Harry Belafonte

Harold George "Harry" Belafonte, Jr. (originally Belafonete; born March 1, 1927) is an American of Jamaican and Martiniquan descent who is a singer, actor, and social activist. He was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Belafonte has starred in several films. His first film role was in Bright Road (1953), in which he appeared alongside Dorothy Dandridge. The two subsequently starred in Otto Preminger's hit musical Carmen Jones (1954). In 1957's Island in the Sun, there are hints of an affair between Belafonte's character and Joan Fontaine. The film also starred James Mason, Dandridge, Joan Collins, Michael Rennie, and John Justin. In 1959, he starred in and produced Robert Wise's Odds Against Tomorrow, in which he played a bank robber. He also co–starred with Inger Stevens in The World, the Flesh and the Devil. Belafonte was offered the role of Porgy in Preminger's Porgy and Bess, where he would have once again starred opposite Dandridge, but he refused the role because he objected to its racial stereotyping. Dissatisfied with the film roles available to him, he returned to music during the 1960s. But in the early 1970s Belafonte appeared in more films among which are two with Poitier: Buck and the Preacher (1972) and Uptown Saturday Night (1974). In 1984, Belafonte produced and scored the musical film Beat Street, dealing with the rise of hip–hop culture. Belafonte next starred in a major film again in the mid-1990s, appearing with John Travolta in the ...

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Bobby (2006)

In 1968 the lives of a retired doorman, hotel manager, lounge singer, busboy, beautician and others intersect in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Emilio Estevez
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Joy Bryant  •  Nick Cannon  •  Emilio Estevez

In 1968 the lives of a retired doorman, hotel manager, lounge singer, busboy, beautician and others intersect in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Emilio Estevez
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Joy Bryant  •  Nick Cannon  •  Emilio Estevez

Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

An old-time crook plans a heist. When one of his two partners is found out to be a black man tensions flare.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Robert Ryan  •  Shelley Winters  •  Ed Begley

An old-time crook plans a heist. When one of his two partners is found out to be a black man tensions flare.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Robert Ryan  •  Shelley Winters  •  Ed Begley

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004)

This film examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news, and provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangerous impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Greenwald
CAST:  Christiane Amanpour  •  George W. Bush  •  George Carlin  •  Tom Brokaw

This film examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news, and provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangerous impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Greenwald
CAST:  Christiane Amanpour  •  George W. Bush  •  George Carlin  •  Tom Brokaw

Ready to Wear (1994)

Paris Fashion Week draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors, photographers. Follows the various storylines of these characters, centering around a murder investigation of a prominent fashion figure. Features an all-star cast.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Sophia Loren  •  Jean-Pierre Cassel  •  Chiara Mastroianni

Paris Fashion Week draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors, photographers. Follows the various storylines of these characters, centering around a murder investigation of a prominent fashion figure. Features an all-star cast.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Sophia Loren  •  Jean-Pierre Cassel  •  Chiara Mastroianni

The Player (1992)

A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Greta Scacchi  •  Fred Ward  •  Whoopi Goldberg

A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Greta Scacchi  •  Fred Ward  •  Whoopi Goldberg

The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

Ralph Burton is a miner who is trapped for several days as a result of a cave-in. When he finally manages to dig himself out, he realizes that all of mankind seems to have been destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. He travels to New York City only to find it deserted. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ranald MacDougall
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Inger Stevens  •  Mel Ferrer

Ralph Burton is a miner who is trapped for several days as a result of a cave-in. When he finally manages to dig himself out, he realizes that all of mankind seems to have been destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. He travels to New York City only to find it deserted. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ranald MacDougall
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Inger Stevens  •  Mel Ferrer

Uptown Saturday Night (1974)

Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby team up in this hilarious misadventure as buddies Steve and Wardell, who head uptown to a swanky nightclub. Unfortunately, thieves hit the club and steal Steve's wallet -- which happens to hold a winning lottery ticket. Poitier also ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Poitier
CAST:  Sidney Poitier  •  Bill Cosby  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Calvin Lockhart

Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby team up in this hilarious misadventure as buddies Steve and Wardell, who head uptown to a swanky nightclub. Unfortunately, thieves hit the club and steal Steve's wallet -- which happens to hold a winning lottery ticket. Poitier also ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Poitier
CAST:  Sidney Poitier  •  Bill Cosby  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Calvin Lockhart

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)

A 1970 American documentary film biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented in the form of newsreel footage and segments of recordings by Dr. King, framed by celebrity narrators, including Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ruby Dee, James Earl ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet  •  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Coretta Scott King  •  Joanne Woodward  •  Ralph Abernathy

A 1970 American documentary film biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented in the form of newsreel footage and segments of recordings by Dr. King, framed by celebrity narrators, including Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ruby Dee, James Earl ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet  •  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Coretta Scott King  •  Joanne Woodward  •  Ralph Abernathy

Island in the Sun (1957)

On a Caribbean island, a rich landowner's son, Maxwell Fleury, is fighting for political office against black labor leader David Boyeur. As if the contentious election weren't enough, there are plenty of scandals to go around: Boyeur has a secret white lover and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Rossen
CAST:  James Mason  •  Joan Fontaine  •  Dorothy Dandridge  •  Joan Collins

