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      Sweet Charity

      G Released Apr 1, 1969 2h 34m Musical List
      82% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 73% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Charity Hope Valentine (Shirley MacLaine) always tries to look on the bright side of life, despite working in a rundown dance hall and contending with a seemingly endless run of bad dates. Determined to find love, Charity falls for suave actor Vittorio Vidal (Ricardo Montalban), but their romance is all too brief. However, when Charity finds herself stuck in an elevator with the reserved Oscar Lindquist (John McMartin), it turns out that she may have finally met her match. Read More Read Less

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      Wendy Ide Times (UK) While it is no match for Cabaret, the inimitable Fosse flourish adorns a handful of first-rate musical numbers. Jul 20, 2023 Full Review Variety Staff Variety MacLaine’s unique talents as a comic tragedienne are set off to maximum impact. Jun 30, 2008 Full Review Vincent Canby New York Times In the manner of so many adaptations of hit shows, it recalls the stage production with a certain affection, but without any sense of what made it a hit and potentially valuable movie material. May 9, 2005 Full Review Brian Viner Daily Mail (UK) It’s thoroughly dated, but that’s part of its enduring charm — as is Shirley MacLaine! Jul 14, 2023 Full Review Chase Burns The Stranger (Seattle, WA) While the film can drag, the musical numbers are still so sweet and bold and genre-defining that I found myself tearing up during this rewatch. Jan 5, 2022 Full Review Penelope Houston The Spectator If Charity, played by Shirley MacLaine in her sharpest innocent-at-large style, really wants to escape, it's hard to see what is holding her back. Jul 12, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Ginger 1 MacLaine is as charismatic as ever with some really beautiful dance and musical numbers. The apartment and rooftop sequences being my favourite. Sadly, this really out-stays it's welcome, which does not even feel earned by the unfulfilling end. Additionally, some of the editing is just bizarre. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/05/24 Full Review Alec B As it's Fosse's first serious attempt at a movie, some things are a little sloppy but for the most part it's enjoyably weird. Most of the musical numbers are exceptionally staged (Especially "Rhythm of Life" and "Hey Big Spender") and it's good that they got to keep the bitter sweet ending of the stage show. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/14/23 Full Review robert b under rated gem, I wish more ppl knew about it! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Liam D While it's too long for it's own good but it is Bob Fose and the cast doing what they do best Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/21/22 Full Review Audience Member What is this movie about? Waited 3 years to finally see it. YAWN!!! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Bob Fosse's masterpiece. With song and dance sequences like "Big Spender" it was all about the little twitches of choreography, the hissing, the slow seduction of tiny motions from dead-eyed showgirls that made Fosse the best. Fosse had his own signature in dancing, and no one can mimic it, even today. The ultimate dance sequence is when the 3 acts are announced: The Aloof, The Heavyweight, and The Big Finish. You can watch these and no other dance sequence in film ever again, and you'd probably (nods) "I understand Life now." The plot is great, the music is fantastic, the dancing is innovative, the film is beautifully shot, and Shirley MacLaine is amazing at faking eternal hopefulness. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Charity Hope Valentine (Shirley MacLaine) always tries to look on the bright side of life, despite working in a rundown dance hall and contending with a seemingly endless run of bad dates. Determined to find love, Charity falls for suave actor Vittorio Vidal (Ricardo Montalban), but their romance is all too brief. However, when Charity finds herself stuck in an elevator with the reserved Oscar Lindquist (John McMartin), it turns out that she may have finally met her match.
      Director
      Bob Fosse
      Producer
      Robert Arthur
      Screenwriter
      Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Neil Simon, Peter Stone
      Distributor
      MCA/Universal Pictures [us], Universal Pictures
      Production Co
      Universal Pictures
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      Musical
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 1, 1969, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 4, 2021
      Runtime
      2h 34m
      Sound Mix
      Mono, Magnetic Stereo 6 Track