Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)

It would be an empty world without the blues.

  • Genre: Drama, Music
  • Release Date: 2020-11-25
  • User Rating: 6.6/10 from 1121 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 34min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Escape Artists
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: George C. Wolfe
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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.

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  • Viola Davis

    as Ma Rainey
  • Chadwick Boseman

    as Levee
  • Colman Domingo

    as Cutler
  • Glynn Turman

    as Toledo
  • Michael Potts

    as Slow Drag
  • Jeremy Shamos

    as Irvin
  • Jonny Coyne

    as Sturdyvant
  • Taylour Paige

    as Dussie Mae
  • Dusan Brown

    as Sylvester
  • Joshua Harto

    as Policeman
  • Quinn VanAntwerp

    as Band Singer
  • Chloe Davis

    as Ma Rainey's Dancer
  • Mayte Natalio

    as Ma Rainey's Dancer
  • Johanna Elmina Moise

    as Ma Rainey's Dancer
  • Onyxx Noel

    as Ma Rainey's Dancer
  • LaWanda Hopkins

    as Ma Rainey's Dancer
  • Sierra Stewart

    as Ma Rainey's Dancer
  • Malaiyka Reid

    as Ma Rainey's Dancer
  • Catherine Foster

    as Ma Rainey's Dancer
  • Antonio Fierro

    as Laborer (uncredited)
  • Daniel Johnson

    as Chicago Worker (uncredited)
Art Mark Ricker Production Design
Production Dany Wolf Producer
Production Constanza Romero Executive Producer
Costume & Make-Up Ann Roth Costume Designer
Production Denzel Washington Producer
Sound Branford Marsalis Original Music Composer
Directing George C. Wolfe Director
Production Todd Black Producer
Editing Andrew Mondshein Editor
Camera Tobias A. Schliessler Director of Photography
Production Avy Kaufman Casting
Directing Michele Ziegler First Assistant Director
Directing Xanthus Valan Second Assistant Director
Crew Chuck Jeffreys Stunt Coordinator
Art James F. Truesdale Art Direction
Art Travis Kerr Set Designer
Art Wes Hottman Assistant Art Director
Art Karen O'Hara Set Decoration
Art Paul Bucciarelli Set Buyer
Art Diana Stoughton Set Decoration
Art Darlene Salinas Set Decorating Coordinator
Directing Megan Graham Script Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Matiki Anoff Makeup Department Head
Costume & Make-Up Sergio Lopez-Rivera Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Sian Richards Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Carl Fullerton Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Debi Young Makeup Supervisor
Sound Skip Lievsay Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Skip Lievsay Supervising Sound Editor
Writing Ruben Santiago-Hudson Screenplay
Costume & Make-Up Gary Archer Prosthetics
Costume & Make-Up Rachel Geary Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Bethany Montecalvo Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Bethany Townes Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Jai Williams Makeup Artist
Sound Paul Urmson Supervising Sound Editor
Writing August Wilson Theatre Play
Visual Effects John Allegretti Visual Effects