Ken Tucker
May 04, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mahogany

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
108 minutes
performer
Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins, Beah Richards
director
Berry Gordy

We gave it a C-

Three years after proving she was a movie star as well as a music icon in the Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues, Diana Ross flailed in this glossy melodrama, playing a model/fashion designer in love with pious political activist Williams (her Blues costar). The up-from-poverty theme is rendered banal by Motown founder Berry Gordy, who turned out to be a lousy director. Anthony Perkins is Mahogany‘s saving grace as an arrogant, manipulative, and therefore irresistible photographer. EXTRAS None.

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