Thunder Soul

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Released 2012

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Director:
Mark Landsman
Released:
2012
Rating:
PG
Jamie Foxx presents the inspiring, music-filled true story of high school band leader "Prof" Johnson, who took a ragtag jazz band and transformed them into the legendary funk powerhouse that took the nation by storm. Now decades later, "Prof's" students prepare to gather and celebrate the man who taught them about pride, honor and the power of a deep groove in this unforgettable story.

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  • 100

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    By introducing funky licks, fancy footwork and many of his own compositions to the band's stodgy set list of jazz standards, this indomitable leader (whose declining health adds a ...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times

    Though it sometimes overplays the sentimentality, Thunder Soul gets not just the music but also the sense of possibility for this post-civil-rights generation.

  • 80

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Mark Landsman's spirited Thunder Soul offers a heaping helping of uplift while documenting the past triumphs and recent reunion of a predominantly black Houston high school's singu...

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