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Lackawanna Blues

Lackawanna Blues (2005)


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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

Aug 23, 2005

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (2) | DVD (6)

It's a wonderful lead performance.

January 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Everyone's efforts were sadly wasted.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

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

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

An invigorating movie full of sexual energy.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Compuserve

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]
August 5, 2006
Walter M.

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This movie has a lot of heart and makes me wish I had a "Nanny"!
October 9, 2010

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I LOVED this movie!! S. Epatha Merkerson was a great matriarch in this film, loved Macy Gray, loved everyone in this film!!
August 9, 2009

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    1. Rachel 'Nanny' Crosby: But you can't hurt me no more. I'm numb. Sometimes I look at you, don't even see you. You touch me and I don't feel you. But I can smell you and I know I'm alive. That stench ain't just some other woman's cheap perfume, it's your soul, Bill. Your rotten soul!
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