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Bessie (2015)
TV-MA
TV Movie | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.
Director
Writers
Dee Rees (screenplay) (story) | Christopher Cleveland (screenplay) | Bettina Gilois (screenplay) | Horton Foote (story)
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Composer
Rachel Portman (original score)
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Updated May 16, 2015

Release date
May 16, 2015 (United States)

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6.6 / 10 | 4,514 votes