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 ...
Everything Comes Out in the Blues.
Did You Know?
The setting is Chicago; it's the only play in August Wilson's "Century Cycle" that doesn't take place in his home town of Pittsburgh (though it was largely filmed there). See more
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. A one. A two. A you-know-what-to-do.
During the first part of the credits, actual photographs of the real Ma Rainey
and the musicians who inspired the characters in the play are shown. See more
Those Dogs of Mine
Written by Ma Rainey
(as Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey)
Produced and Arranged by Branford Marsalis See more