DVD 115 mins IMDB 7.5
R (Restricted)
Black Snake Moan
Paramount Pictures (3/2/2007)
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(6/16/2007 )

John Wood
Drama, Romance
USA  /  English

Samuel L. Jackson Lazarus
Christina Ricci Rae
Justin Timberlake Ronnie
S. Epatha Merkerson Angela
John Cothran Jr. Reverend R. L.
David Banner Tehronne
Kim Richards Sandy
John Cothran
Michael Raymond-James Gill
Adriane Lenox Rose Woods
Neimus K. Williams Lincoln
Leonard L. Thomas Deke Woods
Ruby Wilson Mayella
Claude Phillips Bojo
Amy Lavere Jesse
Clare Grant Kell

Director Craig Brewer
Producer Stephanie Allain; Ron Schmidt
Writer Craig Brewer

The lurid scenario--a nymphomaniacal white trash nymphet (Christina Ricci) is held prisoner by a bitter bluesman (Samuel L. Jackson)--gives way to an affecting tale of redemption in Black Snake Moan, writer/director Craig Brewer's follow-up to the acclaimed Hustle & Flow. Lazarus (Jackson, Jungle Fever, Pulp Fiction) finds Rae (Ricci, Monster, The Ice Storm) beaten unconscious on the road in front of his backwoods house. After bringing her inside, he learns of her wanton ways and decides to exorcise his own demons by curing Rae of her sexual compulsion. Black Snake Moan could have been terrible, but Brewer takes his story seriously enough to dig into the genuine emotions of such a situation (though along the way he certainly flirts with sexploitation overtones--several scenes look like they were plucked straight out of a hitherto unknown 1970s trash classic). Ricci, Jackson, and the supporting cast (including pop star Justin Timberlake, giving a surprisingly good performance as Rae's boyfriend) treat the characters with respect, honesty, and humor. The result is off-kilter and maybe a little too fond of its sleazy cinematic forbears to truly hit the emotional notes it's after, but Black Snake Moan has considerably more substance than its marketing would suggest. --Bret Fetzer

Edition Details
Distributor Paramount Home Video
Barcode 097363461944
Region Region
Release Date 6/26/2007
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
No. of Disks/Tapes 1
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Purchase Date 6/16/2007
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