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!"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good film despite the abysmal songs. O'Toole is terrific.Published 27 days ago by Lawrence E Yurkonis
5 stars for peter o' toole and petula clark, 5 stars for the sound and picture, 5 stars for the musical scores, 4 stars for the storyline--boring near the end of the picturePublished 1 month ago by Francis A. Dabu
Great movie I have watched many times....good feeling movie with sad parts also. I recommend.Published 1 month ago by Olivia L. Hartman
Peter O'Toole is great in this movie and so is Petula Clark.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a Peter O'toole fanatic, I try to get as many videos that are available---this one of them.Published 3 months ago by Brownie
First, full disclosure: I deeply admire Peter O'Toole's acting. Having said so, I still rate his performance in this film as a triumph - particularly the scene after his wife's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lawrence G. Kelley
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