The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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In 1951, cancerous cells from Henrietta Lacks lead to breakthroughs that change the face of medicine forever. Aided by writer Rebecca Skloot, Deborah Lacks embarks on a quest to learn about the mother she never knew.

Cast & Crew

Oprah Winfrey
Deborah Lacks
Rose Byrne
Rebecca Skloot
Rocky Carroll
Sonny Lacks
Courtney B. Vance
Sir Lord Keenan Kester Cofield
Reed Birney
Dr. George Gey
Peter Landesman
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Alexander Woo
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George C. Wolfe
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Alan Ball
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Peter Macdissi
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Oprah Winfrey
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Carla Gardini
Executive Producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher
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  • As a portrait of unlikely female friendship and impassioned campaigning it did justice to little-known heroine Lacks.

    June 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If the film pushes Henrietta to the edges, it is at least to make room for a performance from Winfrey that tells us all there is to know about the damage that loss, lies and injustice can do to a child, to an adult, to a family and to a society.

    June 13, 2017 | Full Review…

    Lucy Mangan

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  • Henrietta Lacks achieved a kind of immortality after her death. But Skloot's book and, now, this gripping film adaptation will ensure that the world knows who she was.

    April 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Winfrey's humane and riveting performance may make this adaptation worth a watch.

    April 24, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a good movie with a great performance.

    April 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The Immortal Life is too abridged and disorderly to reveal very much.

    April 21, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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