Porgy and Bess Poster

Release Date: November 29th, 2002

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

Director: Otto Preminger, Rouben Mamoulian

Genres: Drama, Romance, Musical

Production Co: Samuel Goldwyn Company

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Temptation, Underdog, Love triangle, Emotional, Rescue, Melodramatic, Love


Winner Picture - Musical
Nominated Sound
Nominated Costume Design (Color)
Nominated Cinematography (Color)
Winner Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)