Black Snake Moan

March 2nd, 2007


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A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 7.1/10 (34,302 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Craig Brewer

Stars: Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake

In rural Mississippi, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in reminding Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection.

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

Taglines: To save his soul he must save hers.


Official Website: Official site | Paramount [France] |

Release Date: 2 March 2007

Filming Locations: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,143,199 (USA) (4 March 2007)

Gross: $9,396,487 (USA) (20 May 2007)

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Did You Know?

Cedric Burnside and Kenny Brown, the members of Lazarus' band, are the grandchildren of legendary (but relatively unknown) blues singer R.L. Burnside. They played in his band while he toured up until his death in 2005. Additionally, the reverend (played by John Cothran Jr.) is named R.L. On a side note, features of Lazarus (played by Samuel L. Jackson), such as his hair and his history with the Juke Joint, are remarkably similar to Burnside's.

Continuity: When Lazarus is singing in the bar towards the end of the film. The cable on the microphone he is using keeps switching from being wrapped around the microphone stand, to just falling straight to the floor.

Lazarus: I'm cookin' steaks fah dinnah. I expect you to stay.

User Review

An excellent movie with disastrous marketing

Rating: 8/10

We just saw this film previewed before release at the Norfolk (VA) Film Forum, and there was general agreement on two matters: There were excellent performances in a first rate drama by the two leads and by others: and secondly, the marketing for this movie will only bring disaster. We saw a lurid poster with chains and suggestive commentary implying some sort of wacko sexual relationship between Samuel Jackson and Cristina Ricci, whereas the movie has some real depth and some thoughtful ideas. What's sad is that people looking for near porn will be drawn in to see the film and will be disappointed because it will be too "heavy" for them, while the people who would really enjoy it wouldn't be caught dead walking into the theater showing it. Too bad. A good film wasted.