I saw this film almost 30 years ago, when it came out - I loved it then. I worked at a movie theatre and got to see this film over and over. Enjoyed the soundtrack enough to learn the songs. However, recently, its found its way back on TV, and was looking forward to seeing it again. However, I was astonished at the sloppiness of the film, which I hadn't noticed before - most of all the diction. There are so many scenes in the film where the dialogue is almost unintelligible, because everyone is mumbling their words! Richard Pryor was a pistol; great character, but Mr. Mumbles. The scene where Pryor and Ross are mourning the loss of her mother - it was 10 minutes of wailing and mumbling. I found myself wishing that someone had done closed captioning for it. I have read the real biography of Billie Holiday, and Diana Ross is about as far away from the real Billie as one could imagine. Billie was an unusual woman, different, not petite, and rather classy, in a raw sort of way - her singing WAS raw, from the soul. Diana sings nicely, but didn't have the depth Billie had. I don't mean to be so critical, but this is a film I loved at one time, and found it, many years later, to not have stood the test of time.