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Leadbelly (1976)





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This biographical picture explores the troubled life of blues singer and master guitarist Leadbelly, who developed his style and wrote many of his songs during his frequent stints in prison. Featured performances are "&Rock Island Line" and "&Goodnight Irene". ~ Rovi

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Roger E. Mosley
as Huddie Ledbetter
Paul Benjamin
as Wes Ledbetter
Madge Sinclair
as Miss Eula
Alan Manson
as Prison Chief Guard
Albert Hall
as Dicklicker
Art Evans
as Blind Lemon Jefferson
John Henry Faulk
as Governor Neff
Dana Manno
as Margaret Judd
Lynn Hamilton
as Sally Ledbetter
Rozaa Jean
as Sugar Tit
James Brodhead
as John Lomax
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More of a rip-roaring adventure than a staid biopic, director Gordon Parks infuses the life story of Huddie Ledbetter with raw energy and a mindful perspective.

February 25, 2021 | Rating: 4.5/5.0 | Full Review…

Part of the problem is Roger E. Mosley. As Leadbelly, he never goes too deeply into his character and uses the same facial expression to convey happiness or anger.

October 31, 2019 | Full Review…

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