The United States vs. Billie Holiday

2021

Action / Biography / Drama / Music

17
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 56%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 9354

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Uploaded By: FREEMAN
May 13, 2021 at 05:20 AM

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Cast

Natasha Lyonne as Tallulah Bankhead
Garrett Hedlund as Harry Anslinger
Evan Ross as Agent Williams
Leslie Jordan as Reginald Lord Devine
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24 fps
2 hr 11 min
P/S 10 / 69
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English 5.1
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24 fps
2 hr 11 min
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1280*534
English 2.0
R
24 fps
2 hr 10 min
P/S 1 / 35
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1920*800
English 5.1
R
24 fps
2 hr 10 min
P/S 5 / 58

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ozjosh03 4 / 10

Lady Day vs Fake History

Lady Day deserves much better than this muddled, often tedious and substantially apocryphal "biopic" from Lee Daniels. In this telling of Billie Holiday's life the song Strange Fruit becomes central to the narrative, with government forces determined to stop her singing the mournful lament, afraid that it will ignite a civil rights movement. At one point she's even dragged from the stage after singing just the first few lines. The problem with all of this is it never happened. Federal Narcotics chief Harry Anslinger apparently claimed in letters that he "asked" holiday not to sing the song, but - even if that's true - that's about as far as it went. Holiday was never dragged off stage for singing the song; in fact, she sang the song in the very concert in which the film depicts this as happening. In any case, the civil rights movement was already a growing force long before Strange Fruit became a popular protest song. As for Billie, she was never especially political and was initially ambivalent about performing Strange Fruit. She was convinced more by the way it would be dramatically staged as a final number than by any notions about the political clout of the lyrics. So to make the song central to her life and have Billie so passionate about performing it any cost is in itself dishonest. But then so much of Daniels' film, from the weird Quentin Crisp-like Reginald Lord Divine character who interviews Billie (he never existed) to the romantic affair with FBI agent Jimmy Fletcher, for which there is zero evidence. At best the film offers brief glimpses into the reality of Billie's life, but they're so swamped with apocrypha that you'll have trouble identifying them. Which makes this a pretty messed up biopic, and an extremely half-assed tribute to the great singer. The only saving grace in all of this is Andra Day, who manages to look and sound like Billie for the most part. But even here there are caveats. Day's performances of Holiday's songs are more impressive as vocal impressions than they are for evoking the emotion and pathos that made Billie legendary. And, sad to say, her rendition of Strange Fruit is oddly stilted, almost bland. Not to mention severely truncated. Never mind that this is the song the entire film revolves around. Strange, indeed.

Reviewed by zac-68274 10 / 10

Phenomenal Performances With Exceptional Acting

This movie checked all boxes from award worthy acting throughout the cast with great timing and breathtaking cinematography. I've been a Billie Holiday fan since the 70s listening to and reading every Biography I ran across but I never asked myself the question with everything going on in the world why was the police department and government so concerned with a (Black) (Female) (Jazz) (Singer). Thank you Lee Daniels!

Reviewed by jaibranch-53526 10 / 10

Amazing performances

It seemed clear that so much of this was about addiction. Mostly the US governs fixation on white supremacy and stifling any freedoms of Black freedom or acknowledgment. In this era it is hard not to identify the governments role in the downfall of Black freed fights as anything other than criminal and horrible. We need more sunlight on these tales and this is an amazing scrapbook of Lady Days life

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