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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

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An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.

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George C. Wolfe

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Rebecca Skloot (based on the book written by), Peter Landesman (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Elise Goldsberry ... Henrietta Lacks
Sylvia Grace Crim ... Mary Kubick
Reed Birney ... Dr. George Gey
Karen Wheeling Reynolds ... Mrs. Margaret Gey (as Karen Reynolds)
John C. Vennema ... Board Administrator
Chasiti Ferrell Chasiti Ferrell ... Baby Deborah
Chelsea Ferrell Chelsea Ferrell ... Baby Deborah
Rose Byrne ... Rebecca Skloot
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Dr. Roland Pattillo
Oprah Winfrey ... Deborah Lacks
Jaedon Godley Jaedon Godley ... Davon
Rocky Carroll ... Sonny Lacks
John Douglas Thompson ... Lawrence Lacks
Roger Robinson ... Day Lacks
Adriane Lenox ... Barbara Lacks
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An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Carter Jr. plays Turner Station man #1 who donates blood for Henrietta. Alfred Carter Jr. is the real life son of Deborah Lacks and grandson to Henrietta Lacks. See more »

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Featured in 75th Golden Globe Awards (2018) See more »

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Songbird
Written by Kenny G (as Kenny Gorelick)
Performed by Kenny G
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Literally Pointless
23 April 2017 | by TeamRocket_JessieSee all my reviews

The movie should have been set in the 1950s because (A.) the movie should have been about Henrietta Lacks, and (B.) the flashbacks are the only remotely interesting things about the movie. Instead, there are meandering discussions among Henrietta's very annoying relatives (in the movie; I don't know what they're like in real life) about random parts of her life. I have absolutely no idea what the movie is supposed to be about. Henrietta's cells were valuable in scientific research, but that is covered within the opening credits. Normally I love Rose Byrne, but this script is so poor that it makes her seem like she has never acted a day in her life. Her character is only allowed to overreact and perpetually have a deer-in-the-headlights expression. Just. Plain. Awful.


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