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Nina (2016)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 22 April 2016 (USA)
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The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

Director:

Cynthia Mort

Writer:

Cynthia Mort
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Saldana ... Nina Simone
David Oyelowo ... Clifton Henderson
Kevin Mambo Kevin Mambo ... Gilles, Lead Guitarist
Ronald Guttman ... Henri Edwards
Chuma Gault ... Nina's Husband
Allison Sarofim ... Head Nurse
Mike Epps ... Richard Pryor
Keith David ... Clifton's Father
Ella Joyce ... Clifton's Mom
Stevens Gaston ... Clifton's Brother
Fred Cassidy ... Customs Agent
Jessica Oyelowo ... Nurse
Anthony Molinari ... Cop #1
Ella Thomas ... Lorraine Hansberry
Bonnie Bartlett ... Recital Stage Woman
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The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

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Taglines:

Singer. Activist. Survivor. Legend.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nina Simone See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In May 2014, director Cynthia Mort sued production company Ealing Studios Enterprises Limited for breach of her director deal. Mort, who got approval rights over the final shooting script, the cast and crew, the line producer, the designer and all department heads and was given consulting rights on advertising, distribution, shooting schedule and budget, was removed by the production company during the editing process in June 2013 and wasn't consulted about subsequent cuts and changes. Mort's previous cuts were abandoned. Mort claims that therefore the final film version doesn't reflect her vision of Simone as a woman, musician and civil rights activist. See more »

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Zoe did Excellent - Critics Too Harsh
26 April 2016 | by grandevasSee all my reviews

Zoe Saldana did an excellent job, she did capture Nina's essence. Perhaps the story is fictional, and the nurse bit is quite a liberty, however, Zoe helps to bring Nina to a new generation. Her makeup is appropriate, it is not offensive. She gives a nuanced and fine performance. Sometimes it is nice to see a softer more human side of someone known in many ways as a "Militant Icon." Great job Zoe. We get to see hints of Nina's weakness in her dealings at the hospital and the human effects of having to be a strong presence during her trials and tribulations. For those who call Zoe's makeup ugly what is ugly about it? I think some of the fictional liberties are fun, I like the romantic soap opera version of Nina, moments of the lighter spirit and times. Nina is beautiful as is Zoe.


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