Follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

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Lee Daniels

Writers:

Suzan-Lori Parks (screenplay by), Johann Hari (based on the book "Chasing the Scream" by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andra Day ... Billie Holiday
Leslie Jordan ... Reginald Lord Devine
Miss Lawrence ... Miss Freddy
Natasha Lyonne ... Tallulah Bankhead
Trevante Rhodes ... Jimmy Fletcher
Dusan Dukic ... Joe Glaser
Erik LaRay Harvey ... James Monroe
Da'Vine Joy Randolph ... Roslyn
Koumba Ball Koumba Ball ... Lucille
Kate MacLellan ... Working Class Woman
Kwasi Songui ... Working Class Man
Adriane Lenox ... Mrs. Fletcher
Letitia Brookes ... Velva
Tyler James Williams ... Lester Young
Warren 'Slim' Williams Warren 'Slim' Williams ... Bobby Tucker (as Slim Williams)

In Focus: Andra Day

Grammy nominee Andra Day picked up a Golden Globe Best Actress nomination for The United States vs. Billie Holiday. We take a look at her career on and off the stage.

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Follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

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Her Voice Would Not Be Silenced

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for strong drug content, sexual content, nudity, language throughout, some lynching images and violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film was shot in 44 days from October 2019 to December 2019. See more »

Goofs

At 36:33, an elderly couple of Chinese are speaking standard Mandarin in a restaurant presumably in Harlem. However, Mandarin speakers would have been extremely rare in New York or anywhere else beyond Northern China at that time and for several decades afterwards. Any Chinese in New York and the rest of the States and Europe would have been speaking Cantonese, Hokkien, or some other Southern Chinese dialect, with the exception of the wealthier Shanghainese, who had their own dialect until very recently. See more »

Quotes

Billie Holiday: You know, the people that are hardest on me are my own race. I need help; not jail time.
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Soundtracks

Tigress & Tweed
Written by Raphael Saadiq and Andra Day
Produced by Raphael Saadiq and Andra Day
Performed by Andra Day
Courtesy of Warner Records/Buskin Records
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27 February 2021 | by cydills-85158See all my reviews

This version is so much more like the way I pictured Lady Day. Miss Day did an excellent job. This was raw and much better then the sugar coated Motown version. I would have given it 10 stars but it seemed very disjointed in the beginning.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | German

Release Date:

26 February 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billie See more »

Filming Locations:

Montreal, Québec, Canada

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$6,658
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Dolby Digital

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2.39 : 1
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