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The United States vs. Billie Holiday ()


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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 has a tumultuous affair.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 24 nominations.
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Billie Holiday
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Reginald Lord Devine
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Miss Freddy (as Lawrence Washington)
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Tallulah Bankhead
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Jimmy Fletcher
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Joe Glaser
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James Monroe
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Roslyn
Koumba Ball ...
Lucille
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Working Class Woman
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Working Class Man
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Mrs. Fletcher
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Velva
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Lester Young
Warren 'Slim' Williams ...
Bobby Tucker (as Slim Williams)
Orville Thompson ...
Auditioning Sax Player
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Harry Anslinger
Jeff Corbett ...
Congressman JP Thomas
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Roy Cohn
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Congressman J. Rankin
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Senator J. McCarthy
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Joe Guy
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Louis Armstrong
Jono Townsend ...
Guitar Player
Morgan Moore ...
Bass Player
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Carl the Drummer
Arlen John Bonnar ...
Priest
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Elevator Attendant
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Agent Carter
Andrew Zadel ...
Agent McDermott
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Mr. Jordon Green
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Bailiff #1
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Judge Ganey
Amanda Strawn ...
Gloria
Charleine Charles ...
Shirley
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Agent Williams
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Stink-Eye Inmate
Daphné Archer ...
Jail Dishwasher
Anita Lee ...
Fighting Couple
Tony Chao ...
Fighting Couple
Linda Sauvé ...
Receptionist (as Linda Sauve)
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Ed Fishman (as Al Goulem)
Ramona Clyke ...
Miss Mona
Laurent Beaudin ...
Ed Fishman's Assistant
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Martha Anslinger
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Lady in Audience
Diana Carmen Ratycz ...
Carnegie Fan
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John Levy
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Uptown Restaurant Maître d'
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Louis McKay
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Defense Lawyer Erlich
Marc Essertaize ...
Bailiff #2
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Courthouse Reporter
Len Blavatnik ...
Club Owner
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Drug Dealer (as Christopher Price)
Taryn Brown ...
Billie (10 Years Old)
Zuri Hawkins ...
Little Girl in Brothel
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Prostitute 1923
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Sadie
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Husband
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Hanging Woman
Elikya Tupula ...
Young Daughter
Nefertari Zanyah Brewster-Griffith ...
Older Daughter
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George Jessel
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Jimmy's Girlfriend (as Ronda Louise-Jeune)
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Producer
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Nurse
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Maitre D (uncredited)
L. Fernando Becerra Sánchez ...
Jury in Trial (uncredited)
Eric Clark ...
New York Police (uncredited)
Emma Edger ...
Female Fan #1 (uncredited)
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Congressman Andrew Jacobs (uncredited)
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Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
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Salesman (uncredited)
Picardy Jean-Pierre ...
Cock Fighter (uncredited)
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Drunk White Guy (uncredited)
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Eleanora (uncredited)
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Prison Guard (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Liana Lewis ...
Burlesque Dancer (uncredited)
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Hooker (uncredited)
Alain Marier ...
Bailiff (uncredited)
Franklin McCay ...
Senator (uncredited)
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Saxophonist (uncredited)
Olivier Orston ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Public Defender (uncredited)
Caglar Yilmaz ...
Fan (uncredited)

Directed by

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Lee Daniels ... (directed by)

Written by

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

Produced by

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Jeremy Allen ... executive producer
Mark Bomback ... executive producer
Jaime Burke ... line producer: additional photography
Marie Cisco ... co-producer
H.H. Cooper ... co-producer
Lee Daniels ... producer (produced by) (p.g.a.)
Cassian Elwes ... executive producer
Jahil Fisher ... co-producer
Jordan Fudge ... producer
Jeremy Green ... associate producer
Johann Hari ... executive producer
Amy S. Kim ... line producer: additional photography (as Amy Kim)
Jeff Kirschenbaum ... producer
Patty Long ... executive producer / line producer: additional photography
Wellington Love ... co-producer
Jake Meyers ... associate producer
Joe Roth ... producer
Simone Sheffield ... co-executive producer
Hilary Shor ... executive producer
Dennis Stratton ... executive producer
Tucker Tooley ... producer (produced by) (p.g.a.)
Tom Westfall ... associate producer
Pamela Oas Williams ... producer (produced by) (p.g.a.)

