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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.

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Ruben Santiago Jr. (as Marcus Franklin)
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The Bandleader (as Mos Def)
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Alean
Bill Simms Jr. ...
Himself
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Ol'lem Taylor
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Pauline
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Bill Crosby (as Terrance Dashon Howard)
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Dick Barrymore
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Mr. Lucious
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Freddie Cobbs
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Ulysses Ford
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Ruben Santiago Sr.
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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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12 February 2005 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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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

Bertha: Did you see all those negroes shouting "black power, black power"? Hair as nappy as can be!
Rachel "Nanny" Crosby: The black panthers?
Bertha: Yeah. I have all the "black power" they need right in my hot comb.
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Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

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If I Ever Lost You
Performed by Jimmy Scott
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A++++ Storytelling & Acting!
17 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

S.Eptha Merkenson...what can I say, with a slump of her shoulders, or a look in her eye, this woman conveyed a range of emotions without opening her mouth! I hope to see her in many more leading lady roles. The movie world shouldn't let talent like hers go to waste.

Another stand out actor was the gentleman who showed young Ruben his scrapbook. His storytelling went from hilarious to sorrowful. An unforgettable 5 min soliloquy.

I wished the movie could have been longer to allow more depth into some of the other characters, but the story was Ruben's relationship with Nanny, and a wonderful relationship it was.

The music, costumes, sets, and characters all came together to make one truly enjoyable movie. Thank You Mr Santiago Hudson for allowing us to view a small slice of your life.


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