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

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Trivia

Ruben Santiago-Hudson insisted his daughter Lily be cast in a cameo as Laura's daughter. But his son Trey, a twin with Lily, wanted to appear in the movie as well, which Ruben accepted. In real life, the character of the abused Laura only had a daughter, not a twin daughter and son. The scene where Laura comes to Nanny's house in the middle of the night with her son and daughter after leaving her abusive husband is accurately re-created word-for-word as Ruben remembered from that night. 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

Ruben Santiago Jr.: Why didn't you ever have any kids, Nanny?
Rachel "Nanny" Crosby: Oh, I had 'em. I had a little girl.
Ruben Santiago Jr.: You did?
Rachel "Nanny" Crosby: Mm-hmm. With my first husband, Dick Johnson. Mmm. She was my heart. Named her Lillian. But God took her early on. She wasn't no more than three years old. Had a bout with that pneumonia.
Ruben Santiago Jr.: You never talked about her, Nanny.
Rachel "Nanny" Crosby: No. That was the hardest thing I ever had to face in my life. You know, they say God don't make no mistakes. I know one thing: took me a long time to get on speaking terms with God after ...
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Connections

Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit 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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Lakwanna Blues - a celebration of the Black Community
12 February 2005 | by jmea91See all my reviews

One word....Excellent! Everyone should see this movie. It is the very heart and soul of what family and community are all about. It defines the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." Lackawanna Blues features an all-star cast with the likes of Louis Gossett, Jr., Delroy Lindo, Lou Myer and Ernie Hudson. The movie is set in the 60's and seen through the eyes of a young boy growing up in a rooming house run by the lady that everyone calls Nanny. S. Epatha Merkerson did an outstanding job playing the lead role. I always look forward to Black HIstory Month so that I can see movies and documentaries that celebrate Black Heritage.


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Official Sites:

HBO [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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