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Bolden (2019)

R | | Drama | 3 May 2019 (USA)
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A mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the first Cornet King of New Orleans.

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Dan Pritzker

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Dan Pritzker (screenplay), Dan Pritzker (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Carr ... Buddy Bolden
Erik LaRay Harvey ... Bartley
Ian McShane ... Judge Perry
Michael Rooker ... Pat McMurphy
Yaya DaCosta ... Nora Bolden
Reno Wilson ... Louis Armstrong
Robert Ri'chard ... George Baquet
Karimah Westbrook ... Alice Bolden
JoNell Kennedy ... Ida Bass
Kearia Schroeder ... Grace
Serena Reeder ... Mavis
Krystal Farris ... Belladonna
Christina Marie Karis ... Bernadette
Terri Abney ... Judith
Breon Pugh ... Willie Warner
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A mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the first Cornet King of New Orleans.

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Where the Music Began

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and graphic nudity, brutal violence, language and drug use
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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King Bolden See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Bartley: You got to put your music in the man's machine, motherfucker.
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All the potential with no substance.
8 May 2019 | by tonyulesichSee all my reviews

I want to start by stating that the music by Wynton Marsalis is really well researched and played. The costumes were also very well crafted, and true to the period. The acting was suitable, even though the actors said next to nothing.

In one of the opening scenes, the audience sees Buddy get thrown out of a hot air balloon, and parachute to the ground while playing his cornet to a cheering audience. I thought, wow this is going to be a creative and fun take on his life. Yeah, I was wrong. That was the best thing in the whole movie.

As far as the story, it goes in a couple of different directions. Time jumps around from Buddy's life as a child, as a budding talent, and his final years in a turn of the century institution. The story is shown in Buddy Bolden's disordered flashbacks of his life.

Buddy Bolden's character is an enigma, and the supporting characters are underdeveloped. It's like shaking your keys at a baby to keep them from crying. The writer was hoping the audience is so distracted by all the nudity and violence, they won't care that there isn't a story

There were lots of interesting settings, but nothing happens. Any detail about Bolden's relationships with his many partners are just lust filled scenes of lust. I thought for a second that this thing should be on skin-a-max, probably will be.

The movie was a long time in the making, a total of eleven years. Multiple reshoots, and at one point got an entirely new cast.

All and all, they spent a lot of money on a dud.


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