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Writers (WGA):
Ron Hutchinson (story) and
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Release Date:
16 March 1991 (USA) See more »
Before Madonna. Before Marilyn. There was Josephine.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker was born poor, but achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic and erotic performances... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Way too long See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order)

Lynn Whitfield ... Josephine Baker

Rubén Blades ... Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino

David Dukes ... Jo Bouillon

Louis Gossett Jr. ... Sidney Williams

Craig T. Nelson ... Walter Winchell

Kene Holliday ... Sidney Bechet
Vivian Bonnell ... Josephine's Mother
Mayah McCoy ... Josephine -Age 8
Ainslie Currie ... Josephine - Age 13
Pierre Magny ... Poul Colin
Franco Britt ... Victor (as Franco Iiriti)
George Faison ... Emcee in Harlem Club
Robert Lesser ... Copa City Manager
Luis Reyes ... Josephine's Father
Vivienne Eytle ... Josephine's Sister
Frédéric Norbert ... The dancer
Eartha Robinson ... Female Singer / Dancer
Paula Brown ... Amateur Female Singer / Dancer
Ann Harrington ... Cruel Woman
Zoltán Gera ... Folies Bergeres Producer
Gábor Csíkos ... French Cab Driver
Noel Weekes Jr. ... Soldier from St. Louis
Péter Kertész ... Casablanca Doctor
Gregory Orr ... New York Hotel Manager
János Gosztonyi ... Bobino Theatre Manager
Tibor Kenderesi ... Priest (as Tibor Kenderessy)

Steven R. McGlothen ... American Reporter in Press Conference (as Steve McGlothen)
Richard Rothenstein ... American Reporter in Press Conference
Sherry Baumgart ... American Reporter in Press Conference
Debbie Javor ... American Woman at Party (as Deborah Javor)
Iván Angelusz ... Dance Teacher (as Ivan Angelus)
András Márton ... Pepito's Doctor
Dean Tschetter ... New York Critic
Richard Battagna ... White Racist
Gábor Ferenczi ... Reporter at Stork Club
András Monory Mész ... Reporter at Stork Club
Jimmy Smith ... Bell Boy
Laszlo Dozsa Jr. ... Stork Club Waiter
Fajer Khaled ... Casablanca Nurse
János Vészi ... Lover in New York
Attila Lõte ... Court Official
Darrel W. Wright ... Dancer (as Darrel Wright)
Adrian Bailey ... Dancer
Carolyn Campbell ... Dancer
Cedric Lee Bradley ... Dancer (as Cedric Bradley)
Taj Foster ... Dancer
Kiki Shephard ... Dancer
Eric James ... Dancer
Monika Zsiros ... Dancer
Jozsef Bauer ... Dancer
Helga Szabó ... Dancer
Sándor Király ... Dancer
Mónika Czár ... Dancer
Lásló Oláh ... Dancer
Éva Molnár ... Dancer
Michael Kropf ... Dancer
Vera Kun ... Dancer
Imre Németh ... Dancer
Zsuzsa Tarjányi ... Dancer
Zoltán Bihari ... Dancer
Veronika Vámos ... Dancer
Attila Egervári ... Dancer
Andrea Tallós ... Dancer
Ferenc Molnár ... Dancer
Csilla Szoboszlay ... Dancer (as Csilla Szoboszlai)
János Kaczor ... Dancer
Helga Gryöri ... Dancer
László Kriszt ... Dancer
László Novák ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie Carter ... Hotel Maid

Michael Mehlmann ... American Reporter in Press Conference (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Gibson 
Writing credits
Ron Hutchinson (story) and
Michael Zagor (story)

Ron Hutchinson (teleplay)

