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Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess (1959)

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A stellar line-up of African-American actors and musical stars helped to bring DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin's classic operetta to this screen in this lavishly-produced adaptation. Porgy (Sidney Poitier) is a crippled man living in the shantytown of Catfish Row who has fallen in love with Bess (Dorothy Dandridge), a beautiful but troubled woman addicted to drugs. Bess is already being courted by several men, including Crown (Brock Peters), a muscular laborer, and Sportin' Life (Sammy Davis,

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (1) | DVD (1)

This is a stunning, exciting and moving film, packed with human emotions and cheerful and mournful melodies. It bids fair to be as much a classic on the screen as it is on the stage.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Should this Porgy and Bess be locked away? It ain't necessarily so.

July 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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One of the most underestimated movie musicals, based on Gershwin's masterpiece, Porgy and Bess receives a lavish production from Otto Preminger in an all-black, Oscar-nominated picture, starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge.

December 28, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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The brilliant score by the Gershwins and DuBose Heyward, however, will last forever, while Preminger's veteran cameraman, Leon Shamroy, did a wonderful job and the art direction by Serge Krizman and Joseph Wright is sensational.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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That it stands as an entertaining spectacle and the director's best musical is secondary in interest to the Hollywood politics surrounding it.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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A mediocre curio.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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