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Porgy and Bess (1959)

 -  Drama | Musical | Romance  -  24 June 1959 (USA)
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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... 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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Drama | Musical | Romance

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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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Trivia

For the film's screenplay, screenwriter N. Richard Nash simply converted much of the opera's sung recitative into spoken dialogue, although he did add several lines of his own. He even retained many of the same lines word-for-word. The recitative in "Porgy and Bess" is especially easy to turn into spoken dialogue because, unlike the main musical numbers, it closely follows the pattern of ordinary conversation, and does not rhyme. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Sidehackers (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Morning Sounds
(from an idea by Rouben Mamoulian) and "Good Mornin', Sistuh"
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by DuBose Heyward
Performed by workers and Sung by Chorus
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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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