Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)

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Releases December 18, 2020
Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable "Mother of the Blues". Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play.

Director:

George C. Wolfe

Writers:

Ruben Santiago-Hudson (screenplay by), August Wilson (based on the play by)
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Status: Completed | See complete list of  »
Updated: 26 August 2019
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Credited cast, sorted by IMDb STARmeter:
Chadwick Boseman ... Levee
Viola Davis ... Ma Rainey
Glynn Turman ... Toledo
Colman Domingo ... Cutler
Taylour Paige ... Dussie Mae
Jonny Coyne ... Sturdyvant
Michael Potts ... Slow Drag
Jeremy Shamos ... Irvin
Joshua Harto ... Policeman
Dusan Brown ... Sylvester
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Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary "Mother of the Blues," Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio's claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) - who has an eye for Ma's girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry - spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives. Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play, MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society's prejudices dictate their worth. Directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted for the screen by Ruben ... Written by Netflix

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violence | See all certifications »
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This is the last film performance of Chadwick Boseman, who passed away on August 28, 2020, due to a 4-year battle of colon cancer. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 2020 (USA) See more »

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