Porgy and Bess

1959

Porgy and Bess (1959)

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This film version of George Gershwin's classic American operetta tells the story of Porgy, a crippled young man who falls in love with the beautiful, free-spirited and heroin-addicted Bess who is not only loved by her drug dealer, but also by Crown, a ruthless longshoreman.

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Critic Reviews for Porgy and Bess

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Should this Porgy and Bess be locked away? It ain't necessarily so.

Jul 24, 2001 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 28, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

Oct 23, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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…

A mediocre curio.

Dec 8, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

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