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A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. James Brown (Chadwick Boseman) was born in extreme poverty in 1933 South Carolina and survived abandonment, abuse and jail to become one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He joined a gospel group as a teenager, but the jazz and blues along the "chitlin' circuit" became his springboard to fame. Although his backup musicians came and went, Brown retained the ability to mesmerize audiences with his music, signature moves and energy.

  • Year
    2014
  • Runtime
    139 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Tate Taylor
  • Screenwriter
    Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
  • Producer
    Brian Grazer, Mick Jagger, Tate Taylor, Erica Huggins, Victoria Pearman
  • Cast
    Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis