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      Leadbelly

      PG 1975 2 hr. 6 min. Biography List
      Reviews 50% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score A biography of Huddie Ledbetter (Roger E. Mosley), this drama follows the life of the highly influential African-American blues singer and guitarist, who was better known as "Leadbelly." The trouble-prone musician frequently ended up working on chain gangs, and, when not incarcerated, he sometimes traveled around with fellow renowned blues man Blind Lemon Jefferson (Art Evans). The film shows how Leadbelly dealt with the racism of his era and found some degree of peace in his music. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 27 Buy Now

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      Steve Warren The Barb (Atlanta) Leadbelly, at least, provides good entertainment, if it doesn't shed much light on the life of Huddie Ledbetter. May 9, 2023 Full Review Peter Martin ScreenAnarchy More of a rip-roaring adventure than a staid biopic, director Gordon Parks infuses the life story of Huddie Ledbetter with raw energy and a mindful perspective. Rated: 4.5/5.0 Feb 25, 2021 Full Review Stephen Randall Los Angeles Free Press Part of the problem is Roger E. Mosley. As Leadbelly, he never goes too deeply into his character and uses the same facial expression to convey happiness or anger. Oct 31, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A biography of Huddie Ledbetter (Roger E. Mosley), this drama follows the life of the highly influential African-American blues singer and guitarist, who was better known as "Leadbelly." The trouble-prone musician frequently ended up working on chain gangs, and, when not incarcerated, he sometimes traveled around with fellow renowned blues man Blind Lemon Jefferson (Art Evans). The film shows how Leadbelly dealt with the racism of his era and found some degree of peace in his music.
      Director
      Gordon Parks
      Executive Producer
      David Frost, Jack Grossberg
      Screenwriter
      Ernest Kinoy
      Production Co
      Brownstone Productions (I), Zeeuwse Maatschappij N.V., David Paradine Productions
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Biography
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 15, 2016
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