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On route to the stage, singer James Brown recalls a life with a turbulent childhood where music was his only constructive release for his passions. A chance demonstration of that in prison led to a new friend who helped get him out and into a musical career. With his fire and creative daring, Brown became a star who defiantly created new possibilities in show business both on and behind the stage in face of racism and conventional thinking. Along the way, James would also become a peacemaker who redefined and raised the African-American community's feeling of self-worth when it was needed most. However, those same domineering passions would lead James Brown alienating everyone around him as his appetites became ever more self-destructive. Only after he hit rock bottom with a serious mistake does Brown realize what he needs to do make his life as the Godfather of Soul truly worthwhile.

Director: Tate Taylor
Writer: Jez Butterworth (screenplay), John-Henry Butterworth (screenplay), Steven Baigelman (story), Jez Butterworth (story), John-Henry Butterworth (story)
Production: Universal Pictures
Year: 2014
MetaScore: 71/100
ImdbRating: 6.9
BoxOffice: $22,838,662
Released: 01 Aug 2014
Awards: 5 wins & 18 nominations.

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James Brown - Chadwick Boseman
Bobby Byrd - Nelsan Ellis
Ben Bart - Dan Aykroyd
Susie Brown - Viola Davis
Joe Brown - Lennie James
Syd Nathan - Fred Melamed
Maceo Parker - Craig Robinson
DeeDee Brown - Jill Scott
Aunt Honey - Octavia Spencer
Ralph Bass - Josh Hopkins
Little Richard - Brandon Mychal Smith
Yvonne Fair - Tika Sumpter
Vicki Anderson - Aunjanue Ellis
Pee Wee Ellis - Tariq Trotter
Nafloyd Scott - Aloe Blacc
Baby Roy - Keith Robinson
Mick Jagger - Nick Eversman
Seminar Presenter - J.D. Evermore
Mavis - Carol Lee
Shirley Buell (as Cleta Ellington) - Cleta Elaine Ellington
Insurance Salesman - Jim Gleason
Reporter - Ahna O'Reilly
Black Infantryman - Antonius Charles
Black Infantryman - Donald Watkins
Soldier - Hunter Burke
Corporal Dooley - James DuMont
Little James Brown - Jamarion Scott
Little James Brown - Jordan Scott
Penelope White - Stacey Scowley
Reno Reporter - Rena DeAngelo
Gertrude Sanders - Liz Mikel
Bobby Bennett - Aakomon Jones
Lynched Man - George Quinones
Frankie Avalon - Aaron Jay Rome
Big Junior - Atkins Estimond
Daddy Grace (as Clyde R. Jones) - Clyde Risley Jones
1949 Cop - Matt Thompson
1949 Cop - Michael Papajohn
Big Kid - Denzel Reed
Grandpa Byrd (as Julius William Tennon) - Julius Tennon
Sarah Byrd - Taura Cherne
Announcer - Kirk Bovill
Diner Waitress - Cariella Smith
Velma Brown - Jacinte Blankenship
Female in Audience (as Sandra DeNnse Frazier Arnold) - Sandra DeNise
Susie's Soldier - Sheldon Frett
JB Chauffeur - Mario J. Radford
Alan Leeds - Joe Blankenship
Minder - Randy Smith
Teddy Brown - Alvin Edney II
Little Christmas Boy - Adrien Scott Robinson
Little Christmas Girl - Elliott June Rogers
Jimmy Nolen - Jamell Richardson
Mayor White - Jason Davis
Bootsy - Just N. Time
Catfish - David Carzell
Chicken - Dominic Thigpen
Pool Cleaner - Billy Slaughter
Tim Drummond - Christopher Rucinski
Paris Concert Goer - Madrianna Allen
Additional Voice (voice) - Nadège August
Mashed Potato Girl - Jaclyn Bethany
Concertgoer in Paris - Kevin Boff
Paris Concert-Goer - Jesse Brand
Insurance Agent - Aaron J. Brooks
Jimmy Rice - Kary Brown
Concert Goer - Mack Charles Brown
Paris Concertgoer - Tommy Brown
Loud James Brown Fan - Lisa Buckley
Concertgoer in Paris - Elizabeth Burcham
Concert Attendee - Winthorpe Burke
Concertgoer in Paris - Rebecca Chulew
Stage Jumper #7 - Artrial Clark
Flight Attendant - Cristie Schoen Codd
Audience Member - Laura Cooley
Boxer #5 - Kylen Davis
Clyde Stubblefield - Rob Demery
Radio DJ in Breakroom - Miles Donald
BackStage Hand - Derrick Dee Drake
Marrisa - Pauline Dyer
Concert Goer - Sydney E Eidt
Paris Concert Goer - Gregory Fears
Concertgoer in Paris - Felicity Flesher
Fainting James Brown Fan - Sommer Garcia
1969 Recording Engineer - Bryan Gildner
Lady at Concert in Paris - Gloria Gonnillini
Self (archive footage) - Lesley Gore
Paris Concert Fan - Shelby Gray
Infirmary Doctor - Stuart Greenwell
Deidra's Apollo Date - David Horace Greer
Airport Passenger - Ty Hill
Diner Patron - Jacelyn Howard
Audience member - Jacquelyn Twodat Jackson
Brian Wilson (Beach Boy) - Hudson Laird
Golfer - Lamar Lott
Military Police - Shumon Lucas
Camera man - Justin Mabry
Dennis Wilson - Christopher Wesley Moore
JB Body Guard - David Andrew Nash
Elite Luncheon Lady 1962 - Lindsay Peak
Press Reporter - Stacy Stephen Purser
Country Club Patron - Angela Ramsey
Highway Patrol - Anthony Ramsey
Marine - Kyle Rankin
President Lyndon B. Johnson - Charles R. Rooney
Gambler - Ben Sapp
Ski Party Dancer - Leslie Saucier
Band Manger - William Schaff
Johnny Terry - Philip A Scott
Country Club Patron - Robert Sizemore
Charles Conner - Edward Rashad Smith
Ski Party Dancer - Brett Sobel
Minders Guys - Joseph Stephens Jr.
Background - Chase Stevens
Boston Concertgoer - Eugenia Stewart
Socialite - Ted Warren
Paris Concert Goer - Kelly Wedgeworth
Parole Board Member - Doug Whitaker
Boston Concertgoer - Calvin Williams
Country Club - Cotton Yancey