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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 ... 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 Jaedon Godley ... Davon
Rocky Carroll ... Sonny Lacks
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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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Features Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) See more »

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Lute Suite in E Minor, BWV 996 (arr. for guitar): II. Allemande
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Martha Masters
Courtesy of Naxos
BY arrangement with Source/Q
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Disappointing
30 April 2017 | by Lesnord1023See all my reviews

The book is fascinating - educates about science, and develops respect for the family and their mother's legacy. it prompts discussions about the ethical issue of the cells. The move, on the other hand, is a family drama with the cells as a prop. Makes the family look crazy - not the point of the book at all. Characters seem stereotypical, poor, uneducated. If you liked the book, the movie is sure to disappoint. The best part of the movie is the credits in the begnining - edgy, informative quickly telling the history of the cells.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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