In this legendary Gershwin opera set among the black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina, Bess - a woman with a disreputable history - tries to break free from her brutish... See full summary »

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In this legendary Gershwin opera set among the black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina, Bess - a woman with a disreputable history - tries to break free from her brutish lover Crown after he becomes wanted for murder. The only person willing to overlook her past and offer her shelter is the crippled Porgy. Their relationship is threatened by the disapproval of the townspeople, the presence of her old drug supplier Sportin' Life - and the threatened return of Crown. Written by scgary66

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24 June 1959 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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(70 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System)

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2.20 : 1
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Although passed by the British Board of Film Censors on 10 February 1960, the London premiere did not take place until 2 October 1962. The reason for the delay was attributed to Samuel Goldwyn's insistence that it be presented in Todd-AO, fearing that optical reduction to 35mm might spoil the effect. The only London cinema with the right equipment was the Dominion who were running South Pacific (1958) for a record-breaking four years. When Porgy and Bess was finally allowed to take over it ran for 23 weeks at the Dominion, then transferred to the Columbia, Shaftesbury Avenue, for a further five weeks. See more »

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Referenced in Hi, Mom! (1970) See more »

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There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Sammy Davis Jr.
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Why is this film not on video??
15 October 2001 | by (Fords,NJ) – See all my reviews

I was @ 13 yrs of age when I saw this greatly underappreciated film at The ADAMS theatre in Newark, NJ, I purchased the Program, and later bought the soundtrack... still have both.... I am now 55 + yrs.. and have not seen it since (possibly once on network TV, in 1960's???) One of the greatest casts ever assembled, great score and production , please let another generation see this great film... It was my introduction to opera, and aided with my understanding of Tolerance.. Please family of Gerswhins or Premingers, release this classic soon !!


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