Produced by
Robert Halmi Jr. .... executive producer (as Robert Halmi)
Robert Halmi Sr. .... executive producer (as Robert Halmi)
Madeleine Henrié .... associate producer (as Madeleine Henrie)
John Kemeny .... producer
David Puttnam .... executive producer: Angelica Television Ltd.
Alisa Taylor .... associate producer
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Elemér Ragályi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Graham Walker 
Casting by
Reuben Cannon 
Carol L. Dudley  (as Carol Dudley)
Production Design by
József Romvári 
Costume Design by
Maria Hruby 
Györgyi Vidák 
Makeup Department
Marie Carter .... makeup artist: Ms. Whitfield
Julia Fenyvessy .... makeup artist (as Julia Fenyvesi)
Jánosné Kajtár .... hair stylist (as Katalin Kajtár)
Ferdinando Merolla .... hair stylist
Aldo Signoretti .... hair stylist: Ms. Whitfield
Production Management
József Cirkó .... unit manager
László Helle .... production supervisor
Peter Lancaster .... post-production supervisor
Endre Sík .... executive in charge of production
Gabor Tiszitarto .... assistant unit manager (as Gábor Tiszttarto)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Normand Bourgie .... second assistant director
Mario Dellamaistra .... third assistant director
Gábor Gajdos .... second assistant director
Zsuzsa Gurban .... second assistant director (as Zsuzsa Gurbán)
Pierre Magny .... first assistant director
László Sipos .... first assistant director
Art Department
Serge Bureau .... property master
Simon Dowling .... graphic designer
Zoltán Hardy .... prop man
Lóránt Jávor .... assistant art director (as Loránd Jávor)
András Langmár .... assistant art director
Ágnes Menyhárt .... set dresser
Csaba Stork .... assistant art director (as Csaba Stark)
Zoltán Szabó .... prop man
István Tóth .... set dresser
József Vass .... construction coordinator (as Joszef Vass)
Zoltán Tóth .... prop man (uncredited)
Sound Department
Peter Elliott .... foley editor
Jonathan Enraght-Moony .... assistant sound editor
Leonard Green .... assistant sound editor (as Lenny Green)
Richard Hiscott .... dialogue editor
Peter Horrocks .... dialogue editor
Eddy Joseph .... supervising sound editor
János Köporosy .... boom operator (as János Koporosi)
Laurie McDowell .... assistant sound editor
Christine Newell .... assistant sound editor
Victor Nunes .... assistant sound editor
Clive Pendry .... assistant dubbing mixer
János Réti .... sound
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
Budge Tremlett .... sound editor
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ferenc Ormos .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Bruce A. Block .... matte supervisor (as Bruce Block)
Bela Kasi .... stunt performer
Péter Katona .... stunt performer
Ferenc Novinecz .... stunts
Béla Unger .... stunt coordinator
Sándor Boros .... stunts (uncredited)
László Imre .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Csaba Bankhardt .... grip
Attila Dóczi .... electrician (as Attila Doczi)
Egon Endrényi .... still photographer
Géza Gonda .... focus puller
Rudolf Graczer .... second assistant camera (as Rudolf Gráczer)
Miklós Hajdu .... gaffer
Tamás ifj. Vitray .... third assistant camera (as Tamás Vitray Jr.)
Nyika Jancsó .... camera operator: second unit (as Miklós Jancsó Jr.)
Zsolt Jámbor .... grip
Sándor Novák .... electrician
Iván Nyitrai .... electrician
György Simon .... electrician (as György Simon)
Lajos Simon .... grip
Imre Sisa .... key and dolly grip
Rudolf Takács .... electrician
András Váradi .... second assistant camera (as András Várady)
Casting Department
Kálmán Balogh .... casting: Budapest
Karen Cooper .... casting assistant
Pat Golden .... casting consultant
Zsóka Takács .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Zsuzsa Balai .... wardrobe master (as Zsuzsa Ballai)
Gyula Bongor .... dresser
Sándor Csajbók .... dresser (as Sandor Csajbok)
Éva Csele .... dresser (as Éva Csella)
András Deu .... dresser
Judit Deu .... dresser
Randall J. Pratt .... wardrobe consultant
Zsuzsa Pártényi .... wardrobe coordinator
Gábor Simkó .... dresser (as Gábor Simko)
Mónika Takács .... dresser: Ms. Whitfield
Editorial Department
Peter Baldock .... first assistant editor
Cynthia Fitzpatrick .... additional off-line editor
Jim Howe .... assistant film editor
Alexandra Kemeniczky .... assistant film editor
David Martin .... supervising editor
Folasade Oyeleye .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Ralph Burns .... orchestrator: songs
Carolyn Dennis .... singing voice: Josephine Baker
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Jacques Hubert .... music consultant
London Symphony Orchestra .... orchestra (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Magyar Rádió és Televízió Szimfonikus Zenekara .... orchestra (as Symphony Orchestra of Hungarian Radio & Television)
Gábor Oroszlán .... music coordinator
Eric Tomlinson .... music recordist
Rick Winquest .... music recording engineer
Transportation Department
Adrienne Rorarius .... transportation coordinator
Jimmy Smith .... assistant to driver
Márta Stella .... assistant to driver
Other crew
Andrea Albert .... interpreter
Brian Bouillon Baker .... consultant
Jean-Claude Bouillon .... consultant (as Jean Claude Bouillon)
Heidi Brennan .... liaison: Los Angeles
Pamela Carlton .... script supervisor
Éva Deák .... interpreter
Gina Renée Ellis .... assistant choreographer
George Faison .... choreographer
Bela Frey .... production assistant (as Béla Frey)
Jacques Hubert .... visual consultant
Joanne Jackson .... auditor
Eszter Karkovany .... production secretary
Judy 'Lucky' Kemeny .... production coordinator (as Judi Kemeny)
Kati Kemeny .... assistant to producer
Bobe Kiraly .... cashier (as Böbe Király)
Gabi Márky .... production secretary
Gréta Máté .... interpreter
Luis Reyes .... unit publicist
Andrea Scharf .... film researcher
Ervin Schwender .... caterer: Szinbád Caterers
Jimmy Smith .... assistant to director
Márta Stella .... assistant to director
Dean Tschetter .... visual consultant
Péter Varga .... production assistant
Béla Vaszary .... medical coordinator
Béla Vaszary .... set doctor
Richard Yarborough .... historical consultant (as Dr. Richard Yarborough)
Piroska Nagy .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Laszlo Rorariusz .... production organiser (uncredited)

