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Sweet Charity (1969)

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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(from the New York stage production book by), (based upon the screenplay by: "Nights of Cabiria") | 3 more credits »
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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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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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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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Love is what it's all about! See more »


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17 May 1969 (Japan)  »

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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(70 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The company was filming on the day Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Actress Paula Kelly was so upset that she couldn't work. Director/choreographer Bob Fosse didn't quite understand, as he was so passionate about making the film. Nevertheless, he let everyone go home early. 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

Oscar Lindquist: The odds against us are at least a hundred to one.
Charity Hope Valentine: Those are the best odds I ever had.
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Connections

Referenced in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Am I Going?
(uncredited)
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Shirley MacLaine
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Wonderful Musical with a Heart of Gold!
24 August 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Fosse's stage production was/is wonderful, but his movie is simply spectacular. He brings to the screen everything he had to leave out for the stage. As "Charity" is based on Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, the result is truly groundbreaking. The sets, scenery, NY locations, costumes, hair, all contribute to demonstrate the bizarre culture of the late '60s. The movie succeeds on many more levels than the stage version. This is not a filmed stage performance, it is every bit a true movie. Shirley MacLaine gives the performance of her career. Her other landmark roles pale in comparison to Charity. Unfortunately, Universal Studios panicked when the film met with some initial negative reaction and the movie was cut, re-edited and even given a different ending. Fosse's gift to the world was his intensely personal artistic integrity. It was impossible for him to be dispassionate in his creations and he must have taken "Charity's" reputation as a failure very personally. Thankfully his original version has been wonderfully preserved for DVD. Now "Sweet Charity" can take it's rightful place in the movie musical hall of fame.


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