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21 August 1999 (USA) See more »
Right woman. Right place. Wrong time. See more »
This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Halle Berry ... Dorothy Dandridge

Brent Spiner ... Earl Mills

Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Otto Preminger

Obba Babatundé ... Harold Nicholas (as Obba Babatunde)

Loretta Devine ... Ruby Dandridge

Cynda Williams ... Vivian Dandridge

LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Auntie (as LaTanya Richardson)

Tamara Taylor ... Geri Nicholas

William Atherton ... Darryl Zanuck

D.B. Sweeney ... Jack Denison
Don Gettinger ... Hotel Clerk

Nicholas Hormann ... Oscar Emcee

Sharon Brown ... Etta Jones
Darrian C. Ford ... Fayard Nicholas
M.J. Sawyer ... B&W Movie Actress

Joanne Baron ... Doctor
Alexis Carrington ... Lynn at Age 4

Margaret Easley ... Ring-a-ding Girl
Clinton Derricks-Carroll ... Phil Moore

Kerri Randles ... Marilyn Monroe

Jon Mack ... Ava Gardner
Ken Michelman ... Byron Haskin ('Tarzan's Peril' director)

Chaz Monet ... Lynn at age 8

Tom Virtue ... Miami Comic

Larry Poindexter ... Joey Young

Irene Roseen ... Otto's Secretary

Mark Bramhall ... Edward Ilou ("Carmen Jones" Assistant Director)
André Carthen ... Harry Belafonte (as Andre Carthen)
Andrew Hibbard ... Clapper Boy

Guy Torry ... First Actor
Robin Michelle McClamb ... First Actress (as Robin Vaughn)

Dwain A. Perry ... Private (as Dwain Perry)

Billy Mayo ... Sergeant
Renton Kirk ... Second Actor

Sarah Scott Davis ... Second Actress

Raphael Sbarge ... Vegas Hotel Manager
Robert Phelps ... Studio Publicist
Darrel W. Wright ... Mocambo Dancer (as Darrel Wright)
Anthony Demarco ... Mocambo Dancer
Stephen Smith ... Mocambo Dancer

Benjamin Brown ... Sidney Poitier

Brian Hatton ... Oliver Smith ("Porgy and Bess Assistant Director)
James Krag ... Reporter

Lee Allan ... Reporter

Clement von Franckenstein ... Judge (as Clement Franckenstein)

Aiysha Sinclair ... Lynn at 18

Brad Blumenthal ... Mocambo Emcee (as Brad Parker)

F. William Parker ... Coroner

Jon Lindstrom ... Assistant Coroner

Mik Scriba ... Detective

Michael Laskin ... Radio Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

MarLee Candell ... Fan at Academy Awards (uncredited)
Peter Darren ... Soldier (uncredited)
David Mitchell Evans ... Photographer (uncredited)

Gilley Grey ... Mounted Policeman (uncredited)
Dave Mallow ... Master of Ceremonies (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Martha Coolidge 
Writing credits
Earl Mills (book "Dorothy Dandridge")

Shonda Rhimes (teleplay) and
Scott Abbott (teleplay)

