Follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

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Lee Daniels

Writers:

Suzan-Lori Parks (screenplay by), Johann Hari (based on the book "Chasing the Scream" by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andra Day ... Billie Holiday
Leslie Jordan ... Reginald Lord Devine
Miss Lawrence ... Miss Freddy
Natasha Lyonne ... Tallulah Bankhead
Trevante Rhodes ... Jimmy Fletcher
Dusan Dukic ... Joe Glaser
Erik LaRay Harvey ... James Monroe
Da'Vine Joy Randolph ... Roslyn
Koumba Ball Koumba Ball ... Lucille
Kate MacLellan ... Working Class Woman
Kwasi Songui ... Working Class Man
Adriane Lenox ... Mrs. Fletcher
Letitia Brookes ... Velva
Tyler James Williams ... Lester Young
Warren 'Slim' Williams Warren 'Slim' Williams ... Bobby Tucker (as Slim Williams)

In Focus: Andra Day

Grammy nominee Andra Day picked up a Golden Globe Best Actress nomination for The United States vs. Billie Holiday. We take a look at her career on and off the stage.

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Follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

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Her Voice Would Not Be Silenced

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Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong drug content, sexual content, nudity, language throughout, some lynching images and violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The songwriter of "Strange Fruit", Abel Meeropol, and his wife, adopted and raised the sons of Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed for treason on June 19, 1953. See more »

Goofs

At 36:33, an elderly couple of Chinese are speaking standard Mandarin in a restaurant presumably in Harlem. However, Mandarin speakers would have been extremely rare in New York or anywhere else beyond Northern China at that time and for several decades afterwards. Any Chinese in New York and the rest of the States and Europe would have been speaking Cantonese, Hokkien, or some other Southern Chinese dialect, with the exception of the wealthier Shanghainese, who had their own dialect until very recently. See more »

Quotes

Billie Holiday: [Jimmy steps on Billie's skirt while they are waltzing] Jimmy! Prada! This dress is Prada!
Jimmy Fletcher: Baby, they didn't make Prada back then.
Billie Holiday: Fuck you, n*****!
Jimmy Fletcher: [Billie walks away] Billie!
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Struttin' with Some Barbecue
Written by Lil Armstrong (as Lillian Hardin Amstrong) and Don Raye
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of Verve Records, under exclusive license from Unviersal Music Canada Inc.
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Andra Day is great...
8 March 2021 | by directortim2012See all my reviews

But the film is a mess. Poorly written, haphazardly directed and edited. I love Billy Holiday and I should have loved this movie. Grateful for Andra Day's performance. It's up there with Frances McDormand's work in Nomadland as a top Oscar contender.


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Country:

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English | Italian | German

Release Date:

26 February 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billie See more »

Filming Locations:

Montreal, Québec, Canada

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$9,287
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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