On a Caribbean island, a rich landowner's son, Maxwell Fleury, is fighting for political office against black labor leader David Boyeur. As if the contentious election weren't enough, there are plenty of scandals to go around: Boyeur has a secret white lover and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Rossen
CAST:  James Mason  •  Joan Fontaine  •  Dorothy Dandridge  •  Joan Collins

Kansas City (1996)

Robert Altman's story is a riff on race, class, and power cross-cuts between the two kidnappings and the background of corrupt politics and virtuoso jazz music. It all takes place in Kansas City in 1934.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Michael Murphy

Robert Altman's story is a riff on race, class, and power cross-cuts between the two kidnappings and the background of corrupt politics and virtuoso jazz music. It all takes place in Kansas City in 1934.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Michael Murphy

White Man's Burden (1995)

The story takes place in alternative America where the blacks are members of social elite, and whites are inhabitants of inner city ghettos. Louis Pinnock is a white worker in a chocolate factory, loving husband and father of two children. While delivering a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Desmond Nakano
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Kelly Lynch  •  Margaret Avery

The story takes place in alternative America where the blacks are members of social elite, and whites are inhabitants of inner city ghettos. Louis Pinnock is a white worker in a chocolate factory, loving husband and father of two children. While delivering a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Desmond Nakano
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Kelly Lynch  •  Margaret Avery

Bright Road (1953)

Teachers at an all-black school fight to save a problem child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gerald Mayer
CAST:  Dorothy Dandridge  •  Philip Hepburn  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Barbara Randolph

Teachers at an all-black school fight to save a problem child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gerald Mayer
CAST:  Dorothy Dandridge  •  Philip Hepburn  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Barbara Randolph

Selma (2014)

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"Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ava DuVernay
CAST:  David Oyelowo  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  André Holland

"Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ava DuVernay
CAST:  David Oyelowo  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  André Holland

Sing Your Song (2012)

Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. This film unearths his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Susanne Rostock
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Sidney Poitier  •  Marge Champion  •  Fran Scott Attaway

Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. This film unearths his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Susanne Rostock
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Sidney Poitier  •  Marge Champion  •  Fran Scott Attaway

Mama Africa (2011)

Documentary about Miriam Makeba  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mika Kaurismäki
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Miriam Makeba  •  Kathleen Cleaver  •  Leopoldo Fleming

Documentary about Miriam Makeba  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mika Kaurismäki
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Miriam Makeba  •  Kathleen Cleaver  •  Leopoldo Fleming

Hava Nagila: The Movie (2012)

A documentary on the history of the song "Hava Nagila."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roberta Grossman
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Glen Campbell  •  Connie Francis  •  Danny Maseng

A documentary on the history of the song "Hava Nagila."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roberta Grossman
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Glen Campbell  •  Connie Francis  •  Danny Maseng

Moms Mabley (2013)

A feature documentary about Jackie "Moms" Mabley, an African-American stand-up comic and show-biz pioneer who emerged from the Chitlin' Circuit of African-American Vaudeville to become a mainstream star. Once billed as "The Funniest Woman in the World," Mabley ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Whoopi Goldberg
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Moms Mabley  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Joan Rivers

A feature documentary about Jackie "Moms" Mabley, an African-American stand-up comic and show-biz pioneer who emerged from the Chitlin' Circuit of African-American Vaudeville to become a mainstream star. Once billed as "The Funniest Woman in the World," Mabley ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Whoopi Goldberg
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Moms Mabley  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Joan Rivers

The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990)

While the Muppets prepare a tribute to the late Jim Henson, they learn about the life and career of the renowned puppeteer/film maker.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Harris
CAST:  Jim Henson  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Carol Burnett  •  John Denver

While the Muppets prepare a tribute to the late Jim Henson, they learn about the life and career of the renowned puppeteer/film maker.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Harris
CAST:  Jim Henson  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Carol Burnett  •  John Denver

Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom (2012)

Tony Curtis, the man who influenced Elvis Presley and James Dean. A sex symbol, a matinee idol, a powerful and magnetic actor, Tony Curtis was the original movie star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Ayres
CAST:  Jules Audry  •  Jim Backus  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Guillaume Cabaret

Tony Curtis, the man who influenced Elvis Presley and James Dean. A sex symbol, a matinee idol, a powerful and magnetic actor, Tony Curtis was the original movie star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Ayres
CAST:  Jules Audry  •  Jim Backus  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Guillaume Cabaret

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

Examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in US society from 1967 to 1975. It features footage of the movement shot by Swedish journalists in the United States during that period and includes the appearances of Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Göran Olsson
CAST:  Erykah Badu  •  Abiodun Oyewole  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Talib Kweli

Examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in US society from 1967 to 1975. It features footage of the movement shot by Swedish journalists in the United States during that period and includes the appearances of Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Göran Olsson
CAST:  Erykah Badu  •  Abiodun Oyewole  •  Harry Belafonte  •  Talib Kweli
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