Music by

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Kris Bowers ... (music by)

Cinematography by

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Andrew Dunn ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jay Rabinowitz ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Moises Cruz ... digital intermediate producer
Kyle Falcon ... first assistant editor
Megan Kaiser ... digital intermediate accountant: Company 3
Joe Leonard ... additional editor
Nick Nassif ... color assist: Company 3
Andrew Saulf ... additional editor
Chad Schermerhorn ... finishing editor
Stefan Sonnenfeld ... CO3 president
Tim Stipan ... digital intermediate colorist
Daniel Tantalean ... post-production assistant
Gloria Tello ... assistant editor
Mallory Trice ... post-production coordinator
Ejon Williamson ... post-production assistant
Douglas Yablun ... color assistant (uncredited)

Casting By

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Leah Daniels Butler
Billy Hopkins
Ashley Ingram
Kevin Scott

Production Design by

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Daniel T. Dorrance

Art Direction by

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Vincent Aird
Carolyne de Bellefeuille
Félix Larivière-Charron ... supervising art director
Léa-Valérie Létourneau ... assistant art director

Set Decoration by

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Geneviève Boivin
Elise de Blois ... (set decoration)
Pascale Deschênes ... decorator

Costume Design by

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Paolo Nieddu

Makeup Department

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Caroline Aquin ... special makeup effects artist
Paula Ashby ... additional hair stylist: additional photography
Jerry Asiedu Pipim ... assistant hairdresser
Marianne Bobet ... assistant makeup artist
Geneviève Bonneau ... assistant makeup artist (as Genevieve Bonneau)
Kevin Carter ... contact lens painter
Debra Denson ... makeup artist: still photography unit
Nathalie Dion ... assistant hairdresser
André Duval ... assistant hairdresser (as Andre Duval)
Melissa Fafard ... assistant makeup department head
Carla Farmer ... hair department head: additional photography
Nathalie Garon ... assistant hairdresser
Christina Gonzalez ... lens tech: additional photography
T.A. Henderson ... hairdresser
Xiao Yun Hu ... assistant makeup artist (as Sherry Hu)
Terry Hunt ... hair department head: additional photography / hair stylist: still photography unit
Mario Huot ... hairdresser: background
Manon Joly ... assistant hairdresser
Bob Kretschmer ... wig maker
Lizane La Salle ... assistant makeup artist (as Lizane LaSalle)
Martin Lapointe ... assistant hairdresser
Catherine Lavoie ... makeup artist
Sophie Lebeau ... assistant makeup artist
Francoise Lortie ... assistant hairdresser
Camiel McLean ... assistant makeup artist
Marie-Eve Menard ... assistant hairdresser
Stacie Merriman ... hairdresser: Ms. Day
Adrien Morot ... special effects makeup department head
Janie Otis ... assistant hairdresser
Chanelle Ouellette ... assistant makeup artist
Ronald J. Rolfe ... assistant hair department head (as Ron Rolfe)
Charles Gregory Ross ... hair department head / wig designer
Pascale Royer ... assistant hairdresser
Sandra Ruel ... assistant makeup artist
Mandi Ann Ruiz ... additional makeup artist: additional photography (as Mandi Crane-Ruiz)
Liliane Saad ... hairdresser
Mario Saint-Louis ... assistant hairdresser
Carly Paige Salzman ... makeup artist
Shane Shisheboran ... special makeup effects artist
Gladys Simard ... assistant hairdresser
Rocco Stallone ... assistant hairdresser
Joanetta Stowers ... makeup department head: additional photography
Lindsay Thomas ... assistant makeup artist
Laini Thompson ... makeup department head / makeup department head: additional photography
Sarah Tremblay ... assistant hairdresser
Nathalie Trépanier ... key makeup artist: background
Kathy Tse ... key special effects makeup artist
Tracy Vancol ... assistant makeup artist
Vague Vartanian ... special makeup effects artist

