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Lady Sings the Blues

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not only is the film historically inaccurate, July 7 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
but it's an absolute DISGRACE to the memory and legacy of the real Lady Day. Diana was a decent (solo) to great(Supremes) soul singer, but she's no great actor. She's simply competent ... watching Mahogany proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt. To do the story of Billie Holiday, easily one of the most influential and lasting jazz/torch singers of the 20th century, and not cast a known quantity was a serious mistake on Gordy and Motown's part. Not only didn't Ross look the part, she certainly didn't act it, and her voice is nothing like Billie's;it's far weaker and devoid of the "body" Lady Day had. The only bright spot in this was Rochard Pryor's part, even though, again, it was 99% fiction. Save your time, save your money. Buy a Billie Holiday CD, her autobiography, and enjoy the real thing. Maybe one day someone will make a REAL film bio of the Lady.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful June 30 2001
By Michele
Format:VHS Tape
This is the sickest film i have ever seen in my life. And it's nearly all pure fiction. Billie Holliday fans should avoid this all together and read the book instead. It was an insult to Billie's memory and amazing talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lady sings the blues Sept. 24 2012
By Muffin
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Sometimes a little sad but fabulous acting on Diana Ross' part. Definitely worth watching! Can't believe what this lady actually went thru. So very sad about her struggle with drugs and being black in those days seemed almost to be a crime! Billy Dee Williams was great as the man who loved her no matter what.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It was alright 30 years ago. Aug. 27 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars MINUS 2 STARS FOR INACCURACY... June 11 2004
By Duchess
Format:VHS Tape
But a STRONG 3 stars for Diana's acting and rendering of Billie's tunes (I got chills when she sang "Strange Fruit"). This story doesn't represent the life of Billie Holiday AT ALL, but it was a nice fantasy. I must admit that Billie Dee Williams' over-the-top performance was really annoying, hokey and downright laughable. Richard Pryor added a lovable and humorous spark to the flick that was unforgettable! I'm hoping the reason it's taking so long for this movie to come out on DVD is that they are going to make it fabulous with all sorts of extra features and whatnot. Otherwise:
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality and colour May 14 2011
By Laino81
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very pleased with the quality of the dvd. Especially considering that I tried in vain to copy my old vhs to dvd which turned out to be barely visible.Thanks
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate, but the performances are powerful June 16 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The complex life of jazz singer Billie Holiday cannot be summed up in a two-and-a-half hour film unless it's a documentary. Therefore, LADY SINGS THE BLUES misses the boat in portraying Billie's life, but hits the target in casting Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor. The chemistry between these three thespians are a joy to behold. And Ms. Ross sings Billie's songs very well without resorting to imitating the jazz legend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Perfomance acting Oct. 8 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Miss Ross delivers she can sing,dance, and act she has beauty, style,and grace...... She is a legend and an icon she is multi-talented she was with one of the most legendary female musical groups of all time with the legendary motown records she has achieved much success has done just about everything and has been seen with just about everyone and also has performed with many legendary artsits such as Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, she did outstanding performances with Marvin Gaye and she is a founding member of the supergirl group "The Supremes" this woman is the true meaning of what you call a "diva" and by the way the most of her men are and were very successful to name a few. But she isn't perfect just like everyone we all have flaws. But I don't know anyone who has achieved as much stardom as this woman has and in this movie she does an outstanding performance as Billie Holiday she sings with Beauty,Style,and Grace and she has that naturally but in this movie she does some superb acting . Her acting was so good I was really beginning to think that she was the real Billie Holiday so therefore Diana delivered in this role and she played her part wonderfully. and Co-starred her was Richard Pryor he did an exceptional job another multi-talented african american a legendary comic who is and will always be my favorite comedian!!!! And alongside Diana, and Richard co-starred Billy Dee Williams a very handsome man back in the days and he is still very nice looking today and he still has that voice that can light a fireplace so therefore if you are a fan of anyone of these people mentioned and a huge fan of Diana Ross and Billie Holiday I would truly recommend you to buy this video it is excptional!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its a true classic!!! DVD Please
This movie is a true classic in every sense of the word. I am by no means a Diana Ross fan - but I LOVE this movie. You have to give credit where credit is due. Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by You can't run from history.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story, even better acting and producing!!!
I have always been a huge fan of Diana Ross and Lady Day, but putting that aside this movie is truly worth every penny, every minute you spend watching. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by soulful minded in the midwest
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana was bamboozled...she earned that AAward!
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE release this film on DVD.
Published on July 30 2003 by "esmada"
5.0 out of 5 stars Paramount or Motown...Can we get a DVD out...please!!
If I could give this movie 10 stars, I would but Amazon only allows 5. The sheer magic and artistry that Diana Ross translated on celluloid and vinyl surrounding this project is... Read more
Published on May 14 2003 by Thomas A Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana Ross in her knockout film debut
When Berry Gordy announced that Diana Ross was to play Billie Holiday in a biopic, jazz "purists" were outraged. Read more
Published on April 4 2003 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Supreme Performance by Ms. Ross
Although she is a magnificent singer and has acted in numerous movies, I believe this to be the only film in which Ms Ross ever showcased any stellar acting ability. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2003 by Darren
4.0 out of 5 stars Diana's Show
This film has very little to do with Billie Holliday the person or her life and everything to do with gigantic Hollywood production. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2003
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