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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 23, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Hbo Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Surround 5.1 English
- Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0 English
- Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0 Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Marcus Franklin & S. Epatha Merkerson|
|Performer:||Mos Def, Liev Schreiber, Lou Myers, Charlayne Woodard, Ernie Hudson, Jimmy Smits, Delroy Lindo, Carmen Ejogo, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Rosie Perez, Macy Gray & Jeffrey Wright|
|Directed by||George C. Wolfe|
Rating: 5/5 -- Bursting at the seams with talented performers, no one misses a beat, conjuring up an atmosphere so vivid, you can taste it. Full Review
Eye for Film
Rating: B+ -- An invigorating movie full of sexual energy. Full Review
Even in deep-pore close-ups, it's not stagey in the slightest; it's been crosscut to a Godfather-ly fare-thee-well, and there are some Orson Welles palm prints all over a snow-globe shot. Full Review
New York Magazine/Vulture
It's a wonderful lead performance.
Ebert & Roeper
Rating: 1.5/5 -- Everyone's efforts were sadly wasted.
The plot of LACKAWANNA BLUES takes viewers back to a turbulent time for the African American community, all set to a soaring R&B soundtrack from an awesome selection of artists. Originally shot for HBO, LACKAWANNA BLUES is based on a one-man play by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and is a moving coming-of-age tale. Drawing on his own experiences, Santiago-Hudson begins his story as a child growing up in the small New York town of Lackawanna. There, he is raised by Rachel "Nanny" Crosby (S. Epatha Merkerson), who provides a refuge for many wandering black folks whose lives have not quite turned out as they wished. Nanny and the residents educate Ruben in a way that no conventional schooling can provide, with the film lovingly painting a poignant slice of life from these heavily segregated times. Merkerson is exceptional as Nanny, while the ensemble cast also includes big hitters such as Rosie Perez and Mos Def among its line up.
Based on the award winning play by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, this poignant and colorful drama tells the inspirational story of a courageous woman, Nanny, whose spirit and strength served as the foundation for a struggling community trying to survive during the segregation era. Starring an exceptional ensemble cast led by Jimmy Smits, Rosie Perez, and Macy Gray, this inspiring drama from HBO Films is a celebration of the good things in life, no matter how tough times may be.
Source: Warner Home Video
Source: Warner Home Video
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