Bessie (2015)

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The story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

Bessie Viooz
Viooz Score: 6.4/10 from 88 votes
Release Date: 2015-05-16
Status: Released
Run time: 107 min / 1:47
Production Studio : The Zanuck Company, Flavor Unit Entertainment, HBO Films
Production Country: United States of America

Bessie Casts

Queen Latifah
as Bessie Smith
Mo'Nique
as Ma Rainey
Mike Epps
as Richard
Tika Sumpter
as Lucille
Michael Kenneth Williams
as Jack Gee
Charles S. Dutton
as William 'Pa' Rainey
Bryan Greenberg
as John Hammond
Oliver Platt
as Carl Van Vechten
Khandi Alexander
as Viola
Tory Kittles
as Clarence
Joe Knezevich
as Frank Walker
Jeremie Harris
as Langston Hughes
Jennifer Sears
as Ma's Main Girl
Crystal Lee Brown
as Bessie's Dancer
Terence Rosemore
as Detroit Theater Manager
L. Warren Young
as Sharkish Man
Tia Hendricks
as Doreen Dupree
Whitney Goin
as Fania Van Vechten
Neko Parham
as Rehearsal Director
Kaden Washington Lewis
as Swarm Boy #1
Alkoya Brunson
as Swarm Boy #2
Todd Allen Durkin
as Night Club Owner
Swift Rice
as Stage Hand
Jim R. Coleman
as Host
Jessejames Locorriere
as Vanity Fair Editor
Onira Tares
as Chorus Girl #1
Jhoni Davis
as Chorus Girl #2
Hunter Womack
as Roadie #1
Christopher Harvey
as Roadie #2
Marie Burke
as Etta Johnson
Levi Erik
as Benny Goodman
Nicole Spiezio
as Marguerite d'Alvarez
Bralyn Stokes
as Harry Pace
Sylvester Ambrose James II
as Jack Gee Jr.

Bessie Crew

Camera Jeffrey Jur Director of Photography
Production Richard D. Zanuck Executive Producer
Production Billy Hopkins Casting
Sound Rachel Portman Original Music Composer
Production Lili Fini Zanuck Executive Producer
Writing Horton Foote Story
Production Queen Latifah Executive Producer
Editing Brian A. Kates Editor
Art Clark Hunter Production Design
Writing Christopher Cleveland Screenplay
Writing Bettina Gilois Screenplay
Production Ron Schmidt Producer
Costume & Make-Up Michael T. Boyd Costume Design
Art Traci Kirshbaum Set Decoration
Production Shakim Compere Executive Producer
Production Hallie Foote Co-Executive Producer
Writing Dee Rees Screenplay
Directing Dee Rees Director
Writing Dee Rees Story
Production Shelby Stone Executive Producer
Art Drew Monahan Art Direction
Production Randi Michel Executive Producer