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Who Do You Love (2008)

  • Rate: 5.3/10 total 71 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime: USA:91 min | Canada:90 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Filming Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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Who Do You Love (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Who Do You Love (2008)
  • Rate: 5.3/10 total 71 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime: USA:91 min | Canada:90 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Filming Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Director: Jerry Zaks
  • Stars: Jon Abrahams, Gralen Bryant Banks and Brett Beoubay
  • Original Music By: Jeff Beal   
  • Plot Keyword: Music Business | Beautiful Woman

Writing Credits By:

  • Peter Wortmann (written by) &
  • Robert Conte (written by) (as Bob Conte)

Known Trivia

    Plot: The life story of legendary record producer Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records, the label that helped popularize Blues music during the 1950s and '60s. |  »

    Story: The life story of legendary record producer Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records, the label that helped popularize Blues music during the 1950s and '60s.

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Les Alexander known as producer
    • Gideon Amir known as executive producer
    • Andrea Baynes known as producer
    • Dennis A. Brown known as executive producer
    • Robert Conte known as co-producer
    • Jonathan Mitchell known as producer
    • Peter Wortmann known as co-producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Jon Abrahams known as Phil Chess
    • Gralen Bryant Banks known as Black Guy
    • Brett Beoubay known as Bo Diddley's Manager
    • Rus Blackwell known as Missouri Sheriff
    • Marcus Lyle Brown known as Jess
    • Chris Burnett known as Stage Manager
    • Stephanie Renee Casso known as Passerby
    • Joe Chrest known as Malcolm Chisholm
    • Noell Coet known as Frances
    • Joshua Davis known as Terry Chess
    • Miko DeFoor known as Little Walter
    • Marika Dominczyk known as Revetta Chess
    • Dominique DuVernay known as Core Swing Dancer
    • Megalyn Echikunwoke known as Ivy Mills
    • Honesty Edwards known as Toe Tapper
    • Thomas Elliott known as Radio DJ
    • J.D. Evermore known as Jake
    • Leslie Garrett known as Willie Dixon's girlfriend
    • Lisa Goldstein known as Sheva Chess
    • Russell M. Haeuser known as Concert Security Guard
    • Emily D. Haley known as Concert
    • TJ Hassan known as Lonnie Johnson
    • Brent Henry known as Police Officer
    • Albert H. Bongard IV known as Security Guard
    • Madeline Jane known as Concert Fan (as Madeline Gaudet)
    • Chris Kanakis known as Core Swing Dancer
    • Elise Kaywood known as Dancer
    • Jeremy Evan Kerr known as Assistant Stage Manager
    • Cynthia LeBlanc known as Concert Fan
    • Elton LeBlanc known as Security Guard
    • Ian Leson known as Alan Freed
    • Naima Lett known as Chess Receptionist (as Naima Imani Lett)
    • Earl Maddox known as Bar Owner
    • Tendal Mann known as Marshall Chess
    • Chi McBride known as Willie Dixon
    • Roy McCrerey known as Hank Lakin
    • Hunter McGregor known as Petey
    • Keb' Mo' known as Jimmy Rogers
    • Crystal Morgan known as Concert Fan
    • Alessandro Nivola known as Leonard Chess
    • David Oyelowo known as Muddy Waters
    • Ryan Puszewski known as Young Leonard Chess
    • Rachel-Sarah known as Dancer
    • Robert Randolph known as Bo Diddley
    • Nick Reasons known as Mover
    • Chris Richardson known as Doo Wop Singer
    • Kermit Rolison known as Mr. Fitzgerald
    • Benjamin Pete Rose known as Young Phil Chess
    • Heather Saint-Noel known as Waitress Deloris (as Heather Clark)
    • Logan Douglas Smith known as Chess Records Studio Engineer
    • Logan Stalarow known as Ethan
    • Martha Twombly known as Passerby
    • Millisia White known as Dance Coordinator / Lead Dancer
    • Rodney Wiseman known as Dancer
    • Scheryl W Brown known as Night Club Patron (uncredited)
    • Samuel Davenport known as Dancer (uncredited)
    • Jay Oliver known as Auto Driver (uncredited)
    • Lyssa Prine known as Patron (uncredited)
    • Terry Lee Smith known as Businessman (uncredited)
    • Louis St. Romain known as Gardener (uncredited)
    • Daniel Vincent known as Concert Fan (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Nikki I Brown known as additional makeup artist
    • Marcos Gonzales known as assistant hair stylist
    • Fleur Morell known as makeup department head
    • Susan 'Star' Orr known as assistant hair stylist
    • LeDiedra Richard-Baldwin known as third makeup artist
    • Yolanda Sheridan known as makeup artist
    • Aimee Stuit known as key makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Katie S. Anderson known as buyer
    • Brad Benischek known as scenic
    • Gail Briant known as lead scenic
    • Ryan Bust known as set dresser
    • Andrew M. Casbon III known as scenic
    • Gus Coto known as leadman
    • Oliver Doering known as assistant property master
    • Chad Harris known as set dresser
    • Beau Harrison known as props
    • Molly Harrison known as props
    • Dylan J. Hay Chapman known as graphic designer
    • Jeff Hinds known as props
    • Rich Hobaica known as property master
    • Benny S. Kenny known as set buyer
    • Noel Rideout known as set dresser
    • Niquan Riley known as on-set dresser
    • Wayne Softley Jr. known as painter
    • Chere Theriot known as art department coordinator
    • Marcus Turchi known as construction foreman




