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Sweet Charity (1969)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  19 June 1969 (Mexico)
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Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Oscar
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Vittorio
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Big Daddy
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Nickie
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Stubby Kaye ...
Herman
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Ursula
Suzanne Charny ...
Dancer
Alan Hewitt ...
Nicholsby
Dante DiPaolo ...
Charlie (as Dante D'Paulo)
Bud Vest ...
Dancer
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Dancer
Lee Roy Reams ...
Dancer
Al Lanti ...
Dancer
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Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Maybe, just maybe, handsome Oscar will be the one to do it. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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19 June 1969 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Sweet Charity: The Adventures of a Girl Who Wanted to Be Loved  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Shirley MacLaine was working with a painful infected tooth that required root canal treatment, yet she was such a trouper that she kept it a secret so as not to hold up production. She wrote that she was in so much pain, she could't even remember filming one of the exhausting Bob Fosse dance numbers. See more »

Goofs

In the "Aloof" movement of "The Rich Man's Frug," two of the male principal dancers walk down the stairs to light a woman's cigarette, while the others dance behind them. The background choreography in this shot leads directly to the triangle formation of the next shot, and the two men are now in the middle of the group, although there was no time for them to reach that position. See more »

Quotes

Fandango Taxi Girls: Hey Big Spender, Spend a little time with me. Fun! Laughs! Good times! Fun! Laughs! Good times!
Nickie: How's about it, Palsy?
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Referenced in Circus (2000) See more »

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My Personal Property
(uncredited)
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Shirley MacLaine
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Fosse's first film (and big bomb) is remarkable
12 August 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

There's just something about this movie that I love. I had seen bits and pieces of it some half a dozen times in the past couple of years. Tonight I finally sat and watched all of it. In theory it sounds like blasphemy: a musical remake of Fellini's Nights of Cabiria. But somehow first time director Bob Fosse pulls it off, and enormously well. Fosse is daring and innovative in his direction. Not just in the musical numbers, where you would expect it, but in every scene. He plays, and he's obviously having a ball. After the direction, a high percentage of the film's success is due to Shirley MacLaine, who was never better as Charity Hope Valentine. As much as I love and care for Giullieta Masina's Cabiria, I love and care for MacLaine's Charity. She's such an enormously lovable character, and MacLaine is simply brilliant. Her comic timing is impeccable. Sweet Charity also proves an interesting time capsule of late 60s New York City. In the scene cognate to the Picadilly Club in Nights of Cabiria, we visit a trendy night club where the girls where blue feathers as hats. Clips of Cleopatra (the one with Claudette Colbert) and an unidentifiable W.C. Fields movie play on a big screen in the background. We visit a religious ceremony for hippies who sing The Rhythm of Life. Sammy Davis Jr. is the priest! In Cabiria, a parade of young people cheer her at the end of the film. In Sweet Charity, a group of hippies, amongst them a young Bud Cort, hand out flowers in the morning, just saying good morning to everyone they meet. This movie was a huge bomb when first released. Fosse is actually really lucky they gave him another chance at direction, and then he made a film instantly recognizable as a masterpiece, Cabaret. Sweet Charity did not deserve to fail so miserably. Just the fickle fingers of fate, I guess.


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