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Queen of the Stardust Ballroom [VHS]
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It is interesting to watch a movie when you are young and compare the difference to your reaction 30 years later. I was all of 20 when I watched this movie when it appeared as a made-for-TV film back in 1974-75. I loved the dancing, and in fact, some 13 years later, my husband and I took up ballroom dancing. The ending was sad and left me rather disappointed, even back then.
At age 51, I find this film harder to watch, because I now strongly identify with the main character, definitely more than at age 20. I've also experienced life more. Although Bea is probably 10-15 years older, the events that happen to her are not too far off for me. It is especially difficult to watch the beginning, when Bea's husband dies, because I've been in that situation already where you are sitting in the hospital, waiting for your loved one to pass on. The ending is also difficult, because you grow to care for Bea and want the best for her, especially after she fought so hard with family members to keep this new life she created for herself. Although a romance, this film leaves you feeling slightly sad and let down after watching it. That's a sign of an excellent film --it makes an impact, evokes emotions, no matter if you're 20 or 51.
One small nitpick: Maureen Stapleton cannot sing--her offkey singing is a little jarring. I wonder why her voice wasn't dubbed. Durning does a better job, but he's no Michael Buble. However, the two actors have a nice chemistry on screen and do a good job with the dancing. This is a wonderful, timeless film and features some great dance music.
she desided to stop being a plain looking woman & colors her gray hair and starts to wear makeup which she never did before.
And Charles During was wonderful as her dance partner & friend. Very enjoyable movie.
I love it now, though, suddenly, the characters are my age, which I found disconcerting, but I still love the movie.
As to the complaints about MS's singing, she is playing a normal woman, like most of us, and is not necessarily supposed to be a good singer. It is very realistic that she has an average voice. I loved the very first song she sang when she was newly widowed, something, like "who told you that you could leave"?
This is a movie I love to watch alone, with a cup of cocoa, and just enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Liked the story. Like the main characters. I saw it about 25 yrs ago and always wanted to see it again. Love is not only for the young, but for all ages.Published 1 month ago by Lorraine Della Villa
What woman would not like this wonderful movie, I fell for ambiance of the storyPublished 12 months ago by Kathleen P. Gray
Was purchased as a surprise gift for a friend. She loved it :-)Published 15 months ago by Danice E Creager
This was my Dad's favorite movie of all time. He died very young, in 1978, and one day, I started thinking about old movies and decided to try to find "Queen of the Stardust... Read morePublished 18 months ago by L. P. Zuber
this is my mom's favorite movie. now she has a copy she can watch over and over. it's a great movie and i would definitely recommend it to anyone.Published on June 18, 2014 by marricad
I purchased this VHS because I remember how much I enjoyed the made for TV movie. They changed the ending. Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by abcxyz
Forget the negatives. this movie is a classic great. A widow gives herself a second chance on life and lives. The Stardust ballroom is alive with life. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by brandrewpaul
MY MOM LOVED THIS MOVIE AND HAS WATCHED IT MANY MANY TIMES. SHE WAS SO EXCITED TO RECEIVE IT AND WATCHED IT IMMEDIATELY. IT TOOK HER BACK.Published on December 5, 2013 by TINA RAMIREZ
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