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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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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 overview, first billed only:
Queen Latifah ... Bessie
Kamryn Johnson ... Young Bessie
Rikki McKinney Rikki McKinney ... Chorus Guy
Alan T. Coleman Alan T. Coleman ... Stagehand
Tory Kittles ... Clarence
Clay Chappell ... '81' Theatre Owner
Tika Sumpter ... Lucille
Sharan C. Mansfield Sharan C. Mansfield ... Miss Taylor (as Sharan Mansfield)
Neko Parham ... Rehearsal Director
Onira Tares Onira Tares ... Chorus Girl (as Onira Tarés)
Jhoni Davis ... Chorus Girl
Jim R. Coleman ... Host
Melissa Youngblood ... Theatergoer
Mo'Nique ... Ma Rainey
Jennifer Sears ... Ma's Main Girl
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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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Queen Latifah's topless scene in front of the mirror shows her real breasts. A body double was not used. See more »

Quotes

Ma Rainey: Remember what I told you about the blues? If you're not risking nothing, neither would they.
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I've Got What It Takes But It Breaks My Heart To Give It Away
Written by Clarence Williams, Hezekiah Jenkins
Performed by Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks
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Acting/Production A+ But Just Disappointing
19 August 2015 | by davidallenwakefieldSee all my reviews

Great performances and cinematography but just disappointing it just did not capture me. That's no criticism of the performances they were great.....it just misses the mark.

Firstly make your own mind up but for me knowing a bit about her life story it seems to lack any emotion. There's a coldness to it, kind of this happened then this happened. In one scene where Bessie faces her sister it seems just flashed through. Considering the history between them it should have been a much more powerful moment. The movie does not draw the viewer in. In my opinion it lacks any depth.

I guess the script writing is what's wrong but am no expert it just misses the mark. Great performance by QL. Not something I would think about watching again.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Olde Town Conyers, Georgia, USA

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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