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130 min
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Filmed in over 100 different locations with 80 speaking parts and 6,000 extras, the film was given the biggest budget of any HBO production (up until that time) as well the network's most extensive promotional campaign.See more »
Josephine Baker:[after her show becomes a critical failure in America] You did this to me.
Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino:I gave you Broadway. How could I know?
Josephine Baker:You gave me Broadway to keep me busy because you know there's nothing between us anymore!
Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino:No, I love you.
Josephine Baker:You don't love me! You worship me. That's not the same thing. You worship me because you think you made me!
Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino:[pointing to Josephine's heart] How can you say there's nothing in here? I have nothing but you.
Josephine Baker:And I can't live with that anymore! I was right. I was right! I never should have come back here. Especially with you! Especially with *you*!
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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Way too long, 6 February 2006
Author: longislandlloyd from United States

Some outstanding performances here by Whitfield, Blades, Gossett, and others in this overly long biography of an important, outspoken, and controversial African American woman, who was years ahead of her time. It was quite a revelation to see how African Americans were treated in St. Louis and in New York in the decades before the civil rights advances of the 50's and 60's. We all know about the history of the South, but in many places up North, things were nearly as difficult for minorities in the 1930's and 40's.

The story of Josephine Baker had to be told since so many of us are not familiar with her achievements. And HBO and the cast did an outstanding job doing so. The movie was entertaining and sexual, eye-opening and thought provoking. It covered American society as well as French and even gave us some insights into Josephine's heroics and patriotism during WWII and her push for equality of the races in the U.S. military. I would have preferred to see the movie end while Josephine was at the top and still young, rather than drag on with her numerous adoptions and comeback attempts. That's why it was not a major motion picture.....too long and drawn out for theater audiences.

A good movie to watch at home while putting away the laundry or brushing the dog.

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