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.

Director:

Lee Daniels

Writers:

Suzan-Lori Parks (screenplay by), Johann Hari (based on the book "Chasing the Scream" by)
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Garrett Hedlund (as Harry J. Anslinger) and Rob Morgan (as Louis McKay) appeared together in Mudbound (2017). 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: [from trailer] Be careful with this feeling. This love right here, baby, it won't love you back. I promise.
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Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Oscars Untamed (2021) See more »

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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Strong, Beautiful and Black
26 February 2021 | by atractiveeyesSee all my reviews

This is a beautiful biography about an iconic singer and a great powerful human. In addition to the beautiful but sad true story, the movie tackles many important topics. Andra Day gives a great superb performance. Cinematography is nice with many beautiful frames. The United States vs. Billie Holiday is nice and heavy but sometimes it feels missing and sometimes feels a bit chaotic with respect to some characters and events. It's flawed but it's still so beautiful.


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Country:

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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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,658
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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