• Passing Strange The Movie (2009)

Passing Strange The Movie

Release Date: August 21st, 2009

DVD Release Date: January 12th, 2010

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 16 min

Plot Summary

Spike Lee's adaptation of the Broadway show "Passing Strange" presents the portrait of a musician as a young man. In 1970s Los Angeles, a talented but rebellious middle-class African-American discovers punk rock. Through the intervention of a sincere choir director, the young man travels to Europe, where his talents blossom, but at the expense of those who care for him. The film is based on the life of musician Stew, who appears as narrator and commentator on his younger, rasher self.

Cast: Stew , De'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Karen Pittman

Director: Spike Lee

Genres: Musical

Production Co: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks

Keywords: Mother, Creative, Spirited, Engaging, Los Angeles, 1980s, Growing up, 1970s, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    I can't single out a performance. This is a superb ensemble, conveying hat joy actors feel when hey know they're good in good material. This is not a traditional feature, but it's one of Spike Lee's best films. show more

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    As for Lee, he clearly relates to this material and the questions of political, musical and family identity he himself raised in films as diverse as "Malcolm X," "Mo' Better Blues" and "Crooklyn." show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    In directing the film, Lee allows the show's inherent vitality to carry the doc, relying on Stew's charismatic stage presence, the cast's absorbing performances and the production's effective combination of minimal staging and impressive lighting design to convey the musical's energetic celebration of artistic discovery. show more

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