Soul Men (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Soul Men (2008)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 4,634 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Music
  • Release Date: 7 November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Filming Location: Louisiana, USA
  • Gross: $12,081,447(USA)(1 February 2009)
  • Director: Malcolm D. Lee
  • Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac and Sharon Leal
  • Original Music By: Stanley Clarke   
  • Soundtrack: Soul Music
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Band | Reunion | Reunion Concert | Rapper | Box Office Flop

Writing Credits By:

  • Robert Ramsey (written by) &
  • Matthew Stone (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Final film for Isaac Hayes. Also final film for Bernie Mac, although Old Dogs, featuring Bernie Mac, was released later, Mac’s scenes in that movie were shot before Soul Men.
  • Both this film and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa are dedicated to Bernie Mac.
  • Two of the film’s co-stars, Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes, passed away within one day of each other. Bernie Mac passed away on August 9, 2008 and Isaac Hayes died one day later on August 10, 2008.

Goofs: Continuity: When they first put on their old suits to perform, Floyd's jacket rips up the back. When they appear on stage there is no rip in the jacket.

Plot: Though it's been some twenty years since they have spoken with one another, two estranged soul-singing legends agree to participate in a reunion performance at the Apollo Theater to honor their recently deceased band leader. Full summary » |  »

Story: When R&B legend Marcus Hooks dies suddenly, VH-1 invites his original back up duo, Floyd Henderson and Louis Hinds, "The Real Deal," to appear at a memorial tribute at the Apollo Theater. Floyd, who's bored in retirement, wants this more than anything; Louis, a philosophical ex-con, does not. Plus, there's bad blood between them (Louis's wife Odetta left him to marry Floyd – then left Floyd). Floyd begs, Louis consents but won't fly, so they leave L.A. in Floyd's flashy Cadillac with five days to get to New York. On the road, they must get back their vocal chops, renew their friendship, and sort out the past. With Floyd's bad hip and Louis's bad kidneys, will they even make it?Written by <>  


Synopsis: Two former backup soul singers, Louis (Samuel L. Jackson) and Floyd (Bernie Mac) who have not spoken to each other in 20 years reluctantly agree to travel across the country together to a reunion concert to honor their recently deceased lead singer (John Legend). Cleo (Sharon Leal), a beautiful young woman who is believed to be Floyd’s daughter, accompanies them as a new singer.

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Produced By:

  • Charles Castaldi known as producer
  • David T. Friendly known as producer
  • Steve Greener known as producer
  • W. Mark McNair known as executive producer (as Mark McNair)
  • Donald Sparks known as associate producer (as Donald L. Sparks)
  • Bob Weinstein known as executive producer
  • Harvey Weinstein known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Samuel L. Jackson known as Louis Hinds
  • Bernie Mac known as Floyd Henderson
  • Sharon Leal known as Cleo
  • Adam Herschman known as Phillip
  • Sean Hayes known as Danny Epstein
  • Affion Crockett known as Lester
  • Fatso-Fasano known as Pay-Pay (as Fatso Fasano)
  • Jackie Long known as Zig-Zag
  • Mike Epps known as Duane Henderson
  • John Legend known as Marcus Hooks
  • Isaac Hayes known as Himself
  • Vanessa del Rio known as Full-Figured Neighbor
  • P.J. Byrne known as Floyd's Doctor
  • Ken Davitian known as Ardesh Kezian
  • Jennifer Coolidge known as Rosalee
  • Sara Erikson known as Chastity
  • Soledad O'Brien known as Herself
  • Randy Jackson known as Narrator (voice)
  • Jackie Johnson known as Weather Woman
  • Shane Sampson known as Henderson Twin #1
  • Dylan Sampson known as Henderson Twin #2
  • Bart Hansard known as Flagstaff Lounge Manager
  • Michael Brouillet known as Keyboard Player (Flagstaff)
  • Sean Goulding known as Trombone Player (Flagstaff) (as Sean Robert Goulding)
  • Ritchie Montgomery known as Emmett the Drunk
  • Clay Yocum known as Audience Member (Flagstaff)
  • Juan Gabriel Pareja known as Tow Truck Driver (as Juan Pareja)
  • Lara Grice known as Peabody Desk Clerk
  • Paul T. Taylor known as Peabody Hotel Manager (as Paul Taylor)
  • Monyetta Shaw known as Odetta
  • Jody Thompson known as Deputy
  • Maurice DuBois known as Newscaster
  • Miko DeFoor known as Apollo Stage Manager
  • Michael Showers known as Detective in Charge
  • Millie Jackson known as Claudette
  • Willie Hall known as Himself
  • Ben Cauley known as Himself
  • Charles 'Skip' Pitts known as Himself (as Skip Pitts)
  • Scott Bomar known as Bassist
  • Archie 'Hubie' Turner known as Keyboard
  • Art Edmaiston known as Baritone Saxophone
  • Marc Franklin known as Trombone
  • Robin Moffett known as Female Singer
  • Ketrick Robinson known as Male Singer
  • Michael Franklin known as Trumpet Player
  • Jovan 'Jr.' Taylor known as Baritone Sax Player
  • Nathan Adams known as Tenor Sax Player
  • Michael C. 'Mike' Allen known as NYC Police Officer (uncredited)
  • LaVita Brooks known as Hotel Guest (uncredited)
  • NyaSimone Caldwell known as Henderson daughter (uncredited)
  • Keenan Carter known as Young Louis Hinds (uncredited)
  • Gary D. Earl known as Officer Harris (uncredited)
  • Ron Fagan known as Hotel Couple – Man (uncredited)
  • Ted Ferguson known as Dancing Cowboy (uncredited)
  • Michael Franklin known as Trumpet Player (uncredited)
  • Beth Hebert known as Masseuse (uncredited)
  • Cindy McBride known as Office Worker (uncredited)
  • Lee Ann McDade known as Apollo Audience Member / House of Blues Audience Member (uncredited)
  • Donald Meyers known as Man in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
  • Joey Robinson known as Foxy Lady (uncredited)
  • Franklin Ojeda Smith known as Impersonator / Isaac Hayes (voice) (uncredited)
  • Calvin Sykes known as Younger Floyd Henderson (uncredited)
  • Kenon Walker known as Beale St. Patron (uncredited)
  • Thomas Wallace known as News Photographer (uncredited)
  • Steven Whitemon known as Officer White (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Allan A. Apone known as makeup artist: Mr. Jackson (as Allan Apone)
  • Andrea Bowman known as assistant hair stylist (as Andrea 'Mona' Bowman)
  • Erica Brunson known as makeup artist
  • Kerri Bunn known as makeup artist: Memphis
  • Teressia Carter known as hair stylist: Mr. Mac
  • Krystal Kershaw known as assistant makeup artist
  • Susan Laprelle known as hair technician
  • Linda Lazar known as additional makeup artist
  • Pauletta O. Lewis known as key hair stylist (as Pauletta O. Lewis-Irwin)
  • Vonda K. Morris known as makeup department head
  • LeDiedra Richard-Baldwin known as key makeup artist (as Le Diedra Richard-Baldwin)
  • Yolanda Sheridan known as makeup artist
  • Robert L. Stevenson known as department head hair stylist (as Robert Louis Stevenson)
  • Victoria Wood known as wig maker: Samuel Jackson, Bernie Mac
  • Crystal Woodford known as assistant hair stylist (as Crystal R. Woodford)
  • Dionne Wynn known as assistant makeup artist
  • Adam Brandy known as special makeup effects laboratory technician: lace hair piece prep (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Keith Abel known as on-set dresser
  • Aaron Boutte known as art production assistant
  • Marcia Bruscato-Poss known as construction buyer
  • Todd Clevenger known as scenic artist
  • Nick S. Cross known as art department production assistant
  • Ken Deubel III known as lead scenic
  • Will E. Drummond known as set dresser
  • Frank Gray III known as set dresser: Memphis
  • Frank Hendrick known as set dresser
  • Nicole LeBlanc known as art department coordinator
  • Joe McCusker known as construction coordinator
  • Bryce Moore known as assistant property master
  • Roy 'Bucky' Moore known as property master
  • Jessica Navran known as set designer
  • Noel Rideout known as set dresser
  • Corie Savary known as art department production assistant
  • Nicholas Scott known as assistant art director
  • Greg Washington known as construction medic
  • John N. Wood known as set dresser


