MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,015 this week

Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 2,289 users  
Reviews: 38 user | 20 critic

The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 14 Apr 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 24 May 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 08 Jun 2011
 
a list of 39 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

Lady Sings the Blues (1972) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lady Sings the Blues.

User Polls

Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hit! (1973)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A federal agent whose daughter dies of a heroin overdose is determined to destroy the drug ring that supplied her. He recruits various people whose lives have been torn apart by the drug ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, Paul Hampton
Double Platinum (TV Movie 1999)
Musical | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young singer is reunited with the mother who left her when she was a child.

Director: Robert Allan Ackerman
Stars: Diana Ross, Brandy Norwood, Christine Ebersole
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A woman who's been asleep for years is part of a carnival that sells her kisses for a buck. A lonely jazz musician buys her. Once awake, the two of them and his two girlfriends hook up. But sometimes, dreams are better than reality.

Director: James B. Harris
Stars: Zalman King, Carol White, Tisa Farrow
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best... See full summary »

Director: Martha Coolidge
Stars: Halle Berry, Brent Spiner, Klaus Maria Brandauer
Adiós Amigo (1976)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A cowboy's crimes are blamed on another man.

Director: Fred Williamson
Stars: Fred Williamson, Richard Pryor, James Brown
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A biography about the love affair between 1930s Hollywood superstars Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: James Brolin, Jill Clayburgh, Allen Garfield
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Sheila Levine is a Jewish-American princess and a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. An innovative, bright, but painfully introverted individual, she comes to New York City with her mother... See full summary »

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Jeannie Berlin, Roy Scheider, Rebecca Dianna Smith
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Richard Pryor is playing three different roles here. The first being a poor orange picker named Leroy Jones who gets laid off when by mistake he joins the worker's union during one of their... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Richard Pryor, Lonette McKee, Margaret Avery
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A white man goes on trial for having raped a black woman.

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Richard Pryor
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

This oddball counterculture comedy/drama follows Zalman King through a series of kooky misadventures while he searches for his life's purpose in New York City.

Director: Peter Locke
Stars: Zalman King, Allen Garfield, Suzette Green
The Boys (1962)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When the night watchman of a garage is found murdered, 4 young men are arrested and put on trial. Under cross-examination, suspects and witnesses give differing accounts of the same ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Richard Todd, Robert Morley, Dudley Sutton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Director: Romell Foster-Owens
Stars: Flynn Belaine, Cal Wilson, Reynaldo Rey
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Louis McKay
...
Piano Man
...
Reg Hanley (as James Callahan)
Paul Hampton ...
Harry
...
Jerry
Virginia Capers ...
Mama Holiday
Yvonne Fair ...
Yvonne
...
The Madame
Tracee Lyles ...
The Prostitute
...
The Agent
Milton Selzer ...
The Doctor
...
The Detective #1
Clay Tanner ...
The Detective #2
Jester Hairston ...
The Butler
Edit

Storyline

Born Elinore Harris, Billie Holiday had a difficult teen and young adulthood period, which included working in brothels, both as a cleaning woman and a prostitute, and being raped. Through this difficulty, she dreamed of becoming a jazz singer. She got her initial singing break when she applied at a Harlem club that was looking for a dancer, but where she got hired as a singer. There, she met and fell in love with the suave Louis McKay. After this initial break, Billie wanted her singing career to move to the mainstream clubs in downtown Manhattan. She took a risk when she agreed to be the lead singer for the Reg Hanley Band, a primarily white group, who convinced her that she would have to make her mark in regional tours before her Manhattan dream could happen. As Billie tried to advance her career, pressures of life, including being a black woman, led to her not so secret substance abuse (especially of heroin), not so secret because of her increasingly erratic behavior, both on ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

singer | singing | heroin | jazz | brothel | See more »

Taglines:

Diana Ross is Billie Holiday. Diana Ross sings Billie Holiday and a superstar is born. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 October 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ocaso de una estrella  »

Box Office

Gross:

$9,600,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Berry Gordy originally considered Four Tops' lead singer Levi Stubbs for the role of Louis McKay, but the group was touring Europe at the time. See more »

Quotes

Billie Holiday: How do you like your eggs?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.74 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy
Sung by Michael Jackson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Meandering biography of Lady Day...
27 July 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Diana Ross is quite superb as jazz singer Billie Holiday, but even so this clichéd bio-drama of the drug-addicted torch diva from the 1930s is hardly convincing. After an enjoyably overwrought prologue (with Holiday brutally incarcerated like a gangster out of a Jimmy Cagney flick), the movie sputters along familiar territory, and the burnished, brackish look of the picture--probably meant for prestige--is a visual downer. The tone wavers at times (a comedic sequence with Scatman Crothers is either a distraction or a relief), and the film's flashback structure is a cheap gimmick (you know you're in for it when the filmmakers start super-imposing headlines across the screen--it's movie shorthand for "we're running out of time"). Ross is a spectacular drawing card, but this vehicle for her debuting acting talents leaves much to be desired. **1/2 from ****


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Not A Good Movie bbwoof2000
If Diana had won the Oscar... Welch57
Best choice in a remake of new bio GreenEggandHams
Have not seen it. Why the R rating? jhudfan1
hot shot chalik360-1
question about a certain scene chalik360-1
Discuss Lady Sings the Blues (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?