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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 ...
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Alan Hewitt ...
Nicholsby
Dante DiPaolo ...
Charlie (as Dante D'Paulo)
Bud Vest ...
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Lee Roy Reams ...
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Al Lanti ...
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Storyline

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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2.35 : 1
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Shirley MacLaine recommended to Lew Wasserman, head of Universal Pictures, that he hire Bob Fosse to direct the film. Fosse had directed and choreographed the Broadway version. 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

Helene: There ain't no use flappin' your wings, 'cause we are stuck in the flypaper of life!
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Referenced in Circus (2000) See more »

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It's a Nice Face
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Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Shirley MacLaine
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Musical inspired by Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria"
16 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film adaptation of the Broadway hit updates the original it was based on, namely Federico Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria". "Sweet Charity" is set in the "hip" 60s, the times of "flower power" and bubble gum.

Shirley MacLaine is wonderful as Charity, the "hooker with a heart of gold" who is determined to settle down with a good man and live a respectable life. Unfortunately Charity gets used and abused by most of them, until a shy, well mannered accountant offers her marriage. Thrilled about the prospects of settling down, Charity rushes to the marriage license bureau, only to have her "fiance" get cold feet (after he learns of all the "other" men Charity has known).

Shattered and suicidal, Charity "gets her smile back" when "flower children" ask her to be their friend. -- Like "Nights of Cabiria", this film leaves the viewer heart broken, yet with a glimmer of hope: Never give up on your dreams and one day they will come true!


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