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Porgy and Bess (1959)

A woman whose past is scorned by nearly everyone around her meets a man who'd love her regardlessly- if only everyone else would allow them to.

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Stars: Jeanne Crain, Madeleine Carroll, George Sanders
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Porgy
... Bess
... Sportin' Life
... Maria
... Crown
Leslie Scott ... Jake
... Clara
Ruth Attaway ... Serena Robbins
... Detective
... Peter
Everdinne Wilson ... Annie
Joel Fluellen ... Robbins
Earl Jackson ... Mingo
Moses LaMarr ... Nelson
Margaret Hairston ... Lily
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Storyline

In this legendary Gershwin opera set among the black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina, Bess - a woman with a disreputable history - tries to break free from her brutish lover Crown after he becomes wanted for murder. The only person willing to overlook her past and offer her shelter is the crippled Porgy. Their relationship is threatened by the disapproval of the townspeople, the presence of her old drug supplier Sportin' Life - and the threatened return of Crown. Written by scgary66

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The Gershwin Music! The Goldwyn Touch! See more »

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Release Date:

14 October 1959 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,500,000, 31 December 1959
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(70 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Sidney Poitier's singing voice was dubbed by opera singer Robert McFerrin (father of pop singer, classical conductor and composer Bobby McFerrin). See more »

Quotes

Porgy: Thank god. Thank god.
Bess: I've been sick, ain't I?
Porgy: You've been very sick. Now, I've got you back.
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Connections

Referenced in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Bess, You Is My Woman Now
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Sidney Poitier (dubbed by Robert McFerrin) and Dorothy Dandridge (dubbed by Adele Addison)
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Why is this film not on video??
15 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

I was @ 13 yrs of age when I saw this greatly underappreciated film at The ADAMS theatre in Newark, NJ, I purchased the Program, and later bought the soundtrack... still have both.... I am now 55 + yrs.. and have not seen it since (possibly once on network TV, in 1960's???) One of the greatest casts ever assembled, great score and production , please let another generation see this great film... It was my introduction to opera, and aided with my understanding of Tolerance.. Please family of Gerswhins or Premingers, release this classic soon !!


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