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Yankee Doodle Dandy

1942 2h 6m Musical List
91% Tomatometer 32 Reviews 83% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings
Brought to the White House to receive a Congressional Gold Medal from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Broadway legend George M. Cohan (James Cagney) reflects on his life. Flashbacks trace Cohan's rise, from a childhood performing in his family's vaudeville act to his early days as a struggling Tin Pan Alley songwriter to his overwhelming success as an actor, writer, director and producer known for patriotic songs like "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "Over There." Read More Read Less
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James Cagney deploys his musical gifts to galvanizing effect in Yankee Doodle Dandy, a celebration of patriotic fervor as much as it is a biopic of George M. Cohan.

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Geoff Andrew Time Out Raucous, vulgar, over long. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times You will find as warm and delightful a musical picture as has hit the screen in years, a corking good entertainment and as affectionate, if not as accurate, a film biography as has ever -- yes, ever -- been made. Rated: 5/5 May 20, 2003 Full Review Variety Yankee Doodle Dandy is rah-rah, no matter how you slice it. Feb 13, 2001 Full Review Ian Kane Epoch Times “Yankee Doodle Dandy” harks back to the golden days of cinema and is exceptional even among Hollywood’s greatest musicals. Rated: 4.5/5 Jul 22, 2023 Full Review Brian Susbielles InSession Film A perfect tribute to a figure who embodied Broadway musicals and its patriotic jingles during the First World War. Mar 7, 2023 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies Yankee Doodle Dandy might take liberties with Cohan's life but Cagney is at his finest in this celebration of the musical multi-hyphenate entertainer. Rated: 4/5 Jul 4, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Alec B Cagney is so damn great here, which is honestly all that matters. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/24 Full Review Sara B Incredible dancing, feel good, and patriotic. You can't help but get a little choked up at the end. And I can't even imagine dancing down stairs. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/04/23 Full Review Shay C A nice glimpse into a bygone era. Wholesome, funny. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Cagney is so damn great here, which is honestly all that matters. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review robert p A film that won song and dance man an academy award and I am not talking about anyone but James Cagney!!!! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Has me hooked every time I hear the opening score. It's a grand movie, has a unique blend of stars, music, prescence. Creative. Only musical I like. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Brought to the White House to receive a Congressional Gold Medal from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Broadway legend George M. Cohan (James Cagney) reflects on his life. Flashbacks trace Cohan's rise, from a childhood performing in his family's vaudeville act to his early days as a struggling Tin Pan Alley songwriter to his overwhelming success as an actor, writer, director and producer known for patriotic songs like "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "Over There."
Director
Michael Curtiz
Screenwriter
Robert Buckner, Edmund Joseph
Production Co
Warner Brothers
Genre
Musical
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
May 7, 2016
Runtime
2h 6m
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