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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

  • Drama
  • Music
  • 1999
  • Martha Coolidge
  • 110 mins
  • 15

Summary

Dorothy Dandridge's way to fame and fortune as a dancer, singer and actress.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Halle Berry may have won Golden Globe for her performance, but there's a lingering feeling she was accoladed to atone for the shameful treatment meted out to the subject of Martha Coolidge's earnest, but unrevealing TV biopic. A poor judge of men and material, actress Dandridge was responsible for some of her own woes, but too little is made of the institutionalised racism that blighted 1950s Tinseltown and transformed the Oscar-nominated star of Carmen Jones into a marginalised, pill-popping drunk. Despite the award, Berry is too slight a talent for the part and she's easily overshadowed by Klaus Maria Brandauer's imposing Otto Preminger.

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Credits

Cast

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Dorothy DandridgeHalle Berry
Earl MillsBrent Spiner
Harold NicholasObba Babatunde
Otto PremingerKlaus Maria Brandauer
Ruby DandridgeLoretta Devine
Vivian DandridgeCynda Williams

Crew

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DirectorMartha Coolidge

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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