Production Management

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Diego Alex Borghello ... servicing manager: localization
Michelle Fowler ... post-production supervisor
Eric M. Klein ... servicing coordinator: localization
George Parra ... production manager
Helene Ross ... production manager
Hélène Ross ... production manager
Brigitte St-Onge ... unit manager
Lon Takiguchi ... unit production manager: additional photography
Benoit Thériault ... Assistant Unit Manager
Alexis Wiscomb ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Vincent Belisle-Ducharme ... additional third assistant director
H.H. Cooper ... first assistant director
Lisa Diallo ... basecamp 3rd assisant director
Harris Ellison ... key third assistant director
Fanny Hudon ... Key 2nd Assistant Director
Jonathan Jean-Pierre ... basecamp third assistant director
Christina Lee ... second second assistant director: additional photography
Kevin Lum ... second assistant director: additional photography
Latifah Naouri ... assistant director: additionnal
Shanna Roberts-Salée ... assistant director
Ayesha Sheikh ... third assistant director
Tanya van Blokland ... third assistant director
Pete Waterman ... second assistant director: additional photography

Art Department

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Vincent Brabant ... key props on-set
Cecile Braemer ... Art Department Coordinator
Sarah Rose Buchanan ... On Set Props
Louis Cyr ... assistant on set dresser
Elise de Blois ... Set decorator
Luc De Schutter ... onset painter
Tyler Gibb ... storyboard artist
Alain Giguère ... Key Scenic Painter
Michel R. Lambert ... assistant art director
Simone Leclerc ... property master
Oleksandra Lykova ... draftsperson
Jean-François Merlot ... Scenic painter
Marzia Pellissier ... assistant set decorator
Olivier Proulx ... assistant property master
Joakim Rivest-Girard ... set dresser
Nicholas Sabio ... set painter
Eduardo Santibanez ... set dresser
Carly Sertic ... graphic designer: additional photography
Alana Shea ... Set Dec Buyer: additional photography
Tristan Stevens ... art department runner
Simon Theberge ... set designer
Charles-Olivier Tremblay ... assistant art department coordinator

Sound Department

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Josh Berger ... re-recording mixer
Peter S. Carlstedt ... adr mixer
Olivier Chane ... Re-recording mixer VF
Ian Cymore ... dialogue editor
Dennis Dembeck ... assistant sound editor / mix assistant
Robert Hein ... Re-Recording Mixer: Supervising Sound Editor
Ruth Hernandez ... adr editor
Matt Hovland ... adr mixer
Joy Jacobson ... sound producer: Harbor Picture Company
Kenton Jakub ... adr editor
Bobby Johanson ... ADR Mixer
Heikki Kossi ... foley artist
Claude La Haye ... production sound mixer
Shacora Mitchell ... adr mixer
Steve Morantz ... production sound mixer: additional photography
Chris Navarro ... adr mixer
Egor Panchenko ... pro tools playback mixer
Francis Péloquin ... boom operator
Andrew Rice ... adr mixer
Thomas Sédillot ... sound assistant
Anne Tolkkinen ... foley editor
Dave Wilson ... adr mixer: Atlanta

