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Encyclopedia > Black Snake Moan (film)
Black Snake Moan

Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by Craig Brewer
Produced by Stephanie Allain
John Singleton
Written by Craig Brewer
Starring Samuel L. Jackson
Christina Ricci
John Cothran Jr.
Justin Timberlake
S. Epatha Merkerson
David Banner
Son House
Music by Scott Bomar
Cinematography Amy Vincent
Editing by Billy Fox
Distributed by Paramount Vantage
Release date(s)
March 2, 2007 (nationwide)
May 10, 2007
May 18, 2007
May 30, 2007
June 8, 2007
July 5, 2007
Running time 117 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $10,869,928
Official website
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Black Snake Moan is a 2007 film written and directed by Craig Brewer. It was filmed in and around Memphis, Tennessee, and stars Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci. The title of the film derives from the 1927 Blind Lemon Jefferson song, while the plot is loosely based on George Eliot's 1861 novel Silas Marner. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (480x750, 97 KB) // Movie poster for the 2007 film Black Snake Moan. ... Craig Brewer is a film director and screenwriter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... John Daniel Singleton (born January 6, 1968 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... “Samuel Jackson” redirects here. ... Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is a [[Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actress. ... Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981[1]), sometimes known as JT, is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. ... S. Epatha Merkerson as Lt. ... This article is about a musician. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Paramount Classics logo Paramount Vantage (originally Paramount Classics) is the specialty film division of Paramount Pictures (which in turn is owned by Viacom), charged with producing, purchasing, distributing and marketing films, generally those with a more art house feel than films made and distributed by its parent company. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... USD redirects here. ... Craig Brewer is a film director and screenwriter. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... “Samuel Jackson” redirects here. ... Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is a [[Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actress. ... Blind Lemon Jefferson (September 1893 – December 1929) was an influential blues singer and guitarist from Texas. ... Mary Ann (Marian) Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880), better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist. ... Silas Marner : The Weaver of Raveloe is a novel by George Eliot (the pen name of Mary Ann Evans) which was first published in 1861. ...

Contents

Plot

The film centers around two main characters: Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson), a deeply religious farmer and former blues guitarist, and Rae (Christina Ricci), a young nymphomaniac. Lazarus's wife has left him for his brother, which has left him a bitter and potentially violent man. Rae's boyfriend Ronnie (Justin Timberlake) leaves for deployment in the National Guard, and in his absence she descends into bouts of promiscuity and drug use. During one of Rae's binges, Ronnie's friend Gill (Michael Raymond-James) tries to take advantage of her. She laughs at his advances and he severely beats her. Believing her dead, Gill dumps Rae by the side of the road and drives away. Blues music redirects here. ... Hypersexuality describes human sexual behavior at levels high enough to be considered clinically significant. ... Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981[1]), sometimes known as JT, is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. ... The United States National Guard is a reserve forces component of the United States Army (the Army National Guard) and the United States Air Force (the Air National Guard). ... “Promiscuous” redirects here. ...


Lazarus discovers Rae and brings her home to nurse her back to health. Over the course of several days, Rae, delirious with fever, occasionally wakes up and tries to flee from Lazarus. He ties her to the radiator with a heavy chain to keep her from running away. After Rae regains her wits, Lazarus announces that it is his spiritual duty to heal her of her sinful ways and refuses to release her until he does so. Rae attempts escape numerous times but eventually comes to accept her position. Lazarus gives her a proper dress to wear, plays guitar for her, and feeds her home-cooked meals. Meanwhile, Ronnie returns to town after being discharged from the National Guard due to his severe anxiety disorder. While searching for Rae, who has disappeared, he meets Gill, who informs him that Rae cheats on him whenever he is out of town. Ronnie attacks Gill and continues his search for Rae. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Lazarus's brother and reverend, R.L. (John Cothran Jr.), visits Lazarus at his house and discovers Lazarus is imprisoning Rae. The reverend tries to reason with Lazarus and the group shares a meal. In the morning, Lazarus frees Rae, having decided that he has no authority to pass judgment on her. Rae chooses to stay with Lazarus of her own will. Meanwhile, Lazarus has formed a budding romance with the local pharmacist, Angela (S. Epatha Merkerson). He plays a blues concert at a local bar, which Rae attends. Ronnie spots Rae and follows her to Lazarus's house. He confronts the pair with a pistol, but Lazarus talks him down and summons the reverend. Ronnie and Rae decide that they are stronger together than apart and get married. While driving away, Ronnie suffers a panic attack and Rae begins to break down, but together they overcome their afflictions. // For the racing driver, see Will Power. ... S. Epatha Merkerson as Lt. ...


