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Movin' with Nancy

4.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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From the very first steps of Nancy's legendary boots, this groundbreaking television special takes you on a journey through '60s pop culture. Music videos a decade before there were music videos, acclaimed choreography by David Winters, Emmy Award-winning direction by Jack Haley Jr., Nancy and Lee Hazlewood together and Frank, Dean and Sammy in their prime. A classic hour to enjoy over and over again. With trend-setting fashions, hit songs and scenic California locations, it's a trip back to a hip time with one of the coolest women in rock and roll.

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Network television was already wrestling with a generation gap and the rowdy cultural upheaval posed by rock when NBC aired this 1967 special for Nancy Sinatra, with younger viewers increasingly tuning out the typical videotaped studio productions that typified TV specials. To sidestep those conventions (and, one suspects, to showcase the star's modest performing gifts to best advantage), director Jack Haley Jr. shot Movin' with Nancy on film in and around Los Angeles, yielding sequences that anticipate the visual experiments that would characterize music videos more than a decade later.

The results are intriguing: for Sinatra's fans, the chance to see her in all her leggy, miniskirted glory will be irresistible, but amateur pop sociologists will be at least as fascinated by the period details and some unwittingly bizarre undercurrents. For the putative teen viewers of the day, there's the psychedelic montage of "Some Velvet Morning," one of several duets with Sinatra's frequent partner at that time, Lee Hazlewood (a country-tinged, B-team Sonny to her blonde variation on Cher), interweaving the two singers on horseback and making much out of bewildering references to Phaedra. For the grownups, there are segments teaming her with Dean Martin (awkwardly addressed as her "god-uncle") and Sammy Davis Jr., as well as a reverential sequence in which she caresses oversized posters of her famous father (including a still from his then-current crime feature, Tony Rome, depicting him with a menacing pistol) that raises all sorts of knotty psychiatric issues.

The mix of Rat Pack glitz, flower power, and mainstream pop gets an added kick with Day-Glo fashions cut to Carnaby Street lines, vintage commercials for Royal Crown Cola ("It's a mad, mad, mad, mad cola!"), and pop covers that likewise lock in a sense of temporal dislocation as Nancy gamely tackles "Up, Up and Away" (in a hot air balloon, of course) and "Who Will Buy?" from Oliver!, here goosed with go-go powered dancing. --Sam Sutherland


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  • Actors: Nancy Sinatra, Dean Martin, Lee Hazlewood, David Winters, Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Directors: Jack Haley Jr.
  • Writers: Tom Mankiewicz
  • Producers: Nancy Sinatra, Jack Haley Jr., Frank Bueno, Steven North
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2000
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305836655
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,675 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Movin' with Nancy" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Nancy Sinatra=attitude, and this wonderful DVD bubbles over with it. From the very beginning NBC Color Peacock through the final "This has been an NBC Presentation," "Movin' With Nancy" takes the viewer back in time to a modder, madder time.
The cinematography sparkles throughout, in a fantastic transfer that gives the illusion that the footage was shot a few days ago, not a few decades ago. The songs--from the opening "Gotta Get Out of This Town" through such Nancy hits as "Sugar Town" and "Friday's Child", and covers like "Up Up and Away" and "What I Say"-- all sound wonderful. Oh, and the clothes...! Mod to the max!
The guest appearances (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and "Daddy," in particular) highlight Nancy's family connections, and in a way bring back the past, especially if you, as I do, remember seeing "The Dean Martin Show" etc. back in the day.
What I like even better than the special itself are the Royal Crown Cola commercials. Nancy notes in the accompanying booklet that the commercials were shot especially for the special, and were held to the same production values and style as the special themselves. Nancy does two different ones, both of which play up her tough kitten image and entwines it with the soft drink. Dino, Desi, and Billy make an appearance in one, as well-- filmed at the Hollywood Bowl, looking very much like it belongs in, say, "Help!" The other one, by some Australian guy who I had never heard of before, brings the style of late 1960's VOGUE magazine to the small screen in a trippy, model-filled sequence.
And Art Linkletter introduces the story of the cola nut. Enough said.
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After much begging and pleading by her fans, Nancy Sinatra has finally released her 1967 Emmy-winning special "Movin' with Nancy" on video and DVD. Containing an amazing soundtrack, first-rate guests, and classic '60s fashions, this campy, classy special has the potential - now that it is being exposed to a new generation of Nancy fans - to maintain cult status.
From the very first glimpse of those legendary boots stepping out the front door, to the recording studio where we witness daddy Frank crooning a tune as only he can, to an abandoned amusement park that comes alive by Nancy's presence, "Movin'" is a fantastic, exciting hour of entertainment.
Made in the days before MTV, and the expensive, high-tech music video, (when shows like "Ed Sullivan" were the only ways to hear your favorite artists sing their hit songs) this fast-paced show contains some of the '60s guiltiest of pleasures in terms of music. Nancy's vocals are tops and her performance commendable (she was nominated for a Golden Globe) as she sings and swings through such classics as "Sugar Town," "Up, Up and Away," "Some Velvet Morning," "Jackson" (both with Lee Hazlewood), "What'd I Say" (with Sammy Davis, Jr.) and "Things" (with Dean Martin).
As a bonus, this digitally-remastered classic features two RC Cola commercials with our lady singing the jingle ("it's a mad, mad, mad, mad cola"), and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the making of "Movin'" with voice-overs by Nancy and director Jack Haley, Jr. (who won an Emmy for this).
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I purely enjoyed this 1-hour Nancy Sinatra special from 1967. Lots of great songs, including one by guest Frank Sinatra!

The behind-the-scenes "home movies" segment at the end of the program was nice also (with 2000 voice-over narration by Nancy and the special's director).

I also enjoyed seeing the Art Linkletter introductory piece at the start of the program -- plus all the original RC-Cola commercials (including one done by Nancy herself)! Very elaborately-done commercial spots.

Best song and best video for that song, in my opinion, goes to Nancy and Lee Hazlewood's duet "Jackson", which ends with a short clip with Nancy's brother, Frank Jr.

This is a "must-see" for fans of Nancy or Frank or if you simply want to immerse yourself in the 1960s again!
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A trip down memory lane, for those of us who grew up in the 60's. Lots of fun even for those who weren't even around in the 60's: Upbeat songs, great costumes, dancing and choreography. We love seeing those groovy 60's fashions and their bright colors, too. Also--the bonus RC Cola commercials throughout are a fun nostalgic trip (they just don't make commercials like thye used to!)
Our entire family loves watching and singing along with this video and has done so many, many times!!
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Innovative and definately ahead of it's time MOVIN'WITH NANCY truly deserves the title "special". Her hairstyle and clothing are the only real clues that it is from 1967. It could as easily have been made this year for VH1. It is fitting that part of the WHO WILL BUY number is staged on a roller coaster. This program takes you on a roller coaster ride of dizzying emotions. There is comedy, drama, and pathos. FRIDAY'S CHILD in my opinion is the best,set against a stark, somewhat disturbing backdrop. It packs a wallop. Nancy wisely dropped backing vocals that were present on the single. The effect is staggering. She totally sells the song, except for the "born a little ugly" line. The woman is gorgeous. This is a must have for Nancy Sinatra fans, and has something to offer for music fans in general. I do believe it will be "Movin'" right off the shelves, so act now!
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