Special Effects by

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Guillaume Murray ... special effects supervisor
Ismael Tremblay-Desgagnes ... senior special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Mathieu Arseneault ... Visual Effects Lead Systems Engineer: Alchemy 24
Romain Bayle ... Additional Digital Matte Painting Artist
Simon Beaupré ... Visual Effects Artist: Alchemy 24
Didier Bertrand ... Visual Effects Artist: Alchemy 24
Christian Champagne ... VFX IT Technician: Alchemy 24
Sébastien Chartier ... Visual Effects Artist: Alchemy 24
Eric Clement ... CG Supervisor: Alchemy 24
Marie-Océane Courtois ... Visual Effects Artist: Alchemy 24
Camille Dao ... Visual Effects Artist: Alchemy 24
Maxime Desforges ... Visual Effects Editor: Alchemy 24
Valérie Dugas ... Visual Effects Artist: Alchemy 24
Jean-François Ferland ... Executive visual effects supervisor: Alchemy 24 / vfx set supervisor: Alchemy 24
Jessica Francoeur-Ducharme ... Visual Effects Artist: Alchemy 24
Bryan Hsu ... Visual Effects Artist: Alchemy 24
Siugi Aurélie Kuoch ... VFX Accountant: Alchemy 24 (as Aurélie Kuoch)
Alain Lachance ... Visual Effects Supervisor: Alchemy 24
Marie-Claude Lafontaine ... visual effects producer: Alchemy 24
Jonathan Lancelot ... Visual Effects Editor: Alchemy 24
Philippe Langlois ... Digital Matte Painter: Alchemy 24
Maxime Lapointe ... Visual Effects Artist: Alchemy 24
Loic Laurelut ... Compositing Supervisor: Alchemy 24
Stephane Mailet ... Tracking and Layout Artist: Alchemy 24
Amelie Marcoux ... VFX Resources Coordinator: Alchemy 24
Mélissa Massé ... Visual Effects Coordinator: Alchemy 24
Pierre-David Myles ... Visual Effects Artist: Alchemy 24
Catherine Nadeau ... VFX Human Resources: Alchemy 24
Andris Pakalns ... Visual Effects Artist: Alchemy 24
Olivier Péloquin ... Pipeline TD: Alchemy 24
Charles Richer ... Visual Effects Artist: Alchemy 24
Jean-Pierre Riverin ... digital artist
Marc A. Rousseau ... executive visual effects producer: Alchemy 24
Dan Schrecker ... visual effects producer
Cathy Shaw ... visual effects artist
Doug Spilatro ... visual effects artist
Frederic St-Arnaud ... Additional Digital Matte Painting Artist
Daniel Triller ... visual effects editor
Raphael Valle ... Visual Effects Artist: Alchemy 24
David Owen ... modeler: A24 (uncredited)

Stunts

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Rodney Alexandre ... stunt coordinator / stunt double: Trevante Rhodes
Penande Estime ... stunt performer
Tyler Hall ... stunt coordinator
Chelsea Jackson ... stunt double: Andra Day
Stéphane Lefebvre ... additional stunt coordinator
Branko Racki ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eric Aubin ... second assistant camera: "B" camera
Russell Ayer ... Chief Lighting Technician: additional photography
Mike Bachman ... video playback technician: additional photography
David Bartholomew ... Asst. Chief Lighting Technician: additional photography
Martin Boiteau ... grip
Philippe Bossé ... art department still photographer
Christian Caperaa ... additional loader
Charles Castonguay ... video-assist technician
Simon Desrochers-Laplante ... video coordinator
David Dinel ... key grip
Sylvaine Dufaux ... additional camera operator
Andrew Dunn ... A Camera Operator
Eames Gagnon ... gaffer
Dan Goyens ... best boy lighting
Bob E. Krattiger ... gaffer: additional photography
Joe Lara ... grip: additional photography
Isabelle Lauzon ... Loader
Brad MacLean ... crane operator
Yoann Malnati ... b camera/steadicam operator
Nicolas Marion ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Franklin Melendez ... Lighting Console Programmer: Reshoots
Emilie Paquet ... lighting technician
Dominic Prevost ... Grip Coordinator
Dany Racine ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Roberto Schaefer ... additional cinematography
Takashi Seida ... still photographer
Danny Stephens ... key grip: additional photography
Marc-Antoine Theriault-Daunais ... lighting board operator
Guillaume Vidal ... rigging grip
David Villeneuve ... lighting technician

