Bessie (2015)

Survival began with a song

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

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  • 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.
Directing Dee Rees Director
Art Clark Hunter Production Design
Writing Dee Rees Story
Writing Dee Rees Screenplay
Writing Horton Foote Story
Writing Christopher Cleveland Screenplay
Writing Bettina Gilois Screenplay
Camera Jeff Jur Director of Photography