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To start with, you've got some seriously talented women working at peak form here. Shirley MacLaine may not entirely fill Gwen Verdon's dancing shoes - who could? - but she makes a delightful Charity nonetheless. If you're looking for proof, simply watch the opening credits; not since Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast At Tiffany's" has an actress so thoroughly nailed a character in her first few minutes of screen time. There may be some overly cute moments here and there (for which the director and/or screenwriter must share resposibility), but there's no denying MacLaine gives a very real and touching performance.Read more ›
Charity (Shirley MacLaine) works at the Fan Dango Ballroom, a dingy dime-a-dance hall where the girls give a lot more away than dances. Charity runs her heart like a hotel, and gives her love to one undeserving man after another. Her two best friends Nickie and Helene (Chita Rivera and Paula Kelly) are the ones who help Charity when she is ultimately betrayed by each boyfriend who comes into her life. Ever-hopeful (sometimes impossibly-so), Charity goes through life with wide eyes and wide dreams...
When Charity meets the mild-mannered Oscar Linquist (John McMartin re-creating his Broadway performance), she believes that she will finally be able to leave her sordid past and profession behind her. But will Oscar be as understanding?
Shirley MacLaine colors Charity more vividly than Broadway's Gwen Verdon did (or was permitted to do). MacLaine is especially affecting and heartbreaking in the final 15 minutes of the movie, and sings a plaintive "Where Am I Going?".
Bob Fosse's first big Hollywood film, SWEET CHARITY was a big, if not huge, success when it was first released. The choppy editing and artistic touches that audiences failed to appreciate then make much more sense now, following the success of MOULIN ROUGE. The impressive supporting cast includes Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis Jr. and Stubby Kaye.
This beautiful new Special Edition DVD presents the complete 'Road-Show' version of the film including Overture and Intermission. There are also many extras including the trailer, the original 'Making-of' featurette, a featurette where designer Edith Head takes us through her colorful costumes, and the alternate ending that was never used. (Single-sided, dual-layer disc).
Reading the poor reviews of this film can only lead me to believe that those reviewers did not watch this film with an open mind nor an open heart.
This is truly brilliant filmmaking.
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Yep, she loves it. Came in perfect condition, excellent playback and case.Published 1 month ago by D.G.
I first saw this film while sailing to Italy and instantly fell in love with it.Published 2 months ago by Live_from_90038
One of Bob Fosse's master pieces. Shirley is perfect and Ricardo Montalban can't be more handsomePublished 4 months ago by Elsa Blomeier Eppen
love the movie, the tape I bought itself has a weird noise in the audioPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an old movie that Shirley MacLaine did. I enjoyed the movie and so I had to have it.Published 9 months ago by John S. Baber
One of my favorite movies, Shirley MacLaine is just fantastic. Paula Kelly and Chita Rivera are wonderful, but my favorite part of this movie was watching the great Sammy Davis Jr. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Yummy Bush
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