- Director:Brian Gibson
- Writer:Ron Hutchinson,Michael Zagor
- Cast:Lynn Whitfield,Rubén Blades,David Dukes
- Time:2h 10min
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Lynn Whitfield||-||Josephine Baker|
|Rubén Blades||-||Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino|
|David Dukes||-||Jo Bouillon|
|Louis Gossett Jr.||-||Sidney Williams|
|Craig T. Nelson||-||Walter Winchell|
|Kene Holiday||-||Sidney Bechet (as Kene Holliday)|
|Vivian Bonnell||-||Josephine's Mother|
|Mayah McCoy||-||Josephine -Age 8|
|Ainslie Currie||-||Josephine - Age 13|
|Pierre Magny||-||Poul Colin|
|Franco Britt||-||Victor (as Franco Iiriti)|
|George Faison||-||Emcee in Harlem Club|
|Robert Lesser||-||Copa City Manager|
|Luis Reyes||-||Josephine's Father|
|Vivienne Eytle||-||Josephine's Sister|
Filmed in over one hundred different locations, with eighty speaking parts, and six thousand extras, this movie was given the biggest budget of any HBO production (up until that time), as well the network's most extensive promotional campaign.
Diana Ross, Diahnne Abbott, Irene Cara, Holly Robinson Peete, Whitney Houston, and Neneh Cherry were considered for the role of Josephine Baker.
Robert De Niro was considered for the role of Giuseppe Pepito Abatino.
In 1975, Diahann Carroll was announced as starring in a television version of this story.