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Black Nativity (2013)

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A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.

Director:

Kasi Lemmons

Writers:

Langston Hughes (based on the play by), Kasi Lemmons (written for the screen by)
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Reverend Cornell Cobbs
Angela Bassett ... Aretha Cobbs
Jennifer Hudson ... Naima
Tyrese Gibson ... Loot / Tyson
Jacob Latimore ... Langston
Mary J. Blige ... Angel
Nas ... Street Prophet (Isaiah) (as Nasir Jones)
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Pawnbroker (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
Luke James ... Jo-Jo / Joseph
Grace Gibson Grace Gibson ... Maria / Mary
Rotimi ... Officer Butch McDaniels
J. Mallory McCree ... Kyle
Henry Hunter Hall ... Snoopy (as H. Hunter Hall)
Michael Dale ... Innkeeper
Doug Willen ... Chic Man
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Storyline

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs' rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family. Written by Fox Searchlight

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Music | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, language and a menacing situation. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Nativity - Um Espectáculo de Natal See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,669,530, 1 December 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,017,178, 10 January 2014
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film is one of the rare occasions when Forest Whitaker lends his tenor voice for a film. See more »


Soundtracks

Silent Night
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber (as Franz Xaver Gruber) and lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Performed by Grace Gibson and Luke James
Arranged by Raphael Saadiq
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Blacktastic!
28 November 2013 | by wutzmycosecant2See all my reviews

What can I say of this wonderful piece of cinematic gold? I was hooked from the inaugural bundle of photons emitted from that silver screen which darted across the darkened theater, striking my rods and cones, stimulating my visual cortex into effervescent fits of orgiastic black biblical entertainment.

Not since Tyler Perry's latest classic have I witness such an incredible ensemble of all black Christian-rivisionism, which adheres in no way to Christian theological scholarship.

This film, I'm convinced, along with Tyler Perry's eschatological works, will forever be remembered as the uniting impetus which was portended in the great words of Malcolm X, "There can be no black-white unity until there is first some black unity."

TL;DR - Black science, black "christian" folk customs, tyler perry, malcolm x, fist.


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