Casting Department

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Leah Bostic ... casting associate
Julie Breton ... extras casting
Tiffany Caprine ... extras casting: additional photography
Gabriella Cruz ... extras casting: Additional Photography
Michael D'Amato ... casting associate
Girly Daniels ... casting associate (as Lydia Rooks)
Andrea Kenyon ... location casting
Georgia Simon ... adr voice casting
Randi Wells ... Canadian Casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mohamed Al Naimi ... extras dresser
Anne-Laure Berger ... costume buyer
Mariane Carter ... wardrobe master
Audrey Eisner ... costumer
Danielle Fagen ... wardrobe assistant
Alexander Gaipo ... wardrobe technician
Sara Eva Gonzalez ... costume assistant
Lynda Goode ... seamstress
Solène Guillaume ... wardrobe technician
Monika Herédi ... key wardrobe mistress
A.M.E. Hutchison ... costumer
Katina Kordonouris ... costumer
Thomas Langlois-Lacoste ... wardrobe technician
Perle Lefebvre ... dresser: Ms. Day
Katrina Marie Lukaitis ... wardrobe coordinator
Barbara Marko ... key costumer
Sig Moser ... costumer
Rob Saduski ... costumer
Isabelle Savard ... Key dresser background
Kristi Stark ... set costumer: additional photography
Susana Vera ... costume cutter
Pat Welch ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Diane Friedman ... location manager
Catherine Hogue ... assistant location manager
Brigitte Lévesque ... key assistant location manager
Benoît Mathieu ... location manager
Jill Naumann ... key assistant location manager
Brigitte Renaud ... assistant location manager
Peo Rousseau ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Sean Barrett ... assistant orchestrator
Jonathan Beard ... orchestrator
P.J. Bloom ... Executive Soundtrack Producer
Kris Bowers ... musician: piano
Claire Brazeau ... Oboe
Jordan Cox ... music preparation
Drey Demo ... music coach
Jim Doxas ... music coach
Lynn Fainchtein ... music supervisor
Jeff Gartenbaum ... recording engineer
Amanda Ghost ... executive music producer: Unigram
Amanda Goodpaster ... music editor
Benjamin Hoff ... assistant orchestrator
Stephen Kaye ... Score Mixer
Phil Levine ... recording engineer
Tracy Lynch-Sanchez ... music clearances
Fabrizio Mancinelli ... Conductor
Jen Monnar ... supervising music editor
Salaam Remi ... executive music producer
Erin Michael Rettig ... scoring stage engineer
David James Rosen ... composer
Dan Rosenboom ... music coach
Peter Rotter ... music contractor / music coordinator
Jacob Shrum ... assistant orchestrator
Scott Michael Smith ... recording engineer
Stefan L. Smith ... musician: viola
Jamie Thierman ... assistant orchestrator
Edward Trybek ... orchestrator
Henri Wilkinson ... orchestrator

Script and Continuity Department

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Liliana M. Molina ... additional script supervisor
Elizabeth Tremblay ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Marc Arsenault ... driver: Andra Day
Denis Chamberland ... driver
Pierre Olivier Chénard ... transportation coordinator
Sandro Di Gioacchino ... Cast Driver
David Dufresne ... driver: 5 Stars
Philippe Gilbert ... transportation captain
Bernard Guay ... driver
Réal Hamel ... picture car coordinator
Victor Lafond ... personal driver
Julien Latendresse ... driver
Tasso Mathiopoulos ... driver
Simon Paquin ... transportation co-captain
Eric Paré ... driver
Martin Patrice ... transportation co-captain
Martin Pilote ... driver
Gerry Prévost ... driver
Michel Robert ... Base camp Operator

