R / History, Music, Drama / English / 1h 34m
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Colman Domingo, Dusan Brown, Glynn Turman, Jeremy Shamos, Jonathan Coyne, Joshua Harto, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige, Viola Davis
Director: George C. Wolfe
Producer: Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Dany Wolf
Writer: Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Production Co: Netflix
Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious cornet player Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.
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