Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Lists: Drama, Music

Brief Synopsis: "Tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson's play."

Overall Ranking: 1888 (Rank from 2020: # 26)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 14.29%
Regular 28.57%
Half-Popped 57.14%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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People Involved

  • Viola Davis (Ma Rainey)
  • Chadwick Boseman (Levee Green)
  • Colman Domingo (Cutler)
  • Glynn Turman (Toledo)
  • Michael Potts (Slow Drag)
  • Jeremy Shamos (Irvin)
  • Jonny Coyne (Sturdyvant)
  • Taylour Paige (Dussie Mae)
  • Dusan Brown (Sylvester)
  • Joshua Harto (Policeman)
  • Quinn VanAntwerp (Band Singer)
  • Antonio Fierro (Laborer)
  • Roger Petan (Businessman)

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