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Viola Davis stands at a microphone with a band behind her

Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis), her ambitious horn player (Chadwick Boseman), and the white management determined to control the legendary “Mother of the Blues.” Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society's prejudices dictate their worth.

Director: George C. Wolfe Producer: Denzel Washington

Cast: Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman

4 Stars

"A cracking cast – including the late, great Chadwick Boseman – play all the right notes as 1920s blues musicians"