Production Companies:

  • Dimension Films
  • Friendly Films (II)

Other Companies:

  • Nina Saxon Film Design  titles
  • C5  foley recording facility
  • Capitol Studios  songs recorded at
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • Corbis  stock footage and images
  • Getty Images  stock footage and images
  • LA House of Props  product placement: manufacturer
  • Legacy Recording Studios  songs mixed at (as Legacy Studios, NYC)
  • Looking Glass Studios  score recorded at
  • Louisiana Media Productions  production services
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • Orbit Digital  thanks
  • PostWorks, The Lab  processing
  • Postworks New York  HD dailies
  • Scarlet Letters  end title sequence
  • Searchworks  additional clearances (as Searchworks Research and Clearance)
  • Searchworks  music clearances (as Searchworks Research and Clearance)
  • Sony Pictures Stock Footage  stock footage
  • Sound One  re-recorded at
  • Sound One  thanks
  • Soundtrack  sound re-recording facility
  • Stax Records  soundtrack
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate
  • Trevanna Post  post-production accounting
  • University of Texas Libraries  stock footage and images
  • Vivid Entertainment  stock footage and images


  • Alliance Films (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Culture Publishers (CP) (2010) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Genius Products (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • High Fliers Distribution (2011) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • RhinoFX (visual effects) (as Rhino FX)

Visual Effects by:

  • Cara Buckley known as visual effects producer: RhinoFX
  • Matt Connolly known as animator
  • Camille Geier known as visual effects executive producer: RhinoFX
  • Mickey Gorenstein known as Flame compositor: RhinoFX
  • Lucien Harriot known as visual effects producer: Mechanism Digital
  • Lucien Harriot known as visual effects supervisor: Mechanism Digital, Inc.
  • Karin Levinson known as production executive: RhinoFX
  • Yuval Levy known as CG supervisor: RhinoFX
  • Ashley Lomax known as modeler: RhinoFX
  • Bogdan Mihajlovic known as matchmove technical director: RhinoFX
  • David W. Reynolds known as Flame compositor: RhinoFX
  • David W. Reynolds known as digital compositor
  • Jim Rider known as visual effects supervisor: RhinoFX
  • Traceigh Scottel known as production supervisor: visual effects unit
  • Michael Viscione known as lighter: RhinoFX
  • Richard Weissman known as Flame compositor

Release Date:

  • Canada 7 November 2008
  • USA 7 November 2008
  • Malaysia 9 April 2009
  • Portugal 9 April 2009
  • Netherlands 7 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 17 July 2009
  • Iceland 19 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 2 July 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • UK 17 January 2011 (DVD premiere) (Blu-ray premiere)
  • France 22 February 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for pervasive language, and sexual content including nudity


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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