"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is a 2020 American drama film directed by George C. Wolfe.
The starring cast includes Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, Jonny Coyne, Taylour Paige, Jeremy Shamos, Dusan Brown, Joshua Harto and others.

Here are "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom movie?

Netflix on Monday, October 19, 2020 released the trailer for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" you can watch here:
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom | Official Trailer | Netflix.

Plot summary

What is Ma Rainey's Black Bottom movie plot?

Here is a short review of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" movie plot summary.

In 1927, Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) is a highly regarded blues singer who has recently been contracted by white producers. A recording session for songs by Ma is scheduled by her manager Irvin (Jeremy Shamos) to take place at Paramount recording studios in Chicago. Seasoned Georgia Jazz Band members Toledo (Glynn Turman), Cutler (Colman Domingo), and Slow Drag (Michael Potts) arrive on time without Ma, frustrating her producer Mel Sturdyvant (Jonny Coyne). They are soon joined by Levee Green (Chadwick Boseman), the band's overconfident trumpeter who has shown Sturdyvant his original compositions in the hopes of breaking away from Ma and getting his own record deal. The rest of the band disapproves of this.
Ma arrives an hour late with her girlfriend Dussie Mae (Taylour Paige) and her nephew Sylvester (Dusan Brown). Ma immediately forces Sturdyvant to have the opening words of the album be spoken by Sylvester, who has a blocking stutter. As a result, the group has to do multiple takes of the song "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," much to the band's frustration.
Ma interrupts the session after Irvin fails to bring her Coca-Cola, forcing Slow Drag and Sylvester to get her one. Ma complains to Cutler that her white bosses do not care for her as a person in part because of her race, and he agrees; she tells him that she does not want to be bossed around for her own art and should be allowed to do what she pleases. Meanwhile, Levee and Dussie Mae have sex in the practice room.
The group finally manages to go through a full session, but discover an equipment failure has caused it to not be recorded. The band blames Levee, who they think tripped over a wire while eyeing Dussie. Their argument leads to the religious Cutler talking about how a preacher he once knew was forced to dance for some white men and tear up his Bible while waiting for his train. Levee brushes off the story, saying that if there was a God, he would care for black people, which he never has. Cutler attacks Levee in anger, leading Levee to briefly brandish a knife in retaliation.


Who plays who in the Ma Rainey's Black Bottom movie?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Viola Davis  as Ma Rainey
Chadwick Boseman  as Levee Green
Glynn Turman  as Toledo
Colman Domingo  as Cutler
Michael Potts  as Slow Drag
Jonny Coyne  as Mel Sturdyvant
Taylour Paige  as Dussie Mae
Jeremy Shamos  as Irvin
Dusan Brown  as Sylvester
Joshua Harto  as Policeman
Quinn VanAntwerp  as Band Singer
Chloe Davis  as Ma Rainey's Dancer
Mayte Natalio  as Ma Rainey's Dancer
Johanna Elmina Moise  as Ma Rainey's Dancer (as Johanna Moise)
Onyxx Noel  as Ma Rainey's Dancer
LaWanda Hopkins  as Ma Rainey's Dancer
Sierra Stewart  as Ma Rainey's Dancer
Malaiyka Reid  as Ma Rainey's Dancer
Catherine Foster  as Ma Rainey's Dancer

Release date

When is Ma Rainey's Black Bottom movie release date?

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" movie release date was scheduled to be on November 25, 2020 (United States) distributing by Netflix.


What are Ma Rainey's Black Bottom filming details?

The duration of the film is 94 minutes. The film's budget is $20 - 22.5 million.

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.


What are critics and audiences saying about Ma Rainey's Black Bottom movie?

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.1/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 98/100.

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