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Black Nativity
- Forest Whitaker

Overview - Director Kasi Lemmons updates Langston Hughes' acclaimed play for the screen in this inspirational musical drama with a positive spiritual message. Langston (Jacob Latimore) is a street-smart Baltimore teen who lives with his single mother Naima (Jennifer Hudson).  Read more...

 
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Overview

Director Kasi Lemmons updates Langston Hughes' acclaimed play for the screen in this inspirational musical drama with a positive spiritual message. Langston (Jacob Latimore) is a street-smart Baltimore teen who lives with his single mother Naima (Jennifer Hudson). It's Christmas, and this year Jordan is traveling to New York City for a stay with his distant relatives Reverend Cornell (Forest Whitaker) and Aretha Cobbs (Angela Bassett). When Reverent Cornell's strict rules prove too oppressive for the rebellious teen to handle, however, Jordan decides he'd rather spend the holidays with his mother, and embarks on an eye-opening journey that teaches him the true importance of faith and family.

Cast List

Kasi Lemmons - American Actress and Director
Laura Karpman - Composer
Diane Lederman
Lewis Goldstein
Adam Escott
Anastas Michos
Manny Siverio
Sean Garnhart
Langston Hughes - African American Author
Gerard Sava
Bergen Swanson
Raphael Saadiq - Soul/R&B Producer, Performer and Composer
Steven Baker - Musical Direction/Supervision
Sarah Connors
Michael Harry Hartney
Mr. X Gotham
Angela Bassett - American actress, WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT
Mary J. Blige - R&B Music Performer
Vondie Curtis-Hall - African-American actor/director, GRIDLOCK'D (1997)
Vondie Curtis Hall - African-American actor/director, GRIDLOCK'D (1997)
Forest Whitaker - American actor/director, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
Tyrese Gibson - Actor, LOVE SONG/BABY BOY
Tyrese - Actor, LOVE SONG/BABY BOY
Jennifer Hudson - Oscar winning American actress, DREAMGIRLS
H. Hunter Hall
Jason Samuels Smith
C. Kelly Wright
Jacob Latimore
Jamal Mallory-McCree
Nasir Jones
Luke James
Grace Gibson
Rotimi
Michael Dale - Actor, ;
Doug Willen
Sorika Horng
Braille Diaz

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 93
  • Color Format: (unknown/unconverted)
  • UPC: 024543886907
  • Genre: Christmas
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: January 2016

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Musicals

Related Keywords:
Holiday
Christmas
Holidays

 
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Reviews:
"Based on the play by poet/activist Hughes, this updated faith-based tale features rousing musical numbers..." - 11/29/2013 USA Today


"BLACK NATIVITY is a musical too, and on that front there are gifts aplenty. Hudson's voice lifts the proceedings every time she sings." - 11/26/2013 Los Angeles Times


"The film, like the play, has a captivating gospel flavor that easily raises the roof beams." - 11/26/2013 Chicago Sun-Times


"You have to admire the earnest, nakedly emotional approach taken by writer-director Kasi Lemmons..." - 11/24/2013 Variety


"Characters break into song in everyday settings, and these scenes work surprisingly well, partly because Hudson and Latimore are such gifted musical performers." - 11/25/2013 Hollywood Reporter


3 stars out of 4 -- "The film's modern-day retelling of Christ's birth is sprinkled with lines from Hughes' poetry and the stage production's script, as well as shout-outs to the hero's namesake. These all resonate, thanks to the setting: Harlem." - 11/27/2013 RogerEbert.com


3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he music is tremendous." - 12/02/2013 Total Film

 
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