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Bessie (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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Dee Rees

Writers:

Dee Rees (screenplay), Christopher Cleveland (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 23 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tika Sumpter ... Lucille
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Jack Gee
Queen Latifah ... Bessie Smith
Bryan Greenberg ... John Hammond
Oliver Platt ... Carl Van Vechten
Khandi Alexander ... Viola
Mike Epps ... Richard
Charles S. Dutton ... William 'Pa' Rainey
Tory Kittles ... Clarence
Mo'Nique ... Ma Rainey
Jeremie Harris ... Langston Hughes
Whitney Goin ... Fania Van Vechten
L. Warren Young ... Sharkish Man
Jennifer Sears ... Ma's Main Girl
Crystal Lee Brown ... Bessie's Dancer
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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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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

В блюзе только Бесси See more »

Filming Locations:

Olde Town Conyers, Georgia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Bessie Smith: No yellow bitch in my show!
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Kiss Me Sweet
Written by Alvin J. Piron, Steve Lewis
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Singer
23 May 2015 | by zif ofozSee 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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