- 2 hr 6 min
Leadbelly is a 1976 movie directed by Gordon Parks. Roger E. Mosley stars as Leadbelly. Leadbelly was a larger-than-life musical figure who straddled the fence between blues and folk music. Leadbelly’s real name was Huddie Ledbetter. The American folklorists John and Alan Lomax discovered Leadbelly in the Angola State Prison in Alabama. The movie is set in the 1940s, and the story is told in a series of flashbacks about his youth. The movie touches on his troubles with the law, his relationships with women and his musical development. This is a must see movie for fans of blues and roots music.