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Barnum (1986)

Michael Crawford , Eileen Battye , Terry Hughes , Peter Coe (II)  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Crawford, Eileen Battye, Michael Heath, Christina Collier, Sharon Benson
  • Directors: Terry Hughes, Peter Coe (II)
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Water Bearer
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2001
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059PQI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,674 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Barnum" on IMDb

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A leaping, spinning, and singing Michael Crawford stars as the worlds greatest showman, Phineas T. Barnum, in Harold Fielding's rousing Victoria Palace production of the smash circus musical Barnum. Hailed as "the definitive Barnum", Crawford delivers beautiful songs and show stopping circus moments one after another. the story traces P.T. Barnum's career from his humble beginnings as a sideshow promoter, right through to co-founding "The Greatest Show On Earth": The Barnum & Bailey Circus. grab some cotton candy and get ready for The Greatest Video On Earth!

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Musical , Cheap DVD Distributor April 19, 2001
I have loved Barnum ever since I saw this production on PBS. The DVD is great but there is absolutely NO information about the production! No brochure, no program notes, no cast list, no printed song list, nothing; only a song list accessible using the menu button on the DVD remote. Shame on Waterbearer Films for having so little regard for its customers. There is some video noise on the DVD probably from the transfer from UK to North American video standards but it's still worth buying for the fabulous production of Cy Coleman's glorious musical.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring Barnum back to the stage!!!!!!!! October 20, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I did not have the opportunity to see Barnum when it played Broadway. WHAT A FANTASTIC SHOW. Michael Crawford is superb as is the rest of the cast. Coleman's score is terrific, and the original staging by the late Joe Layton reminds us of his true genius. Any fan of the theatre will love this video, until it returns to the stage. With all of the good and bad revivals on broadway this one surely deserves to be at the top of the list
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You've got to see this! July 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw "Barnum" on Bravo back in 1994. I was blown away by it! Michael Crawford was so much fun to watch in the title role. The rest of the cast seemed to be enjoying themselves too. It was, however, 3 years(!) before I was able to get my hands on a copy of the video. The wait was well worth it! I had forgotten about the amazing staging/choreography of this show. If you're into musical theatre or Michael Crawford, then what are you waiting for? Buy this'll be glad you did!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I "Guarantee" You'll Enjoy This Show, Really!!! :o) October 28, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have read many "5 Star" reviews on Amazon, I bought the CD or DVD or VHS, and found it to be "so-so"....maybe 3 1/2 stars. So, I am skeptical about Amazon reviews. But, in this case, the reviewers are "right on" when they praise this "Musical". And, this rendition stars a famous actor/singer, Michael Crawford. He is very good or even "excellent". You might want to buy it "used" but even at the "new" price, it is worth paying for... $30 is cheaper than one ticket to a show these days, correct!? You'll enjoy it, I "guarantee" it!.....:o) Email:boland7214@aol.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crawford's Barnum a delight! March 31, 1998
Format:VHS Tape
Barnum is a musical based on the life of famed Phineas Taylor Barnum. Michael Crawford portrays the man. Bringing a fresh energy to his portrayal Michael does such great stunts as walking the tight rope while singing. Sliding down a rope from the rear of the auditorium. This is a stage production that was taped in London. Michael Crawford's other credits include, The Phantom of the Opera, Flowers for Algernon, and Billy. He can also be seen in the Disney film CONDORMAN, and the Gene Kelly directed Motion Picture Hello Dolly. END
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Barnum! August 10, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Michael Crawford is super. Watching this show it's hard to imagine doing this over 1400 times. I have seen the American movie version and there is absolutely no comparison! This is a must have for anyone who enjoys circus movies, musicals or both!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment for anyone! January 17, 2002
It's really a shame that more productions like this aren't available. Back in 50's musicals like "Of Thee I Sing" and "Once Upon a Mattress" aired on CBS with stars like Carol Burnett and Carroll O'Connor in major roles. With so much wonderful entertainment virtually lost to new generations, BARNUM was a real treat to behold. Michael Crawford shines as circus flim-flam man P.T. Barnum and proves that he's more than just a great singer, he's a true crowd pleaser. The rest of the cast does a fine job in keeping up with the whole circus atmosphere. It would be nice if they would put the original cast with Jim Dale and Glenn Close (before she was the star she is now) on video so we can see an American production as well. Some of the script changes due to locale tend to water the text down a bit, but not enough to dampen the fun. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves theatre, the circus, Michael Crawford, or to anyone who just wants to watch something "a little different".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live theatre in your living room October 18, 2001
Barnum was well worth sending half way across the world for,(sadly, no longer available in the UK). This lively musical is full of song, colour and breathtaking displays of skill and co-ordination. Michael Crawford is outstanding in his role as P.T. Barnum and is full of animation as he sings, dances and performs amazing circus feats which include walking on the tightrope.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great performances and good songs. Can't go wrong with Michael Crawford.
Published 1 day ago by David Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Barnum
What a treat to see Michael Crawford Play P.T. Barnum A high energy treat from start to finish,where we get to see Barnum grow through the year to become the greatest show man of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by richard wirt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recording of a beautifully done stage play.
I bought this for my mother, who is a huge Crawford fan. I was surprised at the quality of not only the recording, but of the stage production that it captured. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ActorBrent
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, but obscure, musical that's a must have.
I think this musical never caught on because it requires everyone in the cast to be at least a juggler or better, a circus performer. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Faludi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Original Broaddway Show, starring Michael Crawford
Since I am a broadway show fan, something this good is a favorite ! The super talented Michael Crawford performs as he did in the original stage presentation. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J.Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Crawford, music, dance, fabulous staging
This film of the London stage musical is great. Who knew that Crawford could walk a tightrope? Highly recommended for all audiences..
Published 7 months ago by wanderlust
4.0 out of 5 stars My Reactions to "Barnum"
I've seen this only once and must look at it again to know it better. I got it because I'm a big Michael Crawford fan [no! really??] -- yep. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Betty L. Willard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Circus Tunes!
Though the musical had a book that took in PT Barnum's life, it was sketchy at best. But overall the music and performer were sensational. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bruce Lauton
4.0 out of 5 stars Barnum Brilliant
I didn't like Jenny Lind, but the rest of the cast made up for her. A fast moving, colourful circus musical, full of daring stunts, with Michael Crawford doing his own stunt work,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Parkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Presentation.
This was a wonderful presentatio of this Musical, i just wish it was of the Origin al Broadway cast instead.
Published 14 months ago by bobby wayne simpson
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