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Louis (2010)

R | | Drama | 25 August 2010 (USA)
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A silent film about Louis Armstrong as a young boy and how he acquired his first cornet.


Dan Pritzker
2 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Anthony Coleman ... Young Louis Armstrong
Vilmos Zsigmond ... Hungarian Photographer
Jackie Earle Haley ... Judge Perry
Shanti Lowry ... Grace
Anthony Mackie ... Buddy Bolden
Michael Rooker ... Pat McMurphy
Steven Martini ... Alex Karnofsky
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Acosta ... Muse
Quinn Bass Quinn Bass ... Dancer
Jenique Bennett ... Mahagany Hall Prostitute
Jonathan Biggs Jonathan Biggs ... Cowboy
Terry Bowden ... The Grocer
Bree Branker Bree Branker ... Dancer
John Byrne John Byrne ... Principal Dancer
Joe Chrest ... Tom Anderson


A silent film about Louis Armstrong as a young boy and how he acquired his first cornet.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content/nudity


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Release Date:

25 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Observer See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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King Bolden See more »
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Reviews from Chicago premiere
26 August 2010 | by dowell1227See all my reviews

Jane Teague said on August 24, 2010 @ 4:41 am

One night in Chicago is simply not enough. What a disappointment to miss this. Please show it again or offer it in DVD.

Doug said on August 24, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

You simply MUST bring this home to New Orleans!!!

Maceo Leon Thomas said on August 25, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

Louis Daniel Armstrong is Jazz! He is the epitome of greatness in every single facet of jazz: as a cornetist, trumpet player, singer,…composer!

But, just as important, "Pops" was an exemplary person, a genuine, beautiful human being!

It is my hope, that people everywhere, who do not know about this great man, will take the time to read about him and teach their children about him too.

In closing, I agree, this movie should be shown in New Orleans, LA…everywhere! Here's hoping that it is a great success and its promoters heed our sentiment.

Tom said on August 25, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

I just got back from the premiere Chicago "Louis" movie event at the Chicago Symphony Center, and I have to say that this was probably one the most engaging Film experiences that I have had in some years. It was great to see a story told through, "Pure Cinema". Great montage sequences and use of varied film rate speeds, old school techniques and modern techniques. And hearing it with a live Jazz Ensemble featuring Wynton Marsalis and Cecile Licad on piano. AMAZING. I don't know the procedure to get nominated for academy awards, but I definitely feel that this film should be up for best soundtrack and best cinematography. This really needs a bigger tour with encore performances cause it is a one of a kind Film Experience that is nothing short of brilliant in it's vision and execution. A Film Lovers Dream Project and a Jazz lovers delight. BRAVO to all the Artists concerned.

Violet said on August 25, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

I agree with Tom above. Just returned from the Chicago showing and thought it was fabulous. I've never been to a silent film and I've never seen Wynton live before. This was an incredible experience. I highly recommend it!

Jim said on August 26, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

My wife and I met the delightful young man, Anthony Coleman who portrays Louis while on business in Wilmington, NC. He is a true talent and an upstanding person. We would love it if this film was brought to the Pittsburgh and/or Cleveland areas. Can't wait to see it and Bolden! someday soon. Best of luck, Anthony!

Annie said on August 26, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

Please extend the tour, release a DVD, SOMETHING, BOTH! Don't deprive the rest of us!

milo barrera said on August 26, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

Saw Louis last night. "Wow!!"

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