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Mahogany (1975)

PG | | Drama, Romance | March 1976 (UK)
Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome spurring ... See full summary »

Directors:

Berry Gordy, Tony Richardson (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

John Byrum (screenplay), Toni Amber (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Ross ... Tracy Chambers
Billy Dee Williams ... Brian Walker
Anthony Perkins ... Sean McAvoy
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Christian Rosetti
Beah Richards ... Florence
Nina Foch ... Miss Evans
Marisa Mell ... Carlotta Gavina
Lenard Norris Lenard Norris ... Wil
Jerome Arnold Jerome Arnold ... Campaign Worker
Pemon Rami Pemon Rami ... Campaign Worker
Obelo Obelo ... Campaign Worker
Ira Rogers Ira Rogers ... Stalker
Kristine Cameron Kristine Cameron ... Instructress
Ted Liss Ted Liss ... Sweatshop Foreman
Bruce Vilanch ... Dress Manufacturer
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Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome spurring a choice between the man she loves or her newfound success. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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Success is nothing without someone you love to share it with See more »

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | Italian

Release Date:

March 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mahagoni See more »

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Gross USA:

$5,000,000, 17 December 1975
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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Diana Ross designed some of the costumes in the fashion show sequence herself. See more »

Goofs

The final shot of the film (an overview of the crowd gathered to hear Brian's speech) shows Tracy rushing up to Brian and madly embracing him, but moments earlier they had already walked up to each other in the middle of that crowd and kissed. See more »

Quotes

Sean: My saints are a camera and a gun. They're both fiercely truthful.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Homer of Seville (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Go Back to Day One
Written by Patrice Holloway and Gloria Jones
Performed by Wess Ghezzi and Dori Ghezzi
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Trash-classic is more entertaining than most high-brow films
28 May 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Ghetto girl from Chicago wants to be a fashion designer, but her politician boyfriend wants her instead to help him take care of the unfortunates at home (which is more important, after all, than working with coat-hangers, but can't he see that a big salary from the Mrs. might be used to strengthen his campaign?). As good as Diana Ross was in "Lady Sings the Blues", I was restless with that film for a number of reasons (it followed the standard bio-flick pattern, it was heavy-handed and drab). However, "Mahogany" exists purely on adrenaline, and Ross is hyped-up, high on life, and her kicky fashion scenes are both entertaining and gaudy. The love story with Billy Dee Williams is relaxed, Anthony Perkins is loose and campy as a gay shutterbug who puts the moves on La Ross, and the decadent, glamorous surroundings are fun escapism. As for the finale, it is truly gauche...but at least it has the courage to follow through with its happily-ever-after convictions, even if the poverty-stricken crowds cheering at the end have no idea they're being condescended to. *** from ****


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