Porgy and Bess

Rated NR 138 minutes 1959

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.

Film Credits

Director: Otto Preminger and Rouben Mamoulian

Producer: Samuel Goldwyn

Cast: Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey, Brock Peters, Leslie Scott, Diahann Carroll, Ruth Attaway, Clarence Muse, Everdinne Wilson, Joel Fluellen, Earl Jackson, Margaret Hairston, Ivan Dixon, Antoine Durousseau, Helen Thigpen, William Walker, Roy Glenn, Maurice Manson and Claude Akins

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