• 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: Docudrama , Biography

Production Co: Jagged Films, Brian Grazer

Distributors: Universal Pictures

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

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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

  • 63
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    As superb as Boseman is - moving with athletic grace, doing splits with hair curled in a sky-high pompadour, approximating Brown's rapid-fire, guttural speaking voice without descending to Eddie Murphy SNL parody - he's never quite good enough to convince you you're watching the Hardest Working Man in Show Business up on screen. 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

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