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Carmen Jones (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 28 October 1954 (USA)
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Contemporary version of the Bizet opera, with new lyrics and an African-American cast.

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(book) (as Oscar Hammerstein 2nd), (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
... Joe
... Carmen Jones
... Frankie
Olga James ... Cindy Lou
Joe Adams ... Husky Miller
... Sergeant Brown (as Broc Peters)
... Rum Daniels
Nick Stewart ... Dink Franklin
... Myrt
LeVern Hutcherson ... Joe (voice) (as Le Vern Hutcherson)
Marilyn Horne ... Carmen Jones (voice) (as Marilynn Horne)
Marvin Hayes ... Husky Miller (voice)
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Storyline

At an all-black army camp, civilian parachute maker and "hot bundle" Carmen Jones is desired by many of the men. Naturally, she wants Joe, who's engaged to sweet Cindy Lou and about to go into pilot training for the Korean War. Going after him, she succeeds only in getting him into the stockade. While she awaits his release, trouble approaches for both of them. Songs from the Bizet opera with modernized lyrics. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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28 October 1954 (USA)  »

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Oscar Hammerstein's Carmen Jones  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)| (optical prints)

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2.55 : 1
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This film contains just 169 shots in 103 minutes of action. This equates to an average shot length of about 36 seconds, which is very high, given the 8 - 10 seconds standard of most Hollywood films made during the 1950s. See more »

Goofs

Carmen fixes Joe's belt, but in doing so she skips a belt loop. In the next scene the belt is worn correctly. See more »

Quotes

Frankie: We'll be livin' off the fatheads of the land.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits and end title are set around a flaming rose. See more »

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Referenced in Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

MY JOE
Music by Georges Bizet
Lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on aria "Micaëla's Air" from Act 3 of the opera
Sung by Olga James
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Cant believe it took me so long
23 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

to see this amazing film. I thought Halle Berry did a great job in the Dandridge biopic, but after seeing Carmen Jones I don't know if she could do Dorothy justice. This woman was amazing in this film. she RADIATED sex appeal and I could see why her performance was groundbreaking. Otto Preminger directed and shot a beautiful film, and contemporary actors, especially black actors, should set the performances in this movie as highwater marks to shoot for. Pearl Bailey was amazing in addition to the two leads, Belafonte and Dandridge. Joe Adams as the boxer and the woman who played Cindy Lou also gave great performance.

Again to see black actors in this time period given a chance to perform a full range of characters was really amazing. In a lot of ways this film is more progressive than the drivel of black genre films coming out of Hollywood today


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