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Black Nativity (2013)

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A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.



(based on the play by), (written for the screen by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Reverend Cornell Cobbs
... Aretha Cobbs
... Naima
... Loot / Tyson
... Langston
... Angel
... Street Prophet (Isaiah) (as Nasir Jones)
... Pawnbroker (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
... Jo-Jo / Joseph
Grace Gibson ... Maria / Mary
... Officer Butch McDaniels
... Kyle
... Snoopy (as H. Hunter Hall)
... Innkeeper
... Chic Man


In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs' rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family. Written by Fox Searchlight

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Drama | Family | Music | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, language and a menacing situation. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 November 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Nativity - Um Espectáculo de Natal  »

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Box Office


$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,669,530, 1 December 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,017,178, 10 January 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Not a bad film, expect no wow.
17 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

A youngster is forced to spend Christmas with the grandparents he hardly knows with whom his mum had a massive fallout.

This particular youngster, is forced to grow prematurely and is not keen on leaving his mum when she is on the verge of homelessness. Upon arrival he is bewildered by the comfort in which his grandparents live, yet do not seem to help out his mother who is clearly in distress.

Between trying to figure things out, keen to help his mum even if it means stealing as well as adapting to life with grandparents, can brokenness be restored and will the Christmas spirit transcend human intentions?

Whilst it has plenty of emotion to convey, the musical aspect of it was not appreciated as well as the pander on stereotypes. Still, it suffices for a decent time on the big screen.

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