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Little Richard (2000)





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Robert Townsend directs this biopic on the life of one of the great early rock & roll entertainers -- Little Richard (played by Leon). The film charts Richard's rise from his humble origins in Macon, Georgia, to his chart-topping success to his much-reported return to the Church.


as Little Richard
Carl Lumbly
as Bud Penniman
Garrett Morris
as Preacher Carl Rainey
Jenifer Lewis
as Muh Penniman
Reynaldo Rey
as Sugarfoot Sam
William James Jones
as Billy Wright
Tamala Jones
as Lucille
Michael Ralph
as James LeRoy
Ski Carr
as Grady Gaines
Ali "Ollie" Woodson
as Baysee Robinson
Alimi Ballard
as Chuck Connors
Kenneth M. Young
as Lee Diamond
Mel Jackson
as Bump Blackwell
Karen Bankhead
as Dorothy La Bostrie
Gregory Cast
as Pat Boone
Anthony Lee
as Joe Lutcher
Robert Littman
as Don Arden
Conroe Brooks
as Sam Cooke
Biff Yeager
as Farm Hand
Virginia Watson
as Mrs. Clemens
Warren G.
as Studio Musician
Gregory Gast
as Pat Boone
Tressa Thomas
as Ruth Brown
Tariq Akoni
as Buster Douglas
Mike Kimmel
as Businessman
Johnny Britt
as Clifford Burke
Eric Hodges Jr.
as Young Richard
Deandre Dupois
as Youngest Richard
Roscoe Freeman
as Henry Nash
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Critic Reviews for Little Richard

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Little Richard is mostly Leon's energetic and remarkable impersonation of the rock legend from Macon, Georgia.

February 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The Quasar's live shows were legendary, but Townsend shoots them with all the electric energy and excitement of a Madison, Wisconsin dinner theater production of Smokey Joe's Cafe.

March 25, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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