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Black Snake Moan (2006)

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Drama, Music |

Black Snake Moan is a American drama film written and directed by Craig Brewer and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, and Justin Timberlake. The plot focuses on a Mississippi bluesman (Jackson) who holds a troubled local woman (Ricci) captive in his house in an attempt to cure her of her nymphomania after finding her severely beaten on the side of a road.

The title of the film derives from the 1927 Blind Lemon Jefferson song. The film draws numerous references to the Mississippi Blues movement, particularly in its title and soundtrack.

The film centers on two main characters: Lazarus Redd (Samuel L. Jackson), a deeply religious farmer and former blues guitarist, and Rae Doole (Christina Ricci), a young sex addict. Lazarus’ wife and his brother were having an affair, which has left him bitter and angry. Rae’s boyfriend Ronnie Morgan (Justin Timberlake) leaves for deployment with the 196th Field Artillery Brigade, Tennessee National Guard, and in his absence, she indulges in bouts of promiscuity and drug use. During one of Rae’s binges, Ronnie’s friend Gill Morton (Michael Raymond-James) tries to take advantage of her. She laughs at his advances, comparing him unfavorably with another man, and he severely beats her. Believing she’s dead, Gill dumps Rae and leaves her by the side of the road wearing only a shirt and panties and drives away.

Director: Craig Brewer

Writer: Craig Brewer

Stars: Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake, S. Epatha Merkerson, John Cothran, David Banner, Michael Raymond-James

Cast:

Samuel L. JacksonLazarus
Christina RicciRae
Justin TimberlakeRonnie
S. Epatha MerkersonAngela
John CothranReverend R.L.
David BannerTehronne
Michael Raymond-JamesGill
Adriane LenoxRose Woods
Kim RichardsSandy
Neimus K. WilliamsLincoln
Leonard L. ThomasDeke Woods
Ruby WilsonMayella
Claude PhillipsBojo
Amy LavereJesse
Clare GrantKell
Jeff PopeBatson
Charles ‘Skip’ PittsCharlie (as Skip Pitts)
Willie HallPinetop
John MalloyGene
T.C. SharpeArchie
John StillHerman
Jared HopkinsAuto Worker
Tosh NewmanConner
Cody BlockBryan
Benjamin RednourGuardsman
Carnell PepperMelvin
David ChapmanRed
Jo Lynne PalmerElla Mae (as Jolynne Palmer)
Raymond NealHershel
John PickleArty
Kim JustisWaitress
Cedric BurnsideSelf
Kenny BrownSelf
Josh DriverSelf (uncredited)
Evelyn Diana Frogge-ChabotJuke Joint Patron (uncredited)
Dhonna Harris GoodaleDancer / Barmaid (uncredited)
Son HouseSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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