Black Snake Moan

Synopsis: In rural Tennessee, Lazarus, a former blues musician who survives by truck farming, finds a young girl nearly beaten to death near his home. She's the white-trash town tramp, molded by a life of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and verbal abuse from her mother, who seems to delight in reminding Rae of her mistake in not aborting her. Lazarus, who is also facing personal crisis at the dissolution of his marriage, nurses Rae back to health, providing her with gentle, fatherly advice as well as an education in blues music. Rae's boyfriend, Ronnie, goaded by the man who nearly beat Rae to death, misunderstands the relationship between Lazarus and Rae, and vows to kill him. Lazarus, exhibiting a street-smart understanding of violence and its motives, calls Ronnie's bluff, senses that he is as troubled as Rae, and becomes a guiding force in the young couple's resurrection.
Genre: Drama, Music
Director(s): Craig Brewer
Production: Paramount Vantage
  1 win & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

Ain't but one kind of blues.

And that consisted between

male and female that's in love.

ln love, just like

l sung one of them songs a while ago

and l put a verse in there

saying that love hide all fault

and make you do things

you don't wanna do.

Love sometimes

will leave you feeling sad and blue.

l'm talking about the blues!

l ain't talking about monkey junk.

And it consisted

between male and female.

And that means two people,

supposed to be in love

when one or the other

deceives the other through their love.


Are you okay? Baby?

Baby. Baby.

It's okay. It's okay.

It's okay. It's okay. It's okay.

lt's okay.

I never Iaid a hand on her in anger.

Not one time, R.L.

Not even when I was drinking.

But this here business

got me wondering

what a good shake and sIap

wouId do for her.

We gonna keep that taIk

between us now.

Don't you go in there

with that shit on your tongue.

I ain't start this shit, R.L.

You wanna pray with me

before you go in, Laz?

HeavenIy Father, we do not question

your divine pIan for us,

but in these times,

when our spirit Iies in shadow,

when we are Iost,

we ask for your strength.

We ask for strength

to surpass aII understanding.

In your name we pray. Amen.

Can't remember the Iast time

I saw you in that suit.

At your mamma's funeraI.

I was a paIIbearer, remember?

How about I get you foIks some coffee

before I take your order?

We won't be staying Iong.

Coffee wiII be fine.

We Ieaving this weekend.

Deke got a friend in MobiIe...

You gonna taIk about that motherfucker,

I'm just gonna get up

and Ieave you sitting here

in that new shit he bought you.

I thought we was gonna be friendIy

about this.

You sneaking around behind my back,

got everybody in town

Iooking at me Iike I'm a fooI.

What's friendIy about that?

I'm not ready to grow oId, Laz.

Living with you, I feeI it.

Like I'm one foot in the dirt.

Saw what happened to my mamma,

and that's not gonna happen to me.

I got Iiving to do.

And you gonna do that Iiving with him.

Look, Rose,

when foIk get sick,

they do what they can

to get on the mend, get weII.

Our marriage, it just done got sick.

Don't taIk to me about sick!

I ain't been right

since I moved into that drafty house.

Keeps the heat on.

That damn, rusty radiator

about burned the skin off my Iegs.

-Kept us warm for 12 years.

-Laz, you can't say nothing that's...

Look, Iook, Iook.

Look, maybe we can do Iike R.L. said,

come down to the church

and get with one of them counseIors.

I don't Iove you no more.

I'm sorry you hurting.

I said my piece.

God forgive you

for what you done to me.

Let me go.

My daddy toId me

a younger woman wouId bIeed me dry,

and that's what you've done.

-Laz, I said Iet...

-You better pray, gaI.

You hear me? You best pray.

Don't you Iay a curse on me!

Yeah, go on, Iook.

See if I give a shit

about any of you peopIe!

-You stiII want a Iift?


Transmission's shot.


Make sure you go see my Aunt Lori.

You gotta get rid of that cough.

This ain't gonna work.


-I don't see why we gotta

pretend about it when you and I

both know it ain't gonna work.

-Rae, pIease don't do this, okay?

-It's stupid!

-Rae. Rae!

-It's so fucking stupid!

Look it. I got something for us, okay?

Give me your hand.

Give me your hand.



Both these watches are gonna beep

at the same time, every night.

So no matter how far away we are,

we'II be thinking about each other.

Hey, Iook at me.

Look at me.

I gotta beIieve we can do this,

or I ain't gonna make it.


God, I Iove you.

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Craig Brewer

Craig Brewer (born December 6, 1971) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. His 2005 movie Hustle & Flow won the Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and achieved commercial success, along with an Academy Award for Best Original Song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp". more…

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