Award-Winning Documentary, Maurice Hines: Bring them Back Offers an Intimate and Emotional Dance with the Tap Great
In celebration of Black History Month, Maurice Hines: Bring them Back will make its U.S. broadcast and streaming premiere on STARZ and the STARZ App in February 2022 and run on the network through 2023.
Directed by John Carluccio, the 92-minute documentary Maurice Hines: Bring them Back is a poignant portrait of the charismatic song-and-dance man Maurice Hines, following the dazzling elder showman from his tap-dancing childhood to today.
Maurice is a Tony-nominated “triple threat” — singer, dancer and actor. Hailed as “a high-energy hoofer with strong views,” the native New Yorker has a remarkable seven-decade career in show business. Beginning at age five, Maurice started tapping and performing with his younger brother, Gregory Hines. In the 1960s, the brothers performed with their father in the music trio, Hines, Hines and Dad. Maurice has starred in the musicals Eubie!, Sophisticated Ladies and Jelly’s Last Jam. He conceived, directed and choreographed the Broadway musicals Uptown…It’s Hot! (1986 Tony nomination) and Hot Feet (2006).
In this documentary, Maurice and friends—Chita Rivera, Mercedes Ellington and Debbie Allen—tell tales from his lengthy career, including Broadway shows, a co-starring role in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club and his loving yet complex relationship with his superstar brother, the late Gregory Hines. Maurice shares his story with humor and grace.
“We’re thrilled that our film will have a chance to reach a wider audience on STARZ, both from streaming and cable TV viewers,” says Carluccio. “As an overarching theme, I hope viewers gain a better understanding of the nuances of familial love…”
Recorded over the course of three years, the film magically intercuts rare archival footage with present-day moments, interviews and candid conversations with Maurice from age 73 to 75. Producers John Carluccio and Tracy E. Hopkins are proud to give this living legend his flowers and his turn in the spotlight while he’s still here to take a bow.
Maurice Hines: Bring them Back, “Digs much deeper than your usual showbiz doc,” says The Hollywood Reporter.
Executive-produced by Debbie Allen and Charles Randolph-Wright, the film has won Grand Jury awards at DOC NYC, the Dumbo Film Festival, and the American Black Film Festival (ABFF).
Maurice Hines: Bring them Back is now airing on STARZ and the STARZ app through 2023.