On a Clear Day You Can See Forever details
|Starring:||Bob Newhart, Irene Handl, Simon Oakland, Larry Blyden, Barbra Streisand, Pamela Brown, Roy Kinnear, Yves Montand, Jack Nicholson, John Richardson|
|Genres:||Music/Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
|Run time:||2 hours 4 minutes|
|Rental release:||06 Jun 2005|
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ON A CLEAR DAY...By WILHUB (3 reviews) from GLASGOW , 13 Dec 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]ANY STREISAND FAN NOT SEEN THIS YET, IS IN FOR A TREAT. BEAUTIFUL MUSIC, LUSH SETTINGS, AND SOME GREAT NON-DELIBERATE COMEDIC SEQUENCES MAKE FOR A FILM WHICH WON`T DISAPPOINT. AMONG THE SCORE, TO BE WATCHED FOR, IS `LOVE WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS`, A LESS-KNOWN STREISAND VEHICLE, WHICH RANKED VERY HIGH IN A POLL OF FAVE STREISAND TRACKS, IN STREISAND`S OWN FANZINE.IT HAUNTS.
WATCH ALSO FOR THE SCENE IN WHICH SHE FALLS INTO A `TRANCE`, IN THE MIDDLE OF A HALLWAY, UNWITTINGLY BEGINNING TO REMOVE HER TIGHTS.THIS IS COMEDY AT ITS BEST:SPONTANEOUS.
SHOWN IN ITS ORIGINAL WIDESCREEN FORMAT, THIS IS WELL WORTH A WATCH, IF NOTHING ELSE TO SEE HOW THE SO-CALLED `UGLY DUCKLING`, FROM CHILDHOOD, BLOSSOMED INTO A TRULY BEAUTIFUL, IF UNCONVENTIONAL, DIVA.
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A musical about psychological abuse. How lovely.By a customer , 16 Jul 2011There is no level on which I didn't find this film uncomfortable viewing.
The plot boils down to: naive and highly suggestible young woman, Daisy (Streisand) seeks help from a psychotherapist practising in hypnotherapy in order to stop smoking and make herself more acceptable to her fiance's prospective employers. While he has her under hypnosis Dr Chabot (Montand) discovers that Daisy has an alter-ego - a possible past-life incarnation - in the form of the seductive 19th century Englishwoman Melinda. Without Daisy's consent, Chabot explores this past-life regression, taping his interactions with Melinda as he becomes increasingly obsessed with her.
Frankly, it would have taken a lot to save this film (pitched in the romantic musical genre) given that it basically centres around the abuse of a patient by her doctor.
IMO, there are no elements sufficient to salvage this dross: the plot is horrible - sweeping over the patient abuse angle, you also get lead male as manipulative swine, attempting to expose the rationale behind 'Melinda' by socialising with Daisy; dodgy romantic elements only covered in the last few minutes of the film when Chabot finally admits to Daisy that he is already married (charmer!); the songs are mediocre; the costumes for present and past generations are overly stylised; Streisand attempts 2 atrocious 'English' accents (upper crust and 'Cockerney' English... and clearly attended the Dick Van Dyke School of Diction when learning both); a youthful appearance from Jack Nicholson is wasted in a completely stereotypical role; and could ANYONE suspend disbelief for long enough to give credence to the idea that Streisand's character is some kind of plant whisperer when she spends the entire film sporting inch-long talon nails?
Streisand's voice gratesBy Lynxxx (17 reviews) from Worcestershire , 04 Apr 2011I've watched a few streisand films but I thought this one was dreadful.
I just found her performance completely annoying throughout this film and whenever she (or Yves Montand) began to sing I turned the sound way down. The songs just weren't very catchy and the story, though it sounded intriguing just wasn't very interesting when it came down to it. Musicals had just gone off the boil at this point it seems. Musicals of the 50's were great. It was the heyday. But by 1970 their time had passed.
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A must see for Streisand fans ..By Spirsty (1 review) from Fareham , 03 Nov 2009....... others may no be so impressed. :)
Wonderful Streisand at her BestBy a customer from Coventry , 18 Mar 2009This is one of my totally favourite films and certainly one of Streisand's best in acting and singing! Beautiful songs and soundtrack and stunning screenplay, script and visuals - very colourful and outlandish. Just a joy!
Barbra plays a woman who goes to be hypnotised and out comes this wonderful past life - glorious. A must see for any musical or Streisand fans
DisappointingBy a customer from East Grinstead , 17 Mar 2009Some of this film was good but it was too long - interesting for the clothes and to see a youngish Jack Nicholson