    Production Companies:

    • Alexander/ Mitchell Productions (presents)

    Other Companies:

    • Caballero Casting  extras casting
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera car
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
    • Event Rental  locations equipment rentals
    • Event Rental  portable power systems and cables
    • Event Rental  props
    • Film Production Capital  tax credit brokering
    • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
    • Louisiana Media Productions  production services
    • MS-Pro/MusicSupervisor.com  post-production (music services)
    • New Orleans Film Commission, The  film commission
    • Pigfactory  music provided by


    • International Film Circuit (2010) (USA) (theatrical)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Crazy Horse Effects (visual effects)
    • East Coast Films

    Visual Effects by:

    • Christina Graff known as visual effects producer: Crazy Horse Effects
    • Paul Graff known as visual effects supervisor: Crazy Horse Effects
    • Steven Messing known as digital matte painter
    • Brian Sales known as digital compositor

    Release Date:

    • Canada 11 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
    • France May 2009 (Cannes Film Market)
    • Canada 10 October 2009 (Vancouver International Film Festival)
    • Belgium 16 October 2009 (Gent International Film Festival)
    • USA 9 April 2010 (New York City, New York)
    • USA 16 April 2010 (Los Angeles, California)
    • USA 15 October 2010 (New Orleans Film Festival)
    • USA 20 February 2011 (San Diego Jewish Film Festival)



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. hsreviewonlinereviews from United States
      31 Mar 2012, 12:19 am

      "Who Do You Love (2010)" provides a great look into the world of musicduring the 50's and 60's, showing the audience how Blues becameextremely popular and how Rock and Roll was created, so if you canexpect anything walking in, it's fantastic music. The cast, includingAlessandro Nivola (Leonard Chess), David Oyelowo (Muddy Waters), ChiMcBride (Willie Dixon), Jon Abrahams (Phil Chess), Lisa Goldstein(Sheva Chess), Megalyn Echikunwoke (Ivy Mills), and Robert Randolph (BoDiddley), all put on phenomenal performances, all those that did usetheir musical vocals singing the classic songs that influencedgenerations as if they were their own. Jerry Zaks, who as a directorhas spent most of his career so far on television, has proved to handlea feature film quite well, using very good shots and angles as he hadwith his three episodes of "Two And A Half Men" (Episodes include"Tucked, Taped, and Gorgeous", "Aunt Myra Doesn't Pee A Lot", and "AndThe Plot Moistens"). Of the movies I have seen that were written byPeter Martin Wortmann and Robert Conte, this is by far their best, withcatchy, funny dialogue and smart, well thought out characters andevents (even though based on a true story). The movie depicts the startof a new world of music, something that went on to develop and changeinto a large amount of mini-genres and has shown all it's listeners anew way to express culture, feelings, actions, opinions, and the worldin general. "Who Do You Love" is recommended to everyone, but is a mustsee for lovers of old blues and classic rock and roll as well as theolder audience. 7.6/10


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    2. den_quixote from United States
      31 Mar 2012, 12:19 am

      This is the abridged version of the founding of Chess records, with theemphasis on Leonard Chess and his first big star, Muddy Waters. I justwatched this movie at a film festival, having not previously been awareof it. It is rather amateurish though some of the recreations ofperformances, like that of Bo Diddley in particular, and some of themusic is really excellent. My two big complaints involve first, thestory line, which emphasizes the life of Leonard Chess and about whichthere is very little to maintain a plot and second, the character ofIvy Mills, who seems to be a composite. She sings Etta James songs, forexample, but her story line does not parallel the life of Etta James,so this is also annoying to me. Though this is the story of the two menwho arguably provided the basis for the creation of rock and roll,there is precious little rock and roll music or history.

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