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Bessie (2015)

TV-MA | | Biography, Drama, Music | TV Movie 16 May 2015
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The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 23 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »

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... Jack Gee
... Bessie Smith
... Viola
... Carl Van Vechten
... Lucille
... John Hammond
... Richard
... Fania Van Vechten
... Clarence
... William 'Pa' Rainey
... Ma Rainey
... Langston Hughes
... Bessie's Dancer
... Ma's Main Girl
... Sharkish Man
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The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

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The Queen brings Bessie back to life.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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В блюзе только Бесси  »

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Oddly, the film does not deal with the controversial death of Bessie Smith. See more »

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Bessie Smith: I ain't playing second to nobody!
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Kitchen Man
Written by Edna B. Pinkerd, Andy Razaf
Performed by Queen Latifah
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Singer
23 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

Bessie is a nicely produced flick about 'Bessie Smith the singer' with a little suggestion of 'Bessie Smith the person' sprinkled throughout the story. At movies end you don't feel you know something about her outside of her remarkable singing.

There are scenes of her rise from rags to riches and the family she tries to make but that's all you get through brief scenes and then it's back to her as a singer.

This isn't a bad movie, it's entertaining and Queen Latifah pulls out all the stops as Bessie the singer. But the ending leaves you pretty much where you were when you started the movie as far as Bessie the person is portrayed.


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