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Mahogany [Import]

Diana Ross , Billy Dee Williams , Berry Gordy , Jack Wormser    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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You know those movies that seemed really, really awesome when you were a teenager? Then, when you saw them again as a adult, you recognized them for the romantic dreck they always were? Mahogany exemplifies the breed. Made in 1975, Mahogany is mired in tedious melodrama that is not enhanced by a predictable and sexist ending. Diana Ross, a poverty-stricken young woman, pulls herself up by her camisole straps until she is at the top of the fashion world. Along the way she meets terrible people who want to use her. They break her heart. She has trouble bouncing back. One of those troubled people who seem to flock to Ross's unstable character is a deranged photographer, played with wild abandonment by Anthony Perkins. His psychotic performance gives this film its only energy. Ross remains unfulfilled until she finds love with inappropriate Billy Dee Williams, who shows none of his usual charisma. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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3.0 out of 5 stars A camp classic Jan. 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Like so many divas before her and after her, "La Ross" shines in this 1975 camp classic which exemplifies the cliche saying "it's lonely at the top."
The gowns, the glamour, the nails and the youth of Miss Ross are unparalleled. She was beyond fabulous and at the height of her artistic zenith. The montage is especially pleasing and one can only fantasize about being in Rome in the mid 70's while swathed in those fantastic creations and Fendi and Maximillian furs (read the credits).
Substantively, the film is not to be taken seriously....but I agree with one reviewer's assessment back then who said that it is "testament to how glorious it is to be Diana Ross." I wholeheartedly agree.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Diana screeches, Billy Dee mumbles June 16 2004
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MAHOGANY is a camp classic featuring screechy acting by Ms. Ross, mumbling by Billy Dee Williams, and drama queen antics by Anthony Perkins. Talent is wasted all around in the film depicting the rise of a poor-little-rich African-American model and fashion designer who has her mouth poked out because she misses her man. After this film, Berry Gordy never stepped up to the director's chair again (thank God). Good for its camp factor and that's about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! Aug. 3 2003
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Diana Ross returns after her acclaimed film debut in 'Lady Sings The Blues. She plays the role of an ambitious struggling secretary who becomes a world famous designer-model (hmmm...). Diana Ross is a challenging & versatile performer and in this classic flick she showcases her impressive talents. Watch out for Anthony Perkins 'reprising' his Norman Bates persona.
Over the top plot, cheesy dialogue, wonderful soundtrack, glamorous costumes... Diana Ross never looked more gorgeous!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mahogany July 8 2003
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I seen this movie in 1976 with my boyfriend at the age of 16 yrs old . It was a great movie then. and now in 2003 it is still a great movie even without that boyfriend. LOL
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorites! April 16 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I have always found the film, "Mahogany" very intriguing and interesting. Whenever it's on television, I can't help but sit down and watch it, even if I initially don't want to. For some reason this movie draws you into the life of Diana Ross' character as she moves from struggle to success in the fashion industy starting as a model and then a designer.
The love story between Ross and Billy Dee Williams did not seem very warm, but maybe that's how the characters were. I didn't really believe that the two of them were really in love. It just seemed like Williams yelled at Ross for her beliefs (mainly because he was a political figure in the film) and told her what to do all the time. Other than that aspect, I thought the movie was really good.
Anthony Perkins played the role of the famous photographer who turns Ross' character from a regular struggling young woman into "Mahogany" the fashion icon. His mental breakdown towards the end of the film, and his ultimate demise, is disturbing.
Overall, I would highly recommend this film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the best! April 8 2003
By Louis
Format:VHS Tape
I had this movie on VHS and I watched it over and over until the tape started showing bad. I really believe this movie is overlooked as a great work. Diana is very, I mean very underrated as an actress. She seems to get no props for her acting ability. I saw this movie at the theaters with my parents when I was a kid. Billy Dee was and still is the smoothes brother in acting. I really reccommend this movie for anyones collection. I just can't help but hope this movie one day will make it to DVD! Oh, what a day that will be. Buy it now. You will thank me.
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HA! HA! This movie was simply outstanding! First of all, I LOVE 70's movies. I just love that warmth of the loud bass and the fuzzy screen. When I first watched this movie I nearly cried. To see Diana on that old subway and the first bit of "Do You Know Where Your Going To" came on, It just brought back so many memories. I love the way Diana opened up and could be herself. I thought this movie was better than her 1972 movie "Lady Sings The Blues". "Mahogany" is a DEAD tie between her 1978 movie "The Wiz". They are both outstanding! Anyways "Mahogany" is one of my favorite movies of all time and I think most anyone would enjoy this truly emotional & STRONG story. I would STRONGLY advise you to buy it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars So Bad It's Good Dec 17 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This movie falls under "My Guilty Pleasures". The early scenes are set in Chicago, and it brings me some nostalgia to see how the old 'L' trains used to look. The performances in this film can be categorized as camp and overdone, esp. that of Anthony Perkins, as a high strung photographer. The clothes are pure ugly, but you have to remember that was in style back in 1975.
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