Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (movie)

2020 film by George C. Wolfe

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a 2020 American drama movie directed by George C. Wolfe and written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. It is based on the play of the same name by August Wilson.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Directed byGeorge C. Wolfe
Screenplay byRuben Santiago-Hudson
Based onMa Rainey's Black Bottom
by August Wilson
Produced by
CinematographyTobias A. Schliessler
Edited byAndrew Mondshein
Music byBranford Marsalis
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • November 25, 2020 (2020-11-25) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$20–30 million[2]

The movie was produced by Denzel Washington, Todd Black, and Dany Wolf. It stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, with Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, and Michael Potts.

The movie is about Ma Rainey and talks about her career in Chicago during the 1920s and how her career was affected by racism.

It was released on a limited theatrical release on November 25, 2020, before beginning to stream on Netflix on December 18.


  1. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom". Netflix. Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  2. Moreau, Jordan (October 30, 2020). "'Mank' First Reactions: David Fincher Is a 'Technical Genius' With 'Exquisitely Crafted' Film". Variety. Retrieved November 2, 2020.