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Bolden (2019)

R | | Drama | 3 May 2019 (USA)
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A mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the first Cornet King of New Orleans.

Director:

Dan Pritzker

Writers:

Dan Pritzker (screenplay), Dan Pritzker (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Carr ... Buddy Bolden
Erik LaRay Harvey ... Bartley
Ian McShane ... Judge Perry
Michael Rooker ... Pat McMurphy
Yaya DaCosta ... Nora Bolden
Reno Wilson ... Louis Armstrong
Robert Ri'chard ... George Baquet
Karimah Westbrook ... Alice Bolden
JoNell Kennedy ... Ida Bass
Kearia Schroeder ... Grace
Serena Reeder ... Mavis
Krystal Farris ... Belladonna
Christina Marie Karis ... Bernadette
Terri Abney ... Judith
Breon Pugh ... Willie Warner
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A mythical account of the life of Buddy Bolden, the first Cornet King of New Orleans.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Where the Music Began

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and graphic nudity, brutal violence, language and drug use
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bolden! See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

King Bolden See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bolden's cornet solos were performed by multiple Grammy winner, Wynton Marsalis. See more »

Quotes

Buddy Bolden: I play the church music better.
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So Disappointing
20 November 2019 | by alexmcteareSee all my reviews

I really wanted to like this film. Buddy Bolden is largely unknown, but his legacy is immense. I love Jazz and love New Orleans and have visited many times- the combination of Jazz, New Orleans and the story of Buddy Bolden had the potential to make a great film, sadly this was not the case. The facts of Bolden's life are sparse, so there was a lot of room to tell a story. Racism was touched on, but should have been explored more fully. What you get is an impression and very little story telling. The story seems to be told in the first 20-30 minutes of the film, and then just repeated to the end. I was expecting more of the music, given Wynton Marsalis's involvement, but was again disappointed. There was very little of New Orleans itself in the film- again a missed opportunity. Overall, extremely disappointing.


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