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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.

Director:

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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Reg E. Cathey who plays Zachariyya, also portrayed a character in The Wire, which took place in Baltimore, Maryland, same as this movie. HBO also produced The Wire. See more »

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

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Funky Drum Song
Written by Jonathan Caplan
Performed by Neutron Bomb
Courtesy of Jonathan Caplan
By arrangement with Neutron Bomb
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Interesting topic - but too much Oprah
9 July 2017 | by phd_travelSee all my reviews

I watched this show for the smiling and lovely Rose Byrne. Plus the subject is interesting. Unfortunately the focus is a bit off. More needed to be shown on the effects and use of her cells on medical science apart from a brief blast at the beginning. The focus of this movie was on the writer's difficulties with the children of Henrietta Lacks and their various mental and emotional problems. It seemed more like a showcase for Oprah to show her acting skills which are pretty good.

It's like half a good movie missing the main part.


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