
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The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

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Taglines:

Singer. Activist. Survivor. Legend.

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Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nina Simone See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Casting Zoe Saldana as the legendary Nina Simone caused major backlash and controversy in the African-American community because of Saldana's skin color. Saldana, who is of Puerto Rican and Dominican ancestry, is much lighter than Simone and wore dark makeup to resemble her. When Saldana tweeted that she was honored to portray Simone, the Nina Simone Foundation replied, "Dear Zoe, please keep Nina's name out of your mouth for the rest of your life."

Lisa Simone Kelly would later defend Saldana clarifying that it was unfortunate that Zoe Saldana was being attacked so viciously when she is someone who is part of a larger picture," Simone Kelly told Time Magazine. "It's clear she brought her best to this project, but unfortunately she's being attacked when she's not responsible for any of the writing or the lies."

Simone Kelly clarified that the harsh tweet aimed at Saldana from the official and verified Nina Simone Twitter account came not from the Simone estate but a family friend who was hired to run the singer's social media. See more »

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30 April 2016 | by Hellmouth_KidSee all my reviews

All the people who hate on the film are just sheep. They follow other people's opinions and criticism and are completely contradictory to what NIna Simone stands for. If she were alive she would kick your ass for being stupid. The film may not be perfect but the tone of it makes my heart warmer. Adding wonderful music to that and the score you have a wonderful musical combination, 'cause that's what this film was supposed to be about. So go on, hate, that's all you can do.

As far as Zoe is concerned, she is one of the most underrated actresses of our generation so it was easy for her to relate to the whole situation. She did her best knowing she would get attacked randomly for being creative and wanting to portrait a complex woman on so many level. I say thumbs up to Ms Seldana for delivering and presenting a yet another wonderful performance in her career.


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