|Starring:||Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Eddie Albert, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood, Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||2 hours 14 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Mar 2006|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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DisappointingBy Rehan (128 reviews) from London , 25 Sep 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]The widescreen format may make the visual side of this film thrilling, but the music is banal beyond belief - it would really be unkind to quote some of the words - the choreography is corny and stale, and the story aims for complexity by introducing a dark overtone but then just muffs it. In addition there is zero sexual tension between the two leads, who are as anodyne as possible.
All in all, it's not a bad example of why films like this are not made any more. Compared to something like the 1953 'A Star is Born' it's just a bad joke.
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Oh what a beautiful movieBy NOGOODBOYO (20 reviews) , 30 Jul 2013A wonderful film with an excellent soundtrack. Took me right back to my childhood (my mum loved a good musical) and watching this left me feeling happy and nostalgic. A classic film, with some good laughs along the way and songs that almost everyone knows. I love this film. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon sprawled out on the sofa and singing along.
moon in my winder...By zerosky (1 review) from uk , 18 Feb 2010Sumptuously restored version, this DVD edition played perfectly in letter-box mode. The Ballet scene alone is worth the admission cost. Hammerstein at the top of his game, as the lyricist himself once observed Only that which is good, simple and true are eternal Such a film is this.
The only complaint I have is the omission of Lonely Room Pore-Juds lament sung in the stage version after the shoot out in the smoke-house; this gives not only more depth to his predicament but also makes you quite sympathetic to his plight.
This one changed the Broadway musical forever!By satwalker99 (19 reviews) from CHATHAM , 07 Jan 2010This is my favourite musical. Originating as a WW2 Broadway hit that critics raved would change the face of modern stage musicals, every number has become memorable - fresh,melodic tunes (occasionally dramatic to suit the story) & bouncy arrangements from R & H , bright & colouful throughout - exceptional dancing & choreography & gorgeous 19yr old Shirley Jones with a lovely voice to match that of handsome baritone,Gordon McCrea &corn as high as an elephant's eye.Method meister Rod Steiger,. the rejected brawny villain shows he also has a voice.And then there is an exceptional cast of support like gangly veteran Charlotte Greenwood,sulky,sexy young Gloria Graham & Eddie Albert (demonstrating his 'Oklahoma hello!') This was the first musical where the songs integrated with the screenplay & dancing which set the trend for a later succession of similar hits. On its London release,it could be seen only in the CinemaScope version as there were no venues suitably equipped for Todd-AO until the arrival of Todd's 'Around the World In 80 Days'. Watch this before the much later,longer Royal Shakespeare stage revival. This is the 'Showboat' of the 50s!
Yes - a classicBy a customer from Banchory , 05 Jan 2009A period piece, with period music. To castigate it as banal seems to miss the point entirely - this was, in its day, a hugely poopular and hugely influential musical. Sure, it ain't no 'West Side Story' (neither is it 'Mama Mia'), but it remains truly enjoyable as a great 1940s musical.
OklahomaBy Habri (17 reviews) from Leicester , 11 Feb 2008What can I say? I would give it five stars as I love musicals. There are some great songs, lively dance sequences and fine acting. There is just one over-long dance sequence that drags on - you can always go out and make a cup of tea then! A film that will never stop being entertaining.