Produced by
Larry Y. Albucher .... producer
Halle Berry .... executive producer
Vince Cirrincione .... executive producer
Moctesuma Esparza .... executive producer
Robert Katz .... executive producer
Joshua D. Maurer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Robbie Greenberg 
Film Editing by
Alan Heim 
Casting by
Aleta Chappelle 
Production Design by
James H. Spencer  (as James Spencer)
Art Direction by
A. Leslie Thomas 
Set Decoration by
Robert Greenfield 
Costume Design by
Shelley Komarov 
Makeup Department
Kim Adrissi .... makeup artist
Kali Balugo .... additional makeup artist
Jennifer Bell .... hair stylist
Carol Brown .... additional makeup artist (as Carol M. Brown)
Lisa Buono .... makeup artist
Hazel Catmull .... hair stylist: Ms. Berry
Kokeeta Douglas .... additional makeup artist
John M. Elliott Jr. .... makeup artist: Halle Berry
Sheila Evers .... assistant makeup artist
Kathrine Gordon .... hair department head
Virginia Kearns .... hair stylist
Marlene Mason .... additional makeup artist
Katherine Rees .... hair stylist
Edna Sheen .... key makeup artist (as Edna M. Sheen)
Richard Snell .... makeup artist: Mr. Brandauer
Laini Thompson .... makeup department head
Elizabeth Rabe .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Larry Y. Albucher .... unit production manager
Mark S. Hoerr .... post-production supervisor
Robert Rothbard .... production manager
Nita Wilson .... production supervisor
Sally Young .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chemen Ochoa .... second second assistant director (as Chemen A. Ochoa)
Kaaren F. Ochoa .... first assistant director
Eric Oliver .... second second assistant director
Phil Robinson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Aaron M. Albucher .... art department assistant (as Aaron Albucher)
Gregory D. Allison .... propmaker
Shane Buckallew .... lead plaster foreman
William S. Cash .... propmaker
Gloria Ciraolo .... painter
Shawn Crossan .... propmaker
Brian A. Deitch .... set dresser
Andrew Endsley .... second assistant props (as Andrew M. Endsley)
Rod Gregory .... set dresser
Randy Ingraham .... carpenter (as Randy E. Ingraham)
Greg Kovach .... propmaker
Paul Litteken .... propmaker (as Paul A. Litteken)
Charles 'Chuck' Lungren .... paint foreman (as Charles Lungren)
Abraham Malina Jr. .... labor foreman
David Moll .... property master
Mike Nauta .... propmaker
Guy Owens .... set dresser
Mark A. Powell .... construction coordinator
Kristen Pratt .... set designer
Pat Ruddell .... propmaker
Darlene Salinas .... art department coordinator
John M. Schenk .... first assistant props (as John Michael Schenk)
Edward Schiff .... construction foreman
Matt Shepherd .... set dresser
Shana Sigmond .... buyer
Tim Snowber .... lead man
Cheryl Gould Strang .... set dresser (as Cheryl Gould)
Edward Tamayo .... set dresser
Paulo Alegria .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Babcock .... sound effects editor (as Mike Babcock)
David Beadle .... dialogue editor
Michael J. Broomberg .... foley artist (as Mike Broomberg)
Cary Butler .... foley mixer
Pete Elia .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... sound recordist
Larry Goeb .... dialogue editor
David Hankins .... supervising sound editor
Sonya Henry .... dialogue editor
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Doug Kent .... adr editor
Helen Luttrell .... dialogue editor
David MacMillan .... sound mixer
Harrison D. Marsh .... boom operator (as Harrison 'Duke' Marsh)
Stacey Michaels .... adr mixer
Dale W. Perry .... foley artist
Jeff Sawyer .... sound effects editor
Frank Smathers .... sound effects editor
Larry Stensvold .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Tanis .... sound effects editor
Scott Reed .... head sound manager (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chris Nelson .... special effects
Ron Trost .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Timothy Clark .... matte painter (as Tim Clark)
LaFaye Baker .... stunt coordinator (as La Faye Baker)
Mike Gunther .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer (as Sidney R. Baldwin)
Shawn Blakeman .... electrician
Danny Brazen .... grip
Henry Christian III .... rigging lighting technician
Billy Clevenger .... camera operator
Loren Corl .... key grip
Andreas Crawford .... dolly grip
Dhamarata Dhiensuwana .... rigging key grip
Louie Escobar .... crane operator
Sammy Escobar .... grip (as Sam Escobar)
Mark Freeman .... electrician (as Mark P. Freeman)
Steven Frohardt .... best boy rigging grip (as Steve Frohardt)
Michael Grady .... rigging grip
Bill Greenberg .... electrician
Loren Hillebrand .... grip
Simon Jarvis .... second second assistant camera
Jamie Lagerhausen .... grip
Karl Linde .... first assistant camera
Kal Manning .... lighting technician
Ryan Manning .... electrician (as Ryan P. Manning)
Jerry L. Marshall .... grip
Art Martin .... Steadicam assistant (as Arthur J. Martin)
Scott McGeo .... best boy grip
Matthew Moriarty .... second assistant camera
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator
Pat O'Mara .... grip (as Patrick O'Mara)
Don Telles .... rigging grip
Vich Thiensuwana .... rigging grip
