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Finian's Rainbow (1968)

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A mysterious Irishman, Finian, and his beautiful daughter Sharon, arrive one day in Rainbow Valley, a small Southern town of tobacco sharecroppers in the mythical state of Missitucky. The ... See full summary »

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Finian McLonergan
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Tommy Steele ...
Og
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Woody Mahoney
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Senator Billboard Rawkins
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Susan the Silent
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Howard
Ronald Colby ...
Buzz Collins
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Wright King ...
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Henry
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A mysterious Irishman, Finian, and his beautiful daughter Sharon, arrive one day in Rainbow Valley, a small Southern town of tobacco sharecroppers in the mythical state of Missitucky. The town has its own resident dreamer, Woody Mahoney, who thinks that he might be able to put the town on the map by crossing mint with tobacco so that it'll grow already mentholated. Finian's come to the town because he's stolen a leprechaun's crock of gold and plans to plant it in the ground so it'll grow faster (or else why would the Americans have rushed to dig the gold out of California only to plant it back in the ground at Fort Knox?). But trouble arrives in the form of Og the leprechaun, who has followed Finian to America and is bent on retrieving his gold. Meanwhile, the bigoted Senator Billboard Rawkins, in an effort to stop progress in his state in the form of a new dam and hydroelectric system, plans to take the remaining parcel of land needed to stop the project - Woody's, which Finian has ... Written by Kathy Li

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If all you want out of a movie is a great, big, wonderful time - just follow the rainbow - whistle the songs - and join in the fun. See more »


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9 October 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La vallĂ©e du bonheur  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This was Fred Astaire's last (non-compilation) musical. See more »

Goofs

Most of the cars in the film are from the late 1940s, indicating that it is set when the play premiered (1947), but at the end of the "Begat" number the gospel singers' car is being towed by a 1960's tow truck. See more »

Quotes

Finian McLonergan: Leprechaun, I've come to a decision! I deny your existence! You're only a figment of me imagination!
Og: I am?
Finian McLonergan: And I'll prove it to myself by walking right through you!
[He walks toward Og]
Finian McLonergan: Step aside!
[Og jumps out of the way]
Finian McLonergan: There, you see?
Og: Oh, this is dreadful! I don't exist.
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introducing Barbara Hancock as "Susan the Silent" See more »

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Soundtracks

That Great Come-And-Get-It Day
(1946) (uncredited)
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Music by Burton Lane
Sung by Don Francks, Petula Clark and Chorus
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aw, innocence!
7 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Finians Rainbow' with Fred Astaire and Petulia Clark may not be in the same league as 'The Sound of Music' or 'South Pacific' but why should it matter. A movie does not need to be complicated or cost millions to be enjoyed. It has beautiful music, Fred Astaire dancing and a growing Lepricon! What more can you ask for?

I saw 'Finians Rainbow' for the first time (in the '60's) when i was a teenager. I was young and innocent and so was the movie. Now that I'm old, I love to sit back and watch 'Finians Rainbow' and other movies of this ilk ('Calamity Jane', 'Bye,Bye Birdie') and pretend i'm innocent again.


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