The United States Vs. Billie Holiday, 2021.
Directed by Lee Daniels.
Starring Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund, Melvin Gregg, Natasha Lyonne, Leslie Jordan, Tyler James Williams, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Rob Morgan, Miss Lawrence, Evan Ross, and Tone Bell.
If you enjoy the work of Lee Daniels, then you’ll love what he offers up in The United States Vs. Billie Holiday. Even with its melodrama, the power of the film’s story and acting make it worthwhile viewing. Join our host EJ Moreno as he discusses the film’s tone and how it’s held together by the powerhouse Andra Day.
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The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940s in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad, “Strange Fruit.”
The United States vs. Billie Holiday features a cast that includes Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Natasha Lyonne, Garrett Hedlund, Miss Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Evan Ross, Tyler James Williams, Tone Bell, and Erik LaRay Harvey.