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Not Yet Rated| 2 hr. 18 min.

Plot Summary
This musical drama focuses on the poverty-stricken residents struggling to survive in the Charleston tenement of Catfish Row. The sultry Bess (Dorothy Dandridge) becomes the object of desire of Porgy (Sidney Poitier), a disabled man who gets around in a cart. But Bess is also involved with thuggish Crown (Brock Peters) and drug dealer Sportin' Life (Sammy Davis Jr.). Crown kills a man and goes into hiding, and Bess seeks shelter with Porgy. But, when Crown returns, Porgy must take a stand.

Cast: Sidney Poitier , Dorothy Dandridge , Sammy Davis Jr. , Pearl Bailey , Brock Peters , Leslie Scott , Diahann Carroll , Ruth Attaway

Directors: Otto Preminger , Rouben Mamoulian

Genres: Drama, Romance, Musical

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Porgy & Bess (1959)

Release Date: November 29th, 2002|2 hr. 18 min.

fan reviews ( 3 )
  • July 07, 2014 arie
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    Of iemand al weet of de film ooit op d v d komt ? gedurende jaren zoek ik al het antwoord. Does anyone know whether it wil ever at last appear? Arie.69

  • October 07, 2009 Robyn
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    Porgy and Bess, the movie is so wonderful. I was young when I saw the movie and enjoyed it. The music with the actors along with the appearance of Sammy Davis Jr. is awesome. Now if I could only have it on a DVD, so I could watch it often. Wonder if this will ever be a DVD. Sure would love to have it in my home.

  • October 03, 2009 Gcarter402
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    Porgy and Bess brought together many of the leading african American actors and actresses to the same stage. We had memorable performances by Sidney Poitier, Sammy Davis Juinior and many others who befre retiring from the stage left an indelible mark on the American stage. I was very young when it aired, but still remember scenes and the excitement that arose with the enactment. I think that it does deserve to be cited as one of the top portraits for this decade and possibly for the century.

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