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Get On Up

PG-13| 2 hr. 18 min.

Plot Summary

In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in 'Get on Up.'  Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

Cast: Chadwick Boseman , Nelsan Ellis , Dan Aykroyd , Viola Davis , Lennie James , Fred Melamed , Craig Robinson , Jill Scott

Director: Tate Taylor

Genres: Biography, Docudrama

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Get On Up (2014)

Release Date: August 1st, 2014|2 hr. 18 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 21 )
  • When Boseman shows us Brown doing his thing onstage, the movie comes alive. show more

  • This is all good movie material, so far as it goes ... but Get on Up can't go any further. Sometimes damaged people stay damaged, and sometimes popular artists make their contribution and then stay in one place forever. It's a big letdown for everybody, but in a biopic, it's poison. show more

  • All the more remarkably, then, this flawed but startling biopic stars another performer, Chadwick Boseman, who fills Brown's shoes with a dynamism that transcends imitation. show more

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  • February 08, 2015 lgwynn7213
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    One star is generous, starts off portraying James as a drug user, crazy unstable person. Sets the tone for an European view of a AA legend. The people in his family are just as negative as JB is portrayed to be. Dad a gambler, Mom abandons him an so fort and so on to the majority of people in James life. There may have been some truth to the references but it's played out like a horror show. Excruciating and insulting as an AA to watch this lopsided movie. Spike Lee should have produced it adding his knowledge of the culture while NOT overemphasizing GROSS negativity. One of the worst scenes ever was a young woman making a PASS at James during dinner with the elders of the family SITTING at the table. (sickening and disrespectful) Really? That happened??? I give credit to the ACTOR playing James Brown but I turned off this ridiculous movie half way in to it. If I was at the theater I would have walked out.

  • August 30, 2014 ann safriet
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    This movie was Awesome! Chadwick nailed it with his look...singing...and dancing...it was like watching James Brown himself! I'm so glad we saw it...gave me a true understanding of the hardship Brown went through and surpassed with his talent. A wonderful portrayal and I hope he wins an Academy Award! He deserves it!

  • August 30, 2014 The Champ Family
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    Excellent movie and is looking forward to the DVD to come out. Chadwick Boseman is an excellent actor. He is the next Will Smith and Denzel Washington. The Jackie Robinson movie scored 100% and so did this movie. Congratulations Chadwick. Looking forward to move great performances.

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Box Office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' & 'Get On Up' Prove Older Moviegoers Still Matter

Posted by
Gary Susman on August 4, 2014

Hollywood thinks of summer as the time when kids buy most of the movie tickets, but this weekend's movies owed much of their sales to older audiences. Yep, even the comic-book adventure about the gun-...

'Get on Up 'Trailer: James Brown Shows Us How It's Done (VIDEO)

Posted by
Jenni Miller on May 28, 2014

Sometimes you've gotta start at the bottom to get on up. The latest trailer for the upcoming James Brown biopic "Get on Up" gives us a better look at the musician's tough upbringing and troubled yo...

'Get on Up' Trailer: James Brown Makes Music and Breaks the Rules (VIDEO)

Posted by
Kelly Woo on March 14, 2014

The Godfather of Soul will loom larger than life this summer in the upcoming biopic about James Brown's life, "Get on Up." A new trailer hits all the quality biopic checkboxes: Difficult childhoo...

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