Billie Holiday is one of the most iconic voices in jazz history. But did you know that the US government used her to racialize the war on drugs? Lee Daniels’ The United States Vs Billie Holiday is the story of her martyrdom.
In the 1940s, the US government uses the massive stardom of Billie Holiday to take the war on drugs to a new level. The state uses its propaganda arm to put Holiday’s drug use in the spotlight, culminating in a jail sentence and one of the most memorable Carnegie Hall performances in history.
Here’s everything you need to stream The United States Vs. Billie Holiday.
What is The United States Vs Billie Holiday?
This Lee Daniels film is loosely based on the non-fiction book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.
- Airtime: Premiers Friday, February 26
- Channel: Hulu
- Genre: Biographical drama
- Starring: Andra Day as Billie Holiday, Trevante Rhodes as Jimmy Fletcher, Natasha Lyonne as Tallulah Bankhead, Garrett Hedlund as Harry J. Anslinger, Miss Lawrence as Miss Freddy, Rob Morgan as Louis McKay, Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Roslyn, Evan Ross as Sam Williams, Tyler James Williams as Lester Young, Tone Bell as John Levy, Erik LaRay Harvey as Monroe, Melvin Gregg as Joe Guy, Dana Gourrier as Sadie Fagan, Leslie Jordan as Reginald Lord Devine
The United States Vs Billie Holiday Reviews
What the critics are saying:
- “This is gripping stuff, to be sure, yet the movie, volatile as it is, lacks a full dramatic center and the momentum that would flow out of it.” –Owen Gleiberman, Variety
How to stream The United States Vs Billie Holiday
The United States Vs Billie Holiday is available exclusively on Hulu.
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