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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.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 18 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    When Boseman shows us Brown doing his thing onstage, the movie comes alive. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The musical numbers, with Brown's remixed vocals and Boseman re-creating his signature dance moves, are mesmerizing. show more

  • August 25, 2014 pjsatinzoe3
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    Academy Award performance by Chadwick Boseman. He was mesmerizing as James Brown. What energy!!!!! Great film, great acting.

  • August 22, 2014 leahfairchild723
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    This was a great movie, and I found that the main actor represented Brown very well. Five stars form me!

  • August 20, 2014 blackfll
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    Great Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Posted by
Gary Susman on Aug 4th, 2014 1:30PM

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...

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

Posted by
Jenni Miller on May 28th, 2014 5:00PM

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...

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

Posted by
Kelly Woo on Mar 14th, 2014 6:00PM

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...

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