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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 »
Won Golden Globe. Another 21 wins & 27 nominations See more »
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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:

Tony Tanelli Oliver ... Lightweight Boxer

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:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

When production ran over budget the studio wanted to cut the red carpet scene at the end of the film. Halle Berry desperately wanted to keep the scene, so she paid for it herself (HBO subsequently reimbursed her).See more »
Factual errors: Scene where Dorothy collapses on stage of the Mocambo nightclub is set in 1961 or 1962 but club closed for business in late-'50s.See more »
Mocambo Emcee:Ladies and gentlemen, the delicious... the divine... the delightful... Dorothy Danridge!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.15" (2005)See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Brilliant Portrayal Of An Unknown Star, 24 October 2009
Author: sddavis63 ( from Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

Admittedly, it's probably unfair to call Dorothy Dandridge unknown, as I've just done in the title. She was, after all nominated for an Academy Award and had a fairly long resume of parts, even if the majority of them were small ones. Many probably know her. I, however, aside from this movie, have no knowledge of her whatsoever. I've never seen any of her movies and was not familiar with the name until I came across this bio-pic. The title of this movie would seem to suggest that I'm not alone - she has to be introduced to us, after all. And - what an introduction!

Halle Berry was absolutely perfect in this role. To me, she became the character with all the right moves and all the right emotions and presented a fascinating portrait of her subject. I find it hard to believe that so much was introduced in a little under two hours. Dandridge's problematic relationships (especially her relationship with the great director Otto Preminger) were interesting; her troubled upbringing being abused by whoever "Auntie" was supposed to be to the family was sad; her devotion to her mentally retarded daughter; the subtle look at the reality of racism in the era (she dips her toes in a hotel swimming pool, and the pool has to be drained and scrubbed as a result); her growing drug and alcohol dependence; her ultimate tragic death. In some respects she's portrayed as a black Marilyn Monroe, who does pop up from time to time in this movie. You would think that trying to show so much in so little time would lead to a shallow presentation, but it didn't. The movie leaves you wanting more, but not because it hasn't given you a lot.

The secondary characters were also interesting: from Dandridge's first husband (Obba Babatunde) - who is captivated by her beauty but can't agree with her on what they want out of life, to her manager Earl Mills (Brent Spiner) - who quietly falls in love with her, to Preminger (Klaus Maria Brandauer) - who also seems to love her, but who finally turns away from her, possibly because she wanted more of a commitment than he wanted to give or perhaps because he felt that creating personal distance between them would help him to further her career.

I'm shocked that this movie doesn't have a higher rating here. I think this was absolutely marvellous. 10/10

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