Director: George C. Wolfe
Writer(s): Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Starring: S. Epatha Merkerson, Marcus Carl Franklin, Yasiin Bey, Carmen Ejogo, Bill Simms Jr., Louis Gossett Jr., Macy Gray, Terrence Howard, Ernie Hudson, Delroy Lindo, Rosie Perez, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Jimmy Smits, Patricia Wettig, Robert Bradley, Charlayne Woodard, Jeffrey Wright, Omar Benjamin, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Byanca Godwin, Hill Harper, Barry Shabaka Henley, Julanne Chidi Hill, Lou Myers, Adina Porter, Henry Simmons, Michael Kenneth Williams, Saul Williams, Arista Pemberton, Michelle Robinson, Paula Brown, Ron Kellum, Neisha Folkes-LeMelle, Stevie Ray Anthony, Ryan Francois, Aakomon Jones, Greg Poland, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Tracey Buckner, Roxanne Mayweather, Amad Jackson, J.B. Williams, Lily Santiago, Trey Santiago, Delandis, Etta Baker, Blaise Brooks, Josef Cannon, Ike Onuoha, Aimee Palance, Sheldon Robins, Lisa Ruffin, Keith Tilque
Synopsis: Based on the true story of Ruben Santiago Jr. and his relationship with his guardian Rachel Crosby, set in 1950’s and 1960’s Lackawanna, New York. After the separation of his parents, young Ruben “Junior” Santiago, a part-black, part-Hispanic child, is sent to live in a small-scale boarding house run by the kind-hearted Rachel “Nanny” Crosby and her younger husband Bill. Ruben then grows up witnessing the world of soul and blues music and grows to know the various characters that Nanny takes into her household to help out, from disturbed Ol’lem Taylor; one-armed handyman Mr. Lucious; hairdresser Bertha; war veteran Lonnie; ex-convict Mr. Paul; butch cleaner Ricky and many others.
Release Date: February 12, 2005 (USA) | Length: 95 min | Genre: Drama, Music, Rhonda Recommended | MPAA Rating: PG-13