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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.

Director:

Kasi Lemmons

Writers:

Langston Hughes (based on the play by), Kasi Lemmons (written for the screen by)
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Reverend Cornell Cobbs
Angela Bassett ... Aretha Cobbs
Jennifer Hudson ... Naima
Tyrese Gibson ... Loot / Tyson
Jacob Latimore ... Langston
Mary J. Blige ... Angel
Nas ... Street Prophet (Isaiah) (as Nasir Jones)
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Pawnbroker (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
Luke James ... Jo-Jo / Joseph
Grace Gibson Grace Gibson ... Maria / Mary
Rotimi ... Officer Butch McDaniels
J. Mallory McCree ... Kyle
Henry Hunter Hall ... Snoopy (as H. Hunter Hall)
Michael Dale ... Innkeeper
Doug Willen ... Chic Man
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Family | Music | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Nativity - Um Espectáculo de Natal See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film is one of the rare occasions when Forest Whitaker lends his tenor voice for a film. See more »


Soundtracks

He Loves Me Still
Written by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson and Darien Dorsey
Performed by Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson
Arranged by Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
Additional Vocal Production by Taura Stinson, Harvey Mason Jr. and Ms. Mone't Owens (as Monet Owens)
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Black Nativity Review

I think that this was well put together but it was not at all what i expected. A lot more singing and the story line could have been explored a bit more. It is sad when my wife who is not an avid movie goer is able to answer all the questions that should be discovered over the entirety of the movie.

Plus:

Great music and top notch singers and performers.Introduction to new artist coming on the scene.

Negative:

Movie never develops a rich story line in my opinion and some of the scenes were hard to follow.

overall:

Great movie for fellow music lovers it was like watching a long music video.


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