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: 6.679/10 from 1073 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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  • Chadwick Boseman

    as Levee Green
  • Viola Davis

    as Ma Rainey
  • Glynn Turman

    as Toledo
  • Colman Domingo

    as Cutler
  • Michael Potts

    as Slow Drag
  • Jonny Coyne

    as Sturdyvant
  • Taylour Paige

    as Dussie Mae
  • Jeremy Shamos

    as Irvin
  • Dusan Brown

    as Sylvester
  • Joshua Harto

    as Policeman
  • Quinn VanAntwerp

    as Band Singer
  • Antonio Fierro

    as Laborer (uncredited)
  • Daniel Johnson

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