Production

For the film, Jackson spent six or seven hours a day for half a year learning how to play blues guitar for several songs he plays throughout the film.[1][2] Ricci wore an actual 40-pound (18 kg) chain during filming,[3] and ate only foods of no nutritional value to achieve a sickly appearance.[4] She told Entertainment Weekly that she remained scantily-clad even when the cameras weren't rolling: "Sam [Jackson] would be like, 'Put some clothes on!'" she says. "I was like, 'No, you don't understand. I'm doing something important.'"[5] The pound or pound-mass (abbreviations: lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States, #) is a unit of mass (sometimes called weight in everyday parlance) in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ...


Reception

Reviews for the film were mixed. Matt Glasby of Film4 awarded the film only 1 star out of 5, calling it a "pressure-cooked mess" that was "bad enough to make gums bleed".[6] The film was also criticized by feminist activists for its portrayal of sexualized violence.[7][8] Film4 is a free British digital television channel, owned and operated by Channel 4, which screens high-quality films. ...


As of 2007-11-05, Rotten Tomatoes reported a 66% "Fresh" rating with 92 positive of 139 total reviews, "Average Rating: 6.4 out of 10".[9] On the television program Ebert & Roeper, filmmaker Kevin Smith, filling in for Roger Ebert, described the film as the best of the year thus far. Smith praised Ricci and Jackson, saying this was Ricci's best performance and Jackson's best performance since Pulp Fiction (1994). Richard Roeper also gave the film a "thumb up" rating. During its March 2 to March 4, 2007 opening weekend in the US the film earned $4 million, putting it in eighth place behind films including other new releases Wild Hogs and Zodiac.[10][11] Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Wild Hogs is a 2007 comedy film starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. ... Zodiac, a Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. ...


Cast

Actor Role
Samuel L. Jackson Lazarus
Christina Ricci Rae
Justin Timberlake Ronnie
John Cothran Jr. R.L.
S. Epatha Merkerson Angela
David Banner Tehronne
Son House (archive footage) Himself
Neimus K. Williams Lincoln
Michael Raymond-James Gill
Molly Roudabush Trixy

“Samuel Jackson” redirects here. ... Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is a [[Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actress. ... Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981[1]), sometimes known as JT, is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. ... S. Epatha Merkerson as Lt. ... This article is about a musician. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Soundtrack

Black Snake Moan
Soundtrack by various
Released 2007-01-30
Genre Blues
Label New West
Producer various

Black Snake Moan was released 2007-01-30 by New West Records featuring various artists including 3 tracks performed by the film's star Samuel L. Jackson himself. The 17 tracks cover classic to modern blues. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Blues music redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... New West Records is a record label based in Austin, Texas and San Francisco, California. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... New West Records is a record label based in Austin, Texas and San Francisco, California. ... “Samuel Jackson” redirects here. ... Blues music redirects here. ...


Reception

The soundtrack album was well received by critics, customers and the public at large.


Critical reviews

Glenn Gaslin at Moving Pictures Magazine briefly reviewed and praised the album, "It should make anyone who loves the blues, er, happy."[12] Moving Pictures Magazine (MPM). ...


Chad Grischow at IGN reviewed the album at length concluding with, "The album does an excellent job at capturing the sweaty underbelly of the southern blues scene, and is a recommended listen, even if not for the reasons you originally picked it up."[13] For other uses, see IGN (disambiguation). ...


