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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

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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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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Based on the book of the same name, by journalist Rebecca Skloot. She was allowed unprecedented access to the Lacks' family in order to write the book. See more »

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

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Performed by John Beasley
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Disappointing
12 June 2017 | by lsmith-87895See all my reviews

I was hoping for so much more. I have not read the book, so I don't know how well the film depicted the book. I just felt utterly confused at some scenes. The editing was disjointed and parts of the story seemed to be missing, jumping from one emotion or conversation to another with no explanation. I love Rose Byrne but her character was clearly just a sidekick and there was NO chemistry with Ms. O, I wonder if they even got along during filming?


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