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Sing Sing Thanksgiving (1974)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | April 1974 (USA)
B.B. King & Joan Baez and other great artists came to New York's Maximum Security Prison, Sing Sing, and gave one of the best shows of their lives. B.B. called it one of his greatest ... See full summary »

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T.C. Garcia
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joan Baez ... Herself - Performer
Thomas Beitard Thomas Beitard ... Himself - Inmate Poet
Andrew Butler Andrew Butler ... Himself - Master of Ceremonies (as Tito Butler)
J. Leland Casslles J. Leland Casslles ... Himself - Former Warden Sing Sing Prison
George Contretas George Contretas ... Himself - Inmate Drama Player (as George 'Che' Contretas)
Darrell Cusic Darrell Cusic ... Himself - Inmate Drama Player (as Darrell 'D.C.' Cusic)
Mimi Fariña Mimi Fariña ... Herself - Performer
B.B. King ... Himself - Performer
Edward Lopez Edward Lopez ... Himself - Inmate Drama Player (as Edward 'Dino' Lopez)
Francisco Pabon Francisco Pabon ... Himself - Inmate Drama Player (as Francisco 'Tony' Pabon)
Miguel Pinero Miguel Pinero ... Himself - Inmate Drama Player (as Miguel 'Miky' Pinero)
Hector Rosario Hector Rosario ... Himself - Inmate Drama Player (as Hector 'Don't Be So Mean' Rosario)
Jose Sanchez Jose Sanchez ... Himself - Inmate Drama Player (as Jose 'Cuba' Sanchez)
Richard Terrell Richard Terrell ... Himself - Inmate Drama Player (as Richard 'Tiny' Terrell)
Wilfredo Velez Wilfredo Velez ... Himself - Inmate Drama Player (as Wilfredo 'Speedy Willie' Velez)
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B.B. King & Joan Baez and other great artists came to New York's Maximum Security Prison, Sing Sing, and gave one of the best shows of their lives. B.B. called it one of his greatest performances. New York's Daily News called it one of the greatest moments in live entertainment.

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Documentary | Music

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

B.B. King and Joan Baez in concert at Sing Sing Prison, 1972 See more »

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| (TV premiere)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Soundtracks

Right On, Be Free
Written by Chuck Griffin
Performed by The Voices of East Harlem
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Interesting '70s document
5 February 2004 | by jagfxSee all my reviews

Half documentary and half concert film, "Sing Sing Thanksgiving" adequately balances the lives of the inmates of the prison with the feverish energy of the holiday concert. All the performers are up to the task and are filmed in their prime. The Voices Of East Harlem give a truly rousing performance including a stunning, moving version of "Young, Gifted & Black". B.B. King gives is equally fiery, with a show stopping version of "How Blue Can You Get". Somewhat out of place, though no less powerful, Joan Baez keeps the prison audience in rapt attention.

The concert is MCed by Jimmie Walker.

The film fails in it's attempt to balance the concert with the lives of the inmates. It's almost an afterthought and is subject matter best left for a subject all its own.


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