Lackawanna Blues (2005)

Lackawanna Blues


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A young boy grows up among a makeshift family of oddballs and dreamers in this adaptation of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's acclaimed one-man show. Ruben Junior (Marcus Carl Franklin) is a young boy who was born in the late '40s into a family that started crumbling not long after he was born. Ruben Junior's parents were from Lackawanna, a city in Upstate New York, and were living in a rooming house run by Nanny Crosby (S. Epatha Merkerson), whose place was a hub for the local African-American … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Ruben Santiago-Hudson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 23, 2005



as Rachel `Nanny' Crosb...

as Ruben Santiago Jr. (...

as Ruben Santiago Jr. (...

as Otis McClanahan

as Ruben Santiago Sr.

as Pauline

as Old Lem Taylor

as Dick Barrymore

as Shakey Winfield

as Bandleader

as Carl

as Mr. Luscious

as Freddie Cobbs

as Small Paul

as Miss Jadie

as Ulysses Fold

as Mrs. Carmichael

as Laura's mother

as The Bandleader
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Critic Reviews for Lackawanna Blues

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

It's a wonderful lead performance.

Full Review… | January 31, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 2, 2005
Top Critic

January 27, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Everyone's efforts were sadly wasted.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
Film Threat

Bursting at the seams with talented performers, no one misses a beat, conjuring up an atmosphere so vivid, you can taste it.

Full Review… | February 19, 2005
Eye for Film

An invigorating movie full of sexual energy.

Full Review… | February 11, 2005

Audience Reviews for Lackawanna Blues


[font=Century Gothic]"Lackawanna Blues" is based on the autobiographical play by Ruben Santiago-Hudson about his experiences growing up an unorthodox childhood in a rooming house owned and ran by Rachel "Nanny" Crosby(S. Epatha Merkerson) in the fifties and sixties in a largely minority neighborhood in Lackawanna, New York. After Ruben's parents are unable to care for him, Nanny takes him in as she has so many other people.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Lackawanna Blues" is an entertaining movie with a great cast including Delroy Lindo, Rosie Perez, Terrence Howard, Jimmy Smits, Louis Gossett, Jr and Jeffrey Wright. The film has a potent sense of time and place but it does seem a bit too nostalgiac towards segregation-era America.(The film points out that Nanny helped out the way the government would have if it worked properly.) [/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


This movie has a lot of heart and makes me wish I had a "Nanny"!

Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer


I LOVED this movie!! S. Epatha Merkerson was a great matriarch in this film, loved Macy Gray, loved everyone in this film!!

Remi Logan

Super Reviewer

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