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On the Town (2008)

Gene Kelly , Frank Sinatra  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, Betty Garrett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • 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: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00143XE1E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "On the Town" on IMDb

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On the Town, New York, New York, it's a wonderful town - especially when sailors Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin have a 24-hour shore leave to see the sights - and when those sights include Ann Miller, Betty Garrett and Vera-Ellen. Co-Directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen, based on the Broadway hit and set to an Academy Award winning adaptation score, On the Town changed the landscape of movie musicals, opening filmmakers' eyes to what could be done on location. And when brilliant location and studio production numbers are blended, it could be - as here- ebullient, up-and-at-'em perfection. The Bronx is up and the Battery's down, but no one can be down after going On the Town.

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exuberant, Joyous . . . and a Trend-Setter April 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Some critic--I can't remember who--defined the musical parts of a musical as "explosions of joy." Which makes 1949's "On the Town" one of the most joyfully explosive movie musicals ever. Before the three sailors (Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin) get to leave their ship on 24-hour shore leave, they are "serenaded" by a heavy-equipment operator who stretches and musically moans "I feel like I'm not out of bed yet." A digital ticker-tape-type clock marks the exact time our boys can leave ship as they launch into the theme song, "New York, New York, a Wonderful Town," (which was bowdlerized from "a Helluva Town" on Broadway).

The plot is a nifty number where all three gobs pick up gals but one of them loses his--through neither of their fault--then spends the rest of the day looking for her. The satiric vein is mined along the day with references to museum snobs, overcrowded nightclubs, hillbilly music, taskmaster Russian ballet coaches and that Manhattan favorite--eavesdropping on the subway.

Just briefly, there are two paradoxical reasons why I think this film works so well. First, we have here a repertory cast whose areas of expertise hadn't quite jelled yet. So Frank Sinatra was allowed to play a shy kid instead of a heavy, Ann Miller was allowed to play light comedy instead of just tap-dance, and Betty Garrett was allowed to BE in the movie before her husband crossed the red-baiters of the Fifties (back then, the idea usually was to blacklist first and ask questions later). Gene Kelly seems to be at his relaxed and versatile best, and Vera-Ellen is a simply wonderful dancer.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A NIGHT AT HOME ON THE TOWN! August 31, 2000
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New York, New York, a wonderful town- With Gene, Jules, Frank, and three cute girls around!
In this brilliant collaboration of direction by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, three lovable sailors are on 24-hour leave in the Big Apple. The on-location cinematography and Oscar-winning score provide the backdrop for the rousing, joyous musical. En route to find Gabey's (Kelly) dream girl, Miss Turnstiles of the month, Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen), he and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) and Chip (Frank Sinatra) encounter a ready-for-love cab driver, Brunhilde ("Hildy") Esterhazy (Betty Garrett), and Claire Huddeson, a tap-dancing anthropologist (Ann Miller). The joyous night on the town spurns many an unexpected surprise for the sailors and their girls: the felling of a prehistoric dinosaur, a glitzy waltz through some of New York's exclusive nightclubs, and the boys dancing in gypsy attire. Other delights to be savored are: Kelly, Munshin, and Sinatra's rendition of "New York, New York, It's A Wonderful Town", Kelly's imaginative dance sequence with Vera-Ellen, and the belting brilliance from the sixsome of the title song make "On the Town" one of MGM's most irrepresibly fun and unforgettable musicals of the '40's. Have a ball tonight and go "on the town"!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kelly & Co. Deliver December 5, 2001
Format:DVD
Here's an idea: Get a group of exceptionally talented performers together, sketch in an outline of a story based on a successful Broadway show, then supply the score, songs and setting in which they can individually and collectively showcase their respective gifts, turn them loose and see what happens, see if it works. Of course, by the time this film was made in 1949, MGM knew it would work, as it had for them many times previously; there was no guess work involved. The result this time around was "On The Town," a lively musical which marked the directorial debut of co-directors Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, with Kelly starring and also doing the choreography. The plot is simple: Three sailors get twenty-four-hour shore leave in New York and set off to make the most of it. Chip (Frank Sinatra) wants to see the sights; Ozzie (Jules Munshin) wants to play; and Gabey (Kelly) immediately falls into an obsession over a girl he sees on a subway poster, "Miss Turnstiles" of the month, Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen), and vows to find her. Along the way they run into a quirky cab driver, Brunhilde (Betty Garrett), and a young woman, Claire (Ann Miller), doing some research at a museum. But what this movie is really all about is entertainment, and it delivers it by the songful.
Kelly and Donen bring it all to life through the words and music of Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Leonard Bernstein, and the score, which earned an Oscar for Roger Edens and Lennie Hayton. it kicks off with Sinatra, Munshin and Kelly doing "New York, New York," in which they enlighten you to the fact that "The Bronx is up and the Battery's down, and people ride in a hole in the ground--" a dynamite opening that sets the stage for all that comes after.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post World War II Comes To Life MGM Style April 20, 2005
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One of the most familiar images of an MGM musical would be Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin dressed as sailors singing the catchy words "New York New York's A wonderful town; The Bronx is up and the Battery's down; the people ride in a hole in the ground; New York New York: It's a wonderful town." While the song by Leonard Bernstein is from a Broadway musical called ON THE TOWN, it is MGM's adaptation (Broadway lovers may refer to it a usurpation) that makes the song immortal today.

