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Mahogany (1975)

PG | | Drama, Romance | March 1976 (UK)
Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome spurring ... See full summary »

Directors:

Berry Gordy, Tony Richardson (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

John Byrum (screenplay), Toni Amber (story)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Ross ... Tracy Chambers
Billy Dee Williams ... Brian Walker
Anthony Perkins ... Sean McAvoy
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Christian Rosetti
Beah Richards ... Florence
Nina Foch ... Miss Evans
Marisa Mell ... Carlotta Gavina
Lenard Norris Lenard Norris ... Wil
Jerome Arnold Jerome Arnold ... Campaign Worker
Pemon Rami Pemon Rami ... Campaign Worker
Obelo Obelo ... Campaign Worker
Ira Rogers Ira Rogers ... Stalker
Kristine Cameron Kristine Cameron ... Instructress
Ted Liss Ted Liss ... Sweatshop Foreman
Bruce Vilanch ... Dress Manufacturer
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Storyline

Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome spurring a choice between the man she loves or her newfound success. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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Success is nothing without someone you love to share it with See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

March 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mahagoni See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Berry Gordy fired original director Tony Richardson and then took over direction of the picture himself. See more »

Goofs

The final shot of the film (an overview of the crowd gathered to hear Brian's speech) shows Tracy rushing up to Brian and madly embracing him, but moments earlier they had already walked up to each other in the middle of that crowd and kissed. See more »

Quotes

Tracy: My old man left me with 6 kids, the heat's been off for weeks, and they all got the flu. What are you gonna do about that?
Brian: [Brian speaks on microphone] Who said that? Will the lady who said that please step... I can't see who said that. Please let the lady who said that step forward, please.
Tracy: Mr. Walker. When you're elected, what are you gonna do to help me?
Brian: Do you want me to help with your landlord, lady?
Tracy: Hell no! I want you to help me get my old man back!
Brian: Well, madam, if you really want your ...
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Soundtracks

Shakey Ground
Written by Jeffrey Bowen, Eddie Hazel (as Edward Hazel) and Al Boyd
Performed by The Temptations
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Pretty good, at least at first
31 October 2004 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Tracy is a secretary and display worker at a large Chicago department store, but she wants to be a fashion designer. Brian is running for alderman hoping he can improve his struggling neighborhood. Photographer Sean thinks Tracy should be a model named Mahogany, and he claims to like her fashions.

I thought Diana Ross did a good job, somewhat charming, very determined to succeed despite obstacles and not willing to let anyone stand in her way. She and Billy Dee Williams were good together. Anthony Perkins started out normal but ended up crazy, which is no surprise considering his most famous role. I liked the theme song and the jazz that was played in some scenes where Sean and Tracy were together. The movie started out good but took a sharp turn downhill about halfway through and showed promise of recovering but didn't really deliver. That's not to say there wasn't quality work, but I just wasn't impressed.

The movie's primary lesson seems to be that success does not always bring happiness. I can say this without a warning because the movie starts with Tracy being a success at something (it's not clear just what) and returns to her days before being 'discovered'.


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