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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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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
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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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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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...The Musical Excitement of the 70's See more »


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G | See all certifications »
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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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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gwen Verdon was nominated for the 1966 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Musical for "Sweet Charity" for the title role. 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

Charity Hope Valentine: Wow, this place is sure full of celebrities. I'm the only one in here I've never heard of.
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Connections

Referenced in Teen Beach Movie (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Big Spender
(uncredited)
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Female Ensemble
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Overblown misstep
30 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shirley is endearing as the title character, a sweet overly hopeful hard luck dame not overly burdened with brains. Several of the songs-Where Am I Going?, Hey Big Spender, If They Could See Me Now, are excellent but the film is an overblown terribly dated dinosaur. The kind of out of touch production that killed the musical by the end of the sixties. A gargantuan flop upon its initial release costing 20 million and taking in only 8, it's easy to see why peppered throughout as it is with techniques, photos that stop the action dead, freeze frames in numbers, that were outdated even then. There are glimmers of Fosse's genius scattered here and there but he has done better work elsewhere. One of the very rare chances to see Chita Rivera on screen, for that alone it's worth sitting through once but it really a mediocre effort.


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