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Lackawanna Blues (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | TV Movie 12 February 2005
In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.

Director:

George C. Wolfe

Writers:

Ruben Santiago-Hudson (play), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Rachel "Nanny" Crosby
Marcus Carl Franklin ... Ruben Santiago Jr. (as Marcus Franklin)
Yasiin Bey ... The Bandleader (as Mos Def)
Carmen Ejogo ... Alean
Bill Simms Jr. Bill Simms Jr. ... Himself
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Ol'lem Taylor
Macy Gray ... Pauline
Terrence Howard ... Bill Crosby (as Terrance Dashon Howard)
Ernie Hudson ... Dick Barrymore
Delroy Lindo ... Mr. Lucious
Rosie Perez ... Bertha
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Freddie Cobbs
Liev Schreiber ... Ulysses Ford
Jimmy Smits ... Ruben Santiago Sr.
Patricia Wettig ... Laura's Mother
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Storyline

In the 1950s and 1960s, Ruben Santiago-Hudson Jr. lives in a lively boardinghouse in the blue-collar town of Lackawanna, New York, with his father after his parents separate. Run by the motherly Nanny Crosby and her taciturn husband, the boardinghouse residents, including The Bandleader, singer Pauline and cabaret owner Dick Barrymore, teach the young boy about life and art. Written by Jwelch5742

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Taglines:

Play it. Sing it. Shout it. Feel it.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

HBO [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lackawanna Blues See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on the autobiographical one-man show by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. See more »

Goofs

During the club scenes during the 1950s, there are a number of 45 rpm singles hanging on the walls. One is a Columbia Records single with the 1970s design and logo. See more »

Quotes

Rachel "Nanny" Crosby: Luck is you gettin' outta Georgia alive.
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Connections

Featured in 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Caldonia
Composed by Fleecie Moore
Performed by Yasiin Bey
Produced by Bruce Robb & Evyen Klean
Recorded, Arranged, Engineered & Mixed by Bruce Robb at Cherokee Studios
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What I loved about Lackawanna Blues
27 May 2005 | by vwilburSee all my reviews

I watch Lackawanna Blues every time it comes on. It brings back happy times for me. I grow up in a big city in the mid-west. It reminds me of when I was a child although my situation was a little different it feels the same. It makes me wonder if all we will ever know about families are lost. The big mama's of day are under the age of 55. Will they see know what it takes to be a inspiration to other. I hope that I was not the only one who loved this movie enough to relate it to their past. The music was great in this movie. I truly felt like this should have gone to the theaters I would have paid to see it. As I viewed the movie for the second time I figured out who life this movie was about. He did an superb job in writing and producing this film. I guess who better to produce a film based on your life other than you. As soon as I can I will be obtaining a copy for my home use. I alway enjoy black producer or directors they make such film feel like you were actually living in the time right than. Thanks for such a great movie.


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