• Get On Up (2014)

Get On Up

Release Date: August 1st, 2014

DVD Release Date: January 6th, 2015

PG-13 |2 hr 18 min

Plot Summary

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 sexual energy.

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

Director: Tate Taylor

Genres: Biography , Docudrama

Production Co: Jagged Films, Brian Grazer

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Car, Temptation, 1980s, Prison, 1970s, Rise, Brash, 1960s, 1990s, 1930s, Creative, Hotel, Mother, 2000s, House

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    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

  • 70
    Sheri LindenThe Hollywood Reporter

    In Chadwick Boseman, it has a galvanic core, a performance that transcends impersonation and reverberates long after the screen goes dark. show more

  • 56
    Kate ErblandFilm.com

    Taylor’s film so egregiously picks and chooses from Brown’s life that the result is a holey and unsatisfying document that fails to give due respect to much of the singer’s life (especially the more unsavory stuff). show more

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Action Performance By a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)