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Release Date:
25 March 1976 (Netherlands) See more »
Mahogany - the woman every woman wants to be - and every man wants to have See more »
Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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"People may deceive, outwit, and humiliate. A gun simply BLOWS a head off!" See more (40 total) »


  (in credits order)

Diana Ross ... Tracy Chambers

Billy Dee Williams ... Brian Walker

Anthony Perkins ... Sean McAvoy

Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Christian Rosetti

Beah Richards ... Florence

Nina Foch ... Miss Evans

Marisa Mell ... Carlotta Gavina
Lenard Norris ... Wil
Jerome Arnold ... Campaign Worker
Pemon Rami ... Campaign Worker
Obelo ... Campaign Worker
Ira Rogers ... Stalker
Kristine Cameron ... Instructress
Ted Liss ... Sweatshop Foreman

Bruce Vilanch ... Dress Manufacturer
Don Howard ... Dress Manufacturer
Albert Rosenberg ... Dress Manufacturer
Marvin Corman ... Cab Driver
E. Rodney Jones ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Dan Daniel ... Giuseppe (as Daniel Daniele)
Princess Galitzine ... Princess Galitzine
Jacques Stany ... Auctioneer - Fashion Show
Achille Brugnini ... Salesman (as Achille Brunini)
Edward Van Sickle ... Ad Agency Executive (as Edward Van Sycle)
Giovanni Di Benedetto ... Ad Agency Executive (as Gianni Di Benedetto)
Roger Browne ... Ad Agency Executive (as Roger Bill Brown)
C. Mitchell ... Ad Agency Executive
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Denise Gordy ... (uncredited)
Jesse Kitten ... Unemployed Lathe Operator (uncredited)

Robert Townsend ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Berry Gordy 
Tony Richardson (uncredited)
Jack Wormser (segment) (uncredited)
Writing credits
John Byrum (screenplay)

Toni Amber (story)

Produced by
Jack Ballard .... producer
Rob Cohen .... producer
Neil Hartley .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michael Masser 
Cinematography by
David Watkin 
Film Editing by
Peter Zinner 
Casting by
Elizabeth R. Woodman  (as Elizabeth Woodman)
Joe Scully (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Aurelio Crugnola 
Leon Ericksen  (as Leon Erickson)
Kevin Biles (art director: act 2 musical) (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Franco Fumagalli 
James Ryan 
Costume Design by
Diana Ross 
Makeup Department
Franco Corridoni .... makeup artist
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... hair stylist
Wally Schwartz .... makeup artist
Jerry Turnage .... hair stylist: Ms Ross (as Jerry Tournage)
Jerry Turnage .... makeup artist: Ms Ross (as Jerry Tournage)
Production Management
Carol Caruso .... post-production assistant
William Clarkson .... unit production manager
David McCann .... post-production supervisor
Manrico Melchiorre .... unit production manager (as Manrico Melchiore)
Mario Olivieri .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Piero Amati .... second assistant director
Bob Dahlin .... second assistant director (as Robert Dahlin)
Andrew Grieve .... first assistant director
Art Department
Julio Martinez .... illustrator: costumes
Marcello Medoni .... property master
Stanley Roginsky .... property master
Kevin Biles .... production desgner (segment) (uncredited)
Sound Department
Curt Frisk .... boom operator
Bobbe Kurtz .... loop editor
Don H. Matthews .... production sound (as Don Matthews)
Richard Portman .... re-recording mixer
Kay Rose .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Peter Anderson .... visual effects (segment) (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill A. Allen .... gaffer
John D. Crededio .... key grip
Peter Ewens .... camera operator
Alan McCabe .... camera operator
Alvaro Romagnoli .... gaffer
Sergio Serantoni .... key grip
Vilmos Zsigmond .... additional photography by (segment) (uncredited)
Casting Department
Pemon Rami .... casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irène Galitzine .... costume designer: auction fashion sequence (as Princess Galitzine)
Susan Gertsman .... wardrobe coordinator: Ms Ross
Jay Hurley .... costumer
Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca .... wardrobe supervisor (as Annalisa Nasalli Rocca)
Editorial Department
Jack Cole .... montage
Claudio M. Cutry .... assistant editor (as Claudio Cutry)
Location Management
Dennis Judd .... location auditor
Music Department
Gil Askey .... composer: additional music
George Brand .... music editor
Lee Holdridge .... conductor
Lee Holdridge .... music arranger
Other crew
Shelly Berger .... creative consultant
Chris Clark .... creative assistant
Janet Hubbard .... executive assistant
Jho Jhenkins .... choreographer
Patti Rayner .... assistant to producers
Sioux Richards .... script supervisor (as Sioux Oehler)
Francesca Roberti .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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109 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The role of Tracy Chambers was originally written for Liza Minelli but was eventually offered to Diana Ross.See more »
Continuity: The final shot of the film (an overview of the crowd gathered to hear Brian's speech) shows Tracy rushing up to Brian and madly embracing him, but moments earlier they had already walked up to each other in the middle of that crowd and kissed.See more »
Tracy:The men love me, the women love me, the children love me... You're just jealous Brian 'cause no one loves you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Devil in the BottleSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"People may deceive, outwit, and humiliate. A gun simply BLOWS a head off!", 15 September 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

Poor inner-city girl (Diana Ross) just wants to be a successful fashion designer but can't get a big break. She finally does get a break, not as a designer but as a model. She becomes world famous and eventually gets the chance to show the world her designs. Oh, and there's some stuff about an up-and-coming politician (Billy Dee Williams) she loves and a homosexual photographer (Anthony Perkins) who "understands the needs of a woman."

Cheesy kitsch from Berry Gordy. The story is trite and the performances are mostly unimpressive. Anthony Perkins does ham it up, which is the primary reason to recommend this. Once his character is gone the movie goes downhill fast. Also features B-movie legend Nina Foch and the film debut of Bruce Villanch. Diana Ross shows her limitations as an actress but at least she does so in hilariously awful fashion. Speaking of fashion, don't eat before seeing this movie or you might lose your lunch at the sights of some of the terrible dresses on display. It was the '70s, baby. Diana sings the theme song ("Do You Know Where You're Going To") that plays throughout the movie. It didn't impress me much at first but damned if it wasn't stuck in my head by the end. It's not a good movie but there is so-bad-it's-good value.

Watch for the ghetto photo shoot scene. As Diana and Billy Dee argue there's this background actor in between them whose eyes just go from one actor to the other as they say their lines like he's watching a tennis match. All of the other actors behind them look away from them, pretending they aren't talking loudly right in front of everybody. But not this guy. I don't know if he was an actual actor or an extra or what but sticking him in the middle of the scene turns a dramatic scene into comedy. A perfect example of the kind of quality that went into making this.

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