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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

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An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.

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George C. Wolfe

Writers:

Rebecca Skloot (based on the book written by), Peter Landesman (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Elise Goldsberry ... Henrietta Lacks
Sylvia Grace Crim ... Mary Kubick
Reed Birney ... Dr. George Gey
Karen Wheeling Reynolds Karen Wheeling Reynolds ... Mrs. Margaret Gey (as Karen Reynolds)
John C. Vennema ... Board Administrator
Chasiti Ferrell Chasiti Ferrell ... Baby Deborah
Chelsea Ferrell Chelsea Ferrell ... Baby Deborah
Rose Byrne ... Rebecca Skloot
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Dr. Roland Pattillo
Oprah Winfrey ... Deborah Lacks
Jaedon Godley ... Davon
Rocky Carroll ... Sonny Lacks
John Douglas Thompson John Douglas Thompson ... Lawrence Lacks
Roger Robinson ... Day Lacks
Adriane Lenox ... Barbara Lacks
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An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.

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TV-MA

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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The real life Rebecca Skloot makes a cameo in the film as the nurse that, in 1950, goes and gets Henrietta from the waiting room and takes her back to her first appointment. See more »

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Featured in 75th Golden Globe Awards (2018) See more »

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Canyon Chase from 'Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron'
(Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002))
Written and Performed by Hans Zimmer
Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation LLC
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I had high expectations but was so disappointed
26 April 2017 | by tsmithjrSee all my reviews

I had high expectations for this movie but was so disappointed with the "Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks". I expected a movie more in the vein of "And The Band Played On" (HBO 1993).

Henrietta Lacks deserved a much stronger depiction of her story. The injustices she received were wrong. Period. Instead, the movie focused more on her descendant family while only fleetingly brushing the injustices she received into the movie.

The folks who wrote and directed the movie should be embarrassed. They had a great opportunity but failed to deliver.


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