On 2007-02-16, Sarah Linn at Sound the Sirens Magazine wrote in her final paragraph,[14] Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

As a stand-alone album, these 17 tracks are sure to give anybody, blues fan or not, a major taste of what blues music embodies: human struggle. Rootsy and spiritual, down-and-out but hopeful, each track is drunk and steeped on old-time blues, and can be best summed up by the “Father of the Delta Blues,” Son House. He says this on the blues: “Sometimes that kind of blues will make you even kill one another … or do anything, that kind of love … that’s where the blues started.”

James B. Eldred at Bullz-Eye.com concluded his favorable review with,[15]

Blues fans, indie rockers, and those who worship at the Church of Jackson should pick up this soundtrack. Not only does it prove that one of film’s great hard-asses can sing, it’s also a great introduction to the blues, both classic and modern.

Commercial rankings

As of 2007-11-05, Amazon ranked the album #1,128 in it's Music category. When considered within the Blues subcategories it was #10 in Modern Blues, #5 in Regional Blues and #1 in Delta Blues.[16] Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Delta blues are named for the Mississippi Delta. ...


Popular ratings

As of 2007-11-05, 21 Amazon customers reviewing the album gave it 4.5 stars (1-5 scale). None chose below 4 stars with 11 5 stars and 10 4 stars.[17] Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Track listing

Track Song Title Artist Time
1 "Opening Theme" Scott Bomar 0:38
2 "Ain't But One Kind of Blues" Son House 0:11
3 "Just Like a Bird Without a Feather" Samuel L. Jackson 2:22
4 "When the Lights Go Out" The Black Keys 3:13
5 "Standing in My Doorway Crying" Jessie Mae Hemphill 4:40
6 "Chicken Heads" Bobby Rush 2:32
7 "Black Snake Moan" Jason Freeman 4:04
8 "Morning Train" Precious Bryant 3:00
9 "The Losing Kind" John Doe 2:33
10 "Lord Have Mercy on Me" Outrageous Cherry 3:04
11 "Ronnie and Rae's Theme" Scott Bomar 1:08
12 "The Chain" Scott Bomar 2:50
13 "Alice Mae" Samuel L. Jackson 3:48
14 "Stackolee" Samuel L. Jackson 3:30
15 "Old Black Mattie" R.L. Burnside 4:10
16 "That's Where the Blues Started" Son House 0:21
17 "Mean Ol' Wind Died Down" North Mississippi Allstars 7:31

Footnotes

  1. ^ About.com. Samuel L Jackson Talks About "Home of the Brave". Retrieved on February 20, 2007.
  2. ^ Crave Online. Moaning MF'n Snakes. Retrieved on February 20, 2007.
  3. ^ The Two-One-Three. Black Snake Moan. Retrieved on February 20, 2007.
  4. ^ Yahoo Entertainment News.
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly.
  6. ^ Black Snake Moan Review. Film4. Retrieved on 2007-05-18.
  7. ^ Black Snake Moan. feministing.com. Retrieved on 2007-05-18.
  8. ^ Black Snake Moan"; "Cinemachismo". SF360.com. Retrieved on 2007-02-27.
  9. ^ Black Snake Moan. rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved on 2007-11-05.
  10. ^ boxofficemojo.com. BLACK SNAKE MOAN. Retrieved on March 4, 2007.
  11. ^ Weekend Box Office, March 2–4, 2007. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2007-05-18.
  12. ^ Gaslin, Glenn. Black Snake Moan Soundtrack. Moving Pictures Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-11-05.
  13. ^ Grischow, Chad (2007-02-28). Various Artists - Black Snake Moan Soundtrack. IGN. Retrieved on 2007-11-05.
  14. ^ Linn, Sarah (2007-02-16). V/A: Black Snake Moan. Sound the Sirens Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-11-05.
  15. ^ Eldred, James B.. Various Artists: Black Snake Moan Soundtrack. Bullz-Eye.com. Retrieved on 2007-11-05.
  16. ^ Black Snake Moan [SOUNDTRACK]. Amazon. Retrieved on 2007-11-05.
  17. ^ Customer Reviews Black Snake Moan. Amazon. Retrieved on 2007-11-05.

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