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Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess(1959)

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Brief Synopsis

In this legendary Gershwin opera set among the black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina, Bess - a woman with a disreputable history - tries to break free from her brutish lover Crown after he becomes wanted for murder. The only person willing to overlook her past and offer her shelter is the crippled Porgy. Their relationship is threatened by the disapproval of the townspeople, the presence of her old drug supplier Sportin' Life - and the threatened return of Crown.

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MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  World premiere in New York: 24 Jun 1959
Release Date:  1959 Production Date:  [Todd-AO]
UCLA; LC*
UCLA: 35mm; LC: VBG 3184-86
Color/B&W:  Color (Technicolor) Distributions Co:  Columbia Pictures Corp.
Sound:  70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Stereo Production Co:  Samuel Goldwyn Productions, Inc.
Duration(mins):  146 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  15,335    
Duration(reels):  14    

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  • Porgy and Bess

    Vaughn Cropper 2015-05-20

    "Porgy and Bess" is an outstanding production of George Gershwin's masterpiece. It is tastefully done in muted colors. The voices are... MORE>

  • Porgy and Bess dvd a rip-off

    path 2014-04-06

    Just watched the dvd of Porgy & Bess on dvd and the quality was terrible. It looked like it was recorded with a vcr and had to be spliced together as... MORE>

  • Such a wonderful film!

    Madora 2014-02-14

    I watch Porgy and Bess growing up in Chicago every time it was shown on tv and wish I could see it again. I could only hope that it could be shown on TCM... MORE>