BB King: The Life of Riley

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Cardinal Releasing Ltd., MVD Entertainment Group, and Syndctd Entertainment are pleased to announce the US release of The Life of Riley, the much-lauded feature documentary film on the extraordinary life of Blues legend B.B. King. King worked closely with Director Jon Brewer for 2 years to create this powerful film. The heartfelt contributions from a plethora of music's superstars were a vast indication that this was the time for his story to be told. At 88 years old, King, his family, friends and contemporaries unveil the true-life drama that was the springboard for the future 'King of the Blues'. Battling unrelenting racism and the humiliation of segregation whilst working in the cotton fields as an orphaned child, King lived to overcome the toughest critics in the entertainment industry and ultimately be hailed as one of the kingpins of an entire genre of music. This candid biopic of the life story of one of our living legends is highlighted by rare archive footage and beautifully shot scenes of the deep American south. Informative and visually stunning, The Life of Riley is the definitive document of a true American treasure. (c) MCD

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  • [King] is unfailingly articulate, gentlemanly and modest but this is a movie where more music, less talk would definitely have been an improvement.

    Jun 28, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • In the music business, 'legend' is an over-used word: see this and understand what it means.

    Oct 11, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It would have been nice if the movie had allowed voices less fannish than those of King's peers and childhood friends to make the case for the signficance of 'The King of the Blues.'

    Jun 6, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • An intuitive and appealing documentary about the life of one of the world's most recognised Blues musicians, but BB King: The Life of Riley sometimes grows a bit repetitive and its chronological sequence is rather bland.

    Oct 17, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Too many people know this man as just the source vocalist from Moby's classic 'Natural Blues'; hopefully this will change that.

    Oct 17, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [An] authoritative British documentary on [King's] long, impressive career.

    Oct 13, 2012 | Full Review…

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A fitting and wonderful tribute to one of the greatest artists of all time. As with most legendary blues performers, the talent seems God given..out of the blue.

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