Darryl A. Tooley .... still photographer assistant
Scott Young .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Terri Douglas .... adr voice casting
Renton Kirk .... casting assistant
Lesa Lotito .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucinda Campbell .... costume supervisor
Arlene Encell .... assistant to costume designer
Marilyn Madsen .... costume manufacturing foreperson
Lisa D. Quercioli .... costumer (as Lisa Quercioli)
Robin Roberts .... costumer (as Robin A. Roberts)
Margaret Rogers .... costumer
Editorial Department
Anthony Gore .... post-production coordinator
Matvey Shatz .... color timer
Tony Solomons .... first assistant editor
Scott Fox .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Emilie A. Bernstein .... orchestrator
Kathy Durning .... music editor
Daniel J. Johnson .... co-music editor
Nathan Kaproff .... orchestra manager
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Transportation Department
George Bolton .... transportation captain
Dawn E. Edwards .... driver
Zelda Mattox .... transportation captain
Mario Simon .... transportation coordinator
Matthew Talamantes .... driver
Other crew
Vinlyn Beckles .... assistant: Ms. Berry
Kim Blank .... choreographer
Renee M. Clare .... assistant location manager
Scott Cohn .... key production accountant
Rita Lisa Danao .... production assistant
David Eck .... assistant production coordinator
Bill Guidry .... production assistant
David Guilbeau .... craft service (as Cajun Guilbeau)
Victoria Land .... production assistant
Pam Leonte .... script supervisor
Jeff Lovely .... location coordinator
Lishune Mahone .... production secretary
Mark McDermitt .... production assistant
Wanja McIntyre .... assistant choreographer
Eric Miller .... assistant: Ms. Coolidge
D. Taylor Murphy .... production assistant
Jeanmarie Murphy-Burke .... publicity director
Marie Nashold .... medic
Fayard Nicholas .... consultant: tapping
Michael Perronne .... production assistant
Ava Rivera .... stand-in: Ms. Berry
Ira S. Rosenstein .... location manager
Xavier C. Salinas .... production coordinator
Jim Schiro .... accounting clerk
Jim Selzer .... assistant location manager
Alan Stepp .... production assistant
Susan A. Sullivan .... assistant production coordinator
Kenny Vasquez .... production assistant
Christy Willits .... assistant accountant
Mark Zecca .... assistant: Klaus Brandauer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Academy" - Japan (English title) (DVD title)
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Rated R for language and sexual content
120 min | Germany:111 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, and Jasmine Guy all personally vied for the part of Dorothy Dandridge.See more »
Anachronisms: Sprite soft drink bottles on set of a movie being shot in early Forties; Sprite wasn't marketed until 1961.See more »
Harold Nicholas:Dottie, it's a whole different ballgame over there! They don't know the difference between black and white, and when they do, it's because they're treating us better than they treat their own!
Dorothy Dandridge:I can't go to Paris! Lynn is going to need special care!
Harold Nicholas:Then get special care.
Dorothy Dandridge:Not in an institution!
Harold Nicholas:Dottie, she doesn't even know we're here.
Dorothy Dandridge:I'm her mother. And you are her father.
Harold Nicholas:And I married you. Not this.
Dorothy Dandridge:Well, I am this! What are you?
Harold Nicholas:I'm Harold Nicholas, of the Nicholas Brothers. And maybe that's all I'm supposed to be.
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Halle Berry's performance was wonderful, 28 May 2007
Author: MulattaAries2007 from United States

I've been a fan of Dorothy Dandridge for years and when I saw that Halle Berry brought her life to the big screen, her performance was very credible. If someone other than Halle would have done that part, the movie wouldn't have been as great as it was. It takes a hell of a lot of talent to pull off someone else's life and that couldn't have been very many actress in Hollywood. So, any old' actress wouldn't have done the job that Halle did. There were some aspects of Dorothy's life that weren't covered, but those weren't as important as the one's capture in the movie. When I saw Halle Berry playing Dorothy Dandridge, it was like I was seeing the real thing, because Halle Berry was very convincible. Plus, I see Halle and Dorothy Dandridge having a lot in common within their lives, and what Halle gave off wasn't anything rinky-dink, but the real thing. And it gives others who knew nothing about Dorothy Dandridge an insight on her life. Of course there were going to be things left out, of course there were going to things exaggerated, it wasn't going to be perfect, if you want to know how Dorothy was in temperament, read books on her, because those are where the real information comes from. Movies don't always tell everything, but Halle's performance wasn't based on looks, but how she gave off the image of Dorothy Dandridge on screen. So, Halle Berry did work hard to that story to life, and her I found it amazing that she went to such lengths and did it.

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