ON THE TOWN tells the story of three sailors: the lovable, somewhat cocky, but sincere Gabey (Gene Kelly), his clueless friend Chip (played by Frank Sinatra), and the bumbling Ozzie (Jules Munshin) who are on leave in New York City for a day. The three take a taxi where the driver Hilde (Betty Garrett) falls madly in love with Chip. She wants to ditch the other two sailors to be with her new found love, but the Chip will not abandon his two friends. Ozzie finds love when visiting the museum of natural history when he meets the intellectual Claire (Ann Miller). Gabey has yet to find the love of his life, a woman he knows only as "Miss Turnstiles" from a subway poster. He believes she is a famous New York celebrity, but discovers she is a hometown girl. There are also antics that would seem silly to a moviegoer today. The taxi company believes the taxi has been stolen. A skeleton of a dinosaur is damaged at the museum. A police chase ensues. Still, MGM, a studio that turned making unbelievable worlds into reality into an art form, does the same with this film.

There are many reasons this film is considered a classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good old time movie.
Published 3 days ago by NYorker
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes and!!
Please show me more Gene Kelly looking adorable in a sailor suit. Why don't we have any current day Gene Kellys? Oh wait, because there can only be one highlander!
Published 4 days ago by Tina Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars my grandfather loved
just as described, my grandfather loved it
Published 10 days ago by Heather Morello
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
ok
Published 24 days ago by bitx
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 26 days ago by trond jessen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Heading to NYC with my 10 year old and are on a NYC movie marathon! Classic NYC!
Published 1 month ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic favorite
I great musical with a fantastic cast, as they travel around New York City finding love and a bit of adventure. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Twain
4.0 out of 5 stars On the Town
A fun movie with singing, dancing, Sinatra, Kelly and no story really. The latter is unimportant, the duo of Sinatra and Kelly more than acceptable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daniel Roman
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointment
Very disapointed as it Will not play in my dvd player, love this film and was so looking forward to watching it.
Published 4 months ago by Deborah soderberg
4.0 out of 5 stars One you might have missed
Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and of White Christmas fame Vera-Ellen team up to give you a fun, if not classic, New York City musical period piece. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael
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This movie was made as a 4:3 (standard) size movie. It is not available in widescreen. Most movies prior to the 1980s were made as standard screen movies. Exceptions were the "block-buster" films like Ben-Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, etc.
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