Porgy and Bess
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A stellar line-up of African-American actors and musical stars helped to bring DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin's classic operetta to this screen in this lavishly-produced adaptation. Porgy (Sidney Poitier) is a crippled man living in the shantytown of Catfish Row who has fallen in love with Bess (Dorothy Dandridge), a beautiful but troubled woman addicted to drugs. Bess is already being courted by several men, including Crown (Brock Peters), a muscular laborer, and Sportin' Life (Sammy Davis, Jr.), a sharp-suited hipster who deals narcotics. Crown gets in a fist fight with Robbins… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Should this Porgy and Bess be locked away? It ain't necessarily so."
‑ Emily O'Neill, Village Voice
"That it stands as an entertaining spectacle and the director's best musical is secondary in interest to the Hollywood politics surrounding it."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A mediocre curio."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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