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      Athena

      Released Nov 4, 1954 1h 36m Musical List
      Reviews 24% Audience Score 250+ Ratings When lawyer and aspiring politician Adam Shaw (Edmund Purdom) meets Athena Mulvain (Jane Powell), she claims the stars tell her they will marry. However, Adam is already engaged to socialite Beth. Furthermore, Adam is confused by Athena's unusual family, which includes six other sisters raised in an extremely health-conscious environment that excludes meat, smoking and alcohol. Gradually, Adam is slowly won over by Athena, even at the detriment of his political future. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jan 30 Buy Now

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      Jason Shawhan Nashville Scene Debbie Reynolds delivers song-and-dance moxie, and Hercules himself, Steve Reeves, heads up a subplot involving the Mister Universe pageant that brings more beefcake than the mid-'50s could have imagined. Sep 10, 2021 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Fun little musical with bright color design and pleasant, warm comedy. Sep 13, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      StephenPaul C The greatest 01 hour: and 36 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/23/23 Full Review ashley h Athena is an okay film. It is about two sisters in love. Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds give decent performances. The script is a little in places. Richard Thorpe did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the humor and romance. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the oddest of all MGM musicals; a spoof of health fads which doesn't work very well, but it gets an A for effort. A nice score (by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane) features one nice ballad ' "Love Can Change the Stars" - and one good production number, "I Never Felt Better." Steve Reeves has a small role as "Mr. Universe." Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Middling musical filled with pretty people. Purdom was never the greatest actor but was an extremely handsome man. Jane and Debbie are bubbly and fresh as sisters. The best performance comes from the terrific Louis Calhern as the somewhat daffy grandfather. Interesting to compare Evelyn Varden's spacy Grandma here and her portrayal of the vicious Icey Spoon in the next year's Night of the Hunter. Probably the only movie, musical or otherwise that stops cold to have a Mr. Universe contest stuffed into it. Pleasant but minor. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member another mgm musical-nt my cup-o-tea Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member The characters here are supposed to be eccentric health nuts, but they get pitched to such extremes that they seem more like a forceful cult - I wouldn't have been surprised if they stopped singing and started stabbing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis When lawyer and aspiring politician Adam Shaw (Edmund Purdom) meets Athena Mulvain (Jane Powell), she claims the stars tell her they will marry. However, Adam is already engaged to socialite Beth. Furthermore, Adam is confused by Athena's unusual family, which includes six other sisters raised in an extremely health-conscious environment that excludes meat, smoking and alcohol. Gradually, Adam is slowly won over by Athena, even at the detriment of his political future.
      Director
      Richard Thorpe
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Genre
      Musical
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 4, 1954, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 8, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 36m
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