Additional Crew

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Kimberly Bailey ... additional voices
Maggie Baird ... additional voices
Cassandra Barbour ... rights and clearances
Paul Bergmann ... Assistant to Mr. Daniels
Valerie Caron ... back up set production assistant
Jayme Carr ... asst to j. roth
Cesar Castillo ... LA Office Coordinator
Corentin Chaudet ... production assistant
June Christopher ... additional voices
Ben Clune ... assistant to producers
Marie-Christine Cormier ... swing production assistant
John-sebastien Cote ... Armorer
Nicky Craft ... Payroll Accountant: additional photography
Adam Davis ... assistant to producers
Puelo Deir ... unit publicist
Stephanie Del Toro ... Post Assistant Accountant
Patricia Ferris ... production secretary
Claude Forest ... insurance broker
Lucinda Fortin ... craft assistant
Donald Fullilove ... additional voices (as Don Fullilove)
Gregoire Gensollen ... COO For Tucker Tooley Entertainment
Jean-Francois Hall ... figurant / swing production assistant
Justin S. Hong ... office production assistant: Los Angeles
Sarah Iorio ... production assistant
Thom Jones ... dialect coach
Kallie Jung ... production assistant: additional photography
Siyu Karneboge ... production assistant
Nutan Khanna ... Clearance Coordinator/Researcher
Michael Khouri ... production accountant: U.S. Unit
Maxime Lamothe ... production assistant
Joseph A. Lemble ... Covid-19 Compliance Officer
Mario Locurcio ... italian publicist
Ian Malcolm ... assistant to producers
Terence Mathews ... additional voices
Jonathan Meunier ... set p.a.
David Michie ... additional voices
Richard Miro ... additional voices
Andrew Morgado ... additional voices
Eboni Nichols ... choreographer
Devika Parikh ... additional voices
Jessica Pennington ... adr loop group
Ben Poppleton ... assistant: Ms. Lyonne
Eva Quintero ... Assistant Production Coordinator
Michael Ralph ... additional voices
Deborah Ricketts ... archive researcher
Martin Roy ... truck production assistant
Michelle Ruff ... additional voices
Myriam Santos ... assistant: Ms. Day
Souleiman Saouli ... production assistant
Clay Savage ... additional voices
Stan Sellers ... additional voices
Georgia Simon ... additional voices
Jill Smith ... additional voices
Marcin J. Sobczak ... international publicity & pr
Skip Stellrecht ... additional voices
Shane Sweet ... additional voices
Jaquita Ta'le ... additional voices
Aurora Takiguchi ... production assistant
Chloé Thivierge ... production assistant
Andre Thomas ... assistant: Mr. Rhodes
Kathy Ann Thomas ... production coordinator
Eric Tiede ... additional voices
Charles Watson ... production assistant
Adrienne Williams ... assistant: Mr. Bell
Daniel Williams-Lopez ... assistant to producers (as Danny Williams)
Sarah Wong ... Assistant Craft Service
David Zyler ... additional voices (as Dave Zyler)
Robert Hackl ... completion guarantor (uncredited)
Warner Loughlin ... acting coach (uncredited)

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Charles Gregory Ross ... in loving memory of

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Storyline

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Taglines Her Voice Would Not Be Silenced See more »
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Also Known As
  • Billie (United States)
  • Die Jazzlegende Billie Holiday kämpft für die Freiheit (Switzerland, English title)
  • Billie Holiday, une affaire d'État (France)
  • Los Estados Unidos contra Billie Holiday (Spain)
  • Estados Unidos vs. Billie Holiday (Colombia)
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Runtime
  • 126 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The songwriter of "Strange Fruit", Abel Meeropol, and his wife, adopted and raised the sons of Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed for treason on June 19, 1953. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Tom Holland/Andra Day (2021). See more »
Soundtracks Prologue I & II 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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