Porgy and Bess
Porgy and Bess (1959)

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… More

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: June 24, 1959
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
83%
Flixster
User Score
77%


Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

Full review…
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full review…
Emily O'Neill
Village Voice

Should this Porgy and Bess be locked away? It ain't necessarily so.

Full review…
Film4

That it stands as an entertaining spectacle and the director's best musical is secondary in interest to the Hollywood politics surrounding it.

Full review…
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

Full review…
Phil Hall
Film Threat

A mediocre curio.

Full review…
More reviews for Porgy and Bess