Black Snake Moan

Black Snake Moan

Craig Brewer (2006)

15 Certificate


Our Score
After putting a sympathetic gloss on pimping in Hustle & Flow, writer/director Craig Brewer pushes more emotional hot buttons in this outrageous Deep South melodrama. Christina Ricci oozes raw sexuality as small-town nymphomaniac Rae, who's left for dead by the roadside following a wild night. She's taken in by a God-fearing former blues musician (an intense Samuel L Jackson) who decides to cure the scantily clad girl of her lasciviousness - by chaining her to his radiator for some carnal cold turkey. Evoking the ambience of 1970s exploitation films, Brewer delivers a questionable, yet surprisingly entertaining, morality tale about sex, race and the redemptive power of the blues. Although the film's serious execution doesn't really suit its lurid subject matter, the whole thing is deliciously absurd - almost every cliché-riddled scene provokes laughter rather than empathy. Juicy dialogue and a sizzling soundtrack add to the guilty pleasure, and there's strong support from singer Justin Timberlake as Rae's soldier boyfriend.


A self-destructive nymphomaniac ends up badly beaten and left for dead by the side of the road. She is rescued by a devoutly religious former blues musician, who nurses her back to health - then keeps her chained up in his home as he tries to save her soul. Drama, starring Christina Ricci, Samuel L Jackson, Justin Timberlake and S Epatha Merkerson.

Cast & Crew

Lazarus Samuel L Jackson
Rae Christina Ricci
Ronnie Justin Timberlake
Angela S Epatha Merkerson
Reverend RL John Cothran Jr
Tehronne David Banner
Gill Michael Raymond-James
Rose Woods Adriane Lenox
Sandy Kim Richards
Lincoln Neimus K Williams
Deke Woods Leonard L Thomas
Mayella Ruby Wilson
Bojo Claude Phillips
Jesse Amy Lavere
Director Craig Brewer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVDReleased on: 18 May 2007