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Lackawanna Blues(Movie, 2005)

1h 35min | Genres: Drama, TV Movie
Lackawanna BluesRating: 3.4/5 (with 6 votes)
Lackawanna Blues is a drama television film directed by George C. Wolfe and written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. It aired on HBO on February 12, 2005. It is based on the play of the same name by Santiago-Hudson. Wolfe had commissioned the stage version. It is the true story of Ruben Santiago Jr. growing up in Lackawanna, New York. He was raised by his father and mother and the neighborhood boarding house lady known as Rachel "Nanny" Crosby. Ruben was born in 1956 to his Puerto Rican father Ruben Santiago and his African-American mother Alean Hudson. His mother was too mentally unstable to take good care of him; residing in mental hospitals, Alean disappears and reappears throughout Ruben's life. His father stayed at Nanny's boarding house, but he was frequently not around due to working long hours or out looking for work. Nanny more or less took care of Ruben Jr. as a mother figure. The television movie tells of his life growing up there and of the diverse characters that he meets during his and their stays at the boarding house. For her work in the movie, S. Epatha Merkerson won a Best Actress Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Emmy Award in 2006. ()
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About Lackawanna Blues

In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.


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Trailer for Lackawanna Blues + Featurettes/Teaser/Clips

LACKAWANNA BLUES(Trailer, 1:36)

Additional Information

Production country: United States of America (USA)
Plays in: New York
Original language: English (EN)
Translated into 2 languages: English (EN), French (FR)
Status: Released
Release date US: 02/12/2005

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