Starring: Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige, Dusan Brown, Jonny Coyne, Jeremy Shamos


Netflix’s bio-drama directed by George C. Wolfe based on the play of the same name by August Wilson. The story is set in Chicago, 1927, during a recording session, over the course of an afternoon, as tensions rise between Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), the legendary “Mother of the Blues”, her ambitious horn player, Levee (Chadwick Boseman), and the white management determined to control her.


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We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now here’s a small selection.




Cutler: A-one, a-two, a-you know what to do.


Ma Rainey: This be an empty world without the blues. I try to take that emptiness and fill it up with something. But they want to call me Mother of the Blues, that’s alright with me. It don’t hurt none.


Irvin: Where’s the horn player?


Cutler: Come on, Levee. You rehears like everybody else.


Levee: I’m going to get me a band and make me some records. I knows how to play real music, not this jug band s**t.


Ma Rainey: You call that playing music?
Levee: Yeah, I know what I’m doing. Go on and fire me. I don’t care.


Levee: That’s to get to the people’s attention. That’s when you and Slow Drag come in with the rhythm part. Me and Cutler play on the break.


Cutler: Levee, the sooner you understand it ain’t what you say, it’s what Ma say that count.


Irvin: We’ll be ready to go in fifteen minutes.
Ma Rainey: We’ll be ready to go when Madam says we’re ready to go. And that’s the way it go around here.


Irvin: These records are going to be hits.


Slow Drag: Every colored man in the world got to do his part.
Levee: I’m going to tell the white man just what he can do.


Ma Rainey: They don’t care nothing about me. All they want is my voice.


Levee: How about them songs I give you?
Sturdyvant: They’re not the right songs. But I’ll take them off your hands for you.


Levee: I got my time coming to me.


Levee: You don’t know nothing about what kind of blood I got, what kind of heart I got beating here!


Irvin: Wonderful! We got that one. Good session, Ma. We got ourselves a winner.
Cutler: Yeah, you did it. You did good.


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