Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)
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Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark star in a musical adaptation of the classic 1939 Academy Award-winning, heartwarming film about the love between a shy teacher and his outgoing wife. Although singing star Katherine Chipping (Clark) dies far too young, her love inspires Arthur Chipping (O'Toole) to become an exceptional teacher and schoolmaster in this story of honor, manners and the joy of a live lived in the service of others.]]>
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This is a heart-warming film for the entire family. Some would argue the acting isn't great, O'Toole can't sing and Robert Donat was better in the 1939 original. They miss the point. This film has a soul. It has grace, charm, warmth, music and is in a class of its own. I didn't expect to like this film and its songs -- but I do. Leslie Bricusse and John Williams won the Oscar for Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation) and picked up the Golden Globe as well. O'Toole was nominated for, but did not win, the Oscar that year. However he did win the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy and the NBR Best Actor Award for this film. And Petula Clark sings beautifully!
Please, whoever holds the film rights (MGM or Warner), give us O'Toole and Clark in this wonderful, heart-warming film, both on DVD and CD. Delightful film. Highly recommended!
January 27, 2009 UPDATE:
See: ASIN: B00005JO3W. The restored film was released on DVD in its original widescreen format and 5.1 surround sound. Yes!
The music is stunning. You just don't hear music arranged/orchestrated like this any more. Most of the lyrics are simplistic, and often quite funny, but I think they all are endearing and enduring. I have friends who love this film as much as I. Whenever one of us is ready for another look (via the widescreen MGM laserdisc...not YET available on DVD, drat it!) we usually let the others know by quoting the lyrics to "London is London" (can there be any doubt about it?).
This film stands up much better than most film musicals of the era. For sheer entertainment value and an emotional wallop, it's nearly in a class by itself. O'Toole's then-wife, Sian Phillips, has one of the most delicious turns in film musical history as a man-mad (and man-eating) vamp.
Anyone who loves musicals will find this among the best they've ever seen.
John Williams adapted and conducted the score. Songs were written by Leslie Bricusse. Williams' adaptation efforts were to take Bricusse's songs and create an underscore that seamlessly blended with the songs and action on the film. He accomplished this with a brilliance we have since become accustomed to. For his magnificent efforts, Williams was nominated for the 1969 Best Scoring (adaptation) Oscar but did NOT win (Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman won for "Hello, Dolly!"
But what about the movie? How many Amazonians have got to write 5-star reviews before the people at MGM, Warner, Turner...or whoever it is...get the message? This film has been the subject of a vitriolic and totally undeserved onslaught from the critics from when it opened. It is, in fact, a beautifully crafted story with performances you only dream about; a tremendous score, breathtakingly arranged and conducted by John Williams and a visually compelling movie.
For goodness sake, get on with it.
We need a decent DVD taken from a restored print. No cuts (we fans know how you have hacked it about in the past) - and please include the overture, entr'acte and exit music. And, while you're about it, a properly restored 70mm theatrical release print...lots of them, please (I live in the UK and am fed up of getting cast offs from the USA).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed it, but the music was more than a little dated. Wasn't up to John Williams' usual standards.Published 17 days ago by Craig L. Sengstock
It's a long film, but worth watching. The story is bumped forward into the 20th century covering the period just after WWI into the 1960s, and therefore encompasses much more of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Janet L Newton
It's not true that it got uniformly bad reviews - many respectable reviewers liked it. But it did fail at the box office. Especially in the States. Read morePublished 3 months ago by addison de witt
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|Blu-ray release of Goodbye, Mr. Chips?||
I agree, there is so much junk being dumped on the market, where is the GOODBYE MR CHIPS 1968 musical version!
Sep 25, 2013 by blu ray lover | See all 2 posts
|Widescreen VS. "Full" Screen||
if not in widescreen there is no reason to buy untill the panavsion version is released...kind of archaic not to release the true version....cancelling my order
Dec 31, 2008 by Amazon Customer | See all 2 posts
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