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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

1h 34m
Drama, Music
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Tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson's play.
Ma Raineys Black Bottom Poster

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

1h 34m
Drama, Music
Tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson's play.
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Chadwick Boseman
Levee Green
Viola Davis
Ma Rainey
Michael Potts
Slow Drag
Jonny Coyne
Taylour Paige
Dussie Mae
Dusan Brown
Joshua Harto
Quinn VanAntwerp
Band Singer
Antonio Fierro
Laborer (uncredited)
Roger Petan
Businessman (uncredited)
Daniel Johnson
Chicago Worker (uncredited)
Directed By: George C. Wolfe

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Jordyep says...
2 years ago
When I found out this was based on a play, things started to fall into place in my mind. The way this was handled (writing/directing) feels heightened, too much so for my taste. At points it actually feels like you’re watching a play fold out. The actors aren’t just acting, they’re giving a **performance**. If that’s your thing, enjoy the movie. If it rings to you as inauthentic (like it does for me), it might not be your thing. Still, it’s too well made, produced and shot to completely trash it. 5/10
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luizerl says...
2 years ago
Take your attetion with the first scene, each characters has his own characteristics, background, beliefs that conflict with each other character. Chadwick robbes the scene, his character is extremely well written and very well perfomed. Viola Davis is marvelous as aways. But the movie looks more a play - same problem that Fences haved - then a movie, a lot of monologues (that I love) and the whole situation that takes place in one location. To me, one of the best of this year.
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ILBaRsHaWi19 says...
2 years ago
Chadwick Boseman steals the movie as he's giving a lot of dialogue to shine and Viola Davis was great as usual . I liked the fact that it was filmed in one place which gave the characters enough time to know about them diffrently. Even the story is not that special the performances were good
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Astrid Galactic says...
2 years ago
This movie had more to do with Ma's band philosophizing than Ma Rainey herself. Lots of okay scenes making good points, but you don't kick the star of the show out to do so. I was really looking forward to seeing this movie but I was very disappointed in the end.
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CONTAINS SPOILERS7/10  one year ago
[7.2/10] *Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom* explores tons of divisions between folks. Old school vs. new school. Men of faith vs. non-believers. And unsurprisingly, black vs. white. But the deepest divide, or at least the most tragic, comes between artists who know where their power lies and those who don More
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6/10  one year ago
One of the vicissitudes that the Covid-19 pandemic brought with it was that the cinema had to reinvent itself, and as part of this reinvention, many filmmakers chose to create films based on plays (because obviously the cost is lower, the locations are few - sometimes only one - and not many actors More
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one year ago

'Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom' features great performances from Viola Davis (Ma) and Chadwick Boseman (Levee). Their characters aren't flawless, yet Davis and Boseman make them each a fascinating watch; the latter has one film-stealing scene. They both truly give their all. The More
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one year ago
As a film adaptation, 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' isn't so much a movie as it is a play with a few more options; a showcase for its actors rather than a cinematic experience. But the play it adapts is very good, one of my favourites of Wilson's. It's from an era of theatre in the United States that d More
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