Carmen Jones
Carmen Jones (1954)

In 1943, Oscar Hammerstein Jr. took Georges Bizet's opera Carmen, rewrote the lyrics, changed the characters from 19th century Spaniards to World War II-era African-Americans, switched the locale to a Southern military base, and the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 5, 1954
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Otto Preminger has transferred it to the screen with taste and imagination in an opulent production.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A crazy mixed-up film.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

A film in which talented, attractive people sing ugly lyrics to beautiful music in other people's beautiful voices amid ugly shot framing and ill-timed cutting.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Impeccably liberal in its time, the film has not aged gracefully, although Dorothy Dandridge's performance in the lead remains a testimony to a black cinema that might have been.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

If you're not a fan of opera, you probably won't care much for 'Carmen Jones,' despite some pretty solid acting and scenes that bring postwar America to life.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Electric performance by Dorothy Dandridge as the sultry whorish Carmen Jones.

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Time Out

The somewhat heavy-handed direction and the ultimately two-dimensional characters leave you admiring the workmanship without plucking at the necessary emotional/romantic heart-strings.

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Emanuel Levy

Dorothy Dandridge became the very first black woman to receive Best Actress Oscar nomination for Otto Preimger's audacious (for the early 1950s) all-black musical of the famous opera.

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TV Guide

Preminger's heavy-handed adaptation of a Broadway triumph combines gorgeous music with risible lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; the project is saved by a terrific cast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Devon Bott
Otto Preminger directed this all african-american cast in a "modernized" version of Georges Bizet's "Carmen", with lyrics written by… More
John Ballantine
Ah back to back reviews of Preminger films. This was the first version of Carmen that I saw on the big screen and after seeing the recent South African effort,… More
Spencer S.
Two seminal musicals of the fifties were Porgy and Bess and Carmen Jones. Both had black casts which was subversive for the time period, and both were operas.… More
Antonius Block
In this adaptation of the opera, Dorothy Dandridge is a firecracker, and Harry Belafonte is not bad himself. He plays a straight-laced GI who is engaged to a… More
jay nixon
Impressive updating of Bizet's Carmen benefits hugely from wonderfully expressive performances by the whole cast with Dorothy Dandridge being the standout.… More