Little Richard Movie Review 2000

Information and Film Reviews for Little Richard the Movie

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The struggle between rock 'n' roll and religion is the story behind this biography of the legendary Little Richard Penniman (well-played by Leon). Born in Georgia in 1943, the boy is too much of a sissy for his stern father (Lumbly) although his mother (Lewis) and local minister Preacher Rainey (Morris) encourage his singing in the choir. But soon Little Richard has succumbed to the secular and found success, although he comes to realize the inequities of the music business for a black man. But he also sees signs from God to leave show business for life in the ministry and continues to struggle between the two.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 120 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Biopics: Musicians, African America, Rock Flicks, American South, Period Piece: 1950s, Family Ties, Religion
Daniel Taplitz
Leon, Jenifer Lewis, Carl Lumbly, Tamala Jones, Mel Jackson, Garrett Morris
Edward Pei
Robert Townsend

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