PG-13 | | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.
With his Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actor, Mahershala Ali becomes the first black actor (male or female) to win twice in the supporting category. He is also the second black person (male or female) to win two competitive Oscars for acting-- the first being Denzel Washington who won in both the lead and supporting categories. Ali is also the first and as of 2019 the only Muslim (male or female) to win in an acting category and the first to win twice.
This could get bad, Doc.
Dr. Don Shirley: Yes. It's a shame we don't have something to protect us on our journey. Oh, I know. Why don't you put your lucky rock up on the dash, Tony? Come on, Tony, we need all the help we can get.
Dr. Don Shirley: Thank you. I feel safer already.
Tony Lip: ...
In the scene with a wrong piano - not a Steinway - provided for the concert, the piano lid is opened the wrong way. The correct way would be to flip the front part first, and then to raise the lid on the stick. But maybe it was done deliberately to illustrate the stupidity of the stage hand.
Real-life photos of Dr. Donald Shirley and Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, and a few insights into their life after the events in the movie, are shown before the credits roll.
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$320,429 (USA) (18 November 2018)
$83,279,956 (USA) (21 March 2019)