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Neil Simon (from the New York stage production book by)
Federico Fellini (based upon the screenplay by: "Nights of Cabiria") ...
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Release Date:
17 May 1969 (Japan) See more »
...The Musical Excitement of the 70's See more »
Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Fosse's first film (and big bomb) is remarkable See more (68 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shirley MacLaine ... Charity

John McMartin ... Oscar

Ricardo Montalban ... Vittorio

Sammy Davis Jr. ... Big Daddy

Chita Rivera ... Nickie

Paula Kelly ... Helene
Stubby Kaye ... Herman

Barbara Bouchet ... Ursula
Suzanne Charny ... Dancer

Alan Hewitt ... Nicholsby
Dante DiPaolo ... Charlie (as Dante D'Paulo)
Bud Vest ... Dancer

Ben Vereen ... Dancer
Lee Roy Reams ... Dancer
Al Lanti ... Dancer
John Wheeler ... Dancer
Leon Bing ... Model
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Leon Alton ... Dancer (uncredited)
Richard Angarola ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Marie Bahruth ... Dancer (uncredited)

Toni Basil ... Dancer (uncredited)

Henry Beckman ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jack Berle ... Onlooker at Park (uncredited)
Larry Billman ... Dancer (uncredited)
Carol Birner ... Dancer (uncredited)
Herman Boden ... Dancer (uncredited)
Donald Bradburn ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Brewer ... Young Man on Bridge (uncredited)

Chelsea Brown ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lonnie Burr ... Willie (uncredited)

Jeff Burton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ceil Cabot ... Married Woman (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ... Woman on Tandem (uncredited)
Ray Chabeau ... Dancer (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Onlooker at Park (uncredited)
Cheryl Christiansen ... Dancer (uncredited)

Linda Clifford ... Dancer (uncredited)
Kathleen Cody ... Blonde Flower Girl (uncredited)
Dick Colacino ... Dancer (uncredited)

Bud Cort ... Flower Child (uncredited)
John Craig ... Patron at Dance Hall (uncredited)
Bryan Da Silva ... Dancer (uncredited)
Marguerite DeLain ... Dancer (uncredited)
Alfred Dennis ... Waiter at 'Chile Hacienda' (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Onlooker at Park (uncredited)
Kathryn Doby ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jimmy Fields ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lynn Fields ... Dancer (uncredited)
John Frayer ... Patron at Dance Hall (uncredited)
Dave Gold ... Panhandler (uncredited)
Ben Gooding ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bick Goss ... Drummer Boy (uncredited)
Ellen Halpin ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bill Harrison ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Chuck Harrod ... Singer (uncredited)
Sharon Harvey ... Young Woman on Bridge (uncredited)

Tom Hatten ... Man in Tandem (uncredited)

Buddy Joe Hooker ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Carlton Johnson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Kirk Kirksey ... Dancer (uncredited)
Richard Korthaze ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jennifer Laws ... Dancer (uncredited)

Nolan Leary ... Manfred (uncredited)

Lance LeGault ... Dancer (uncredited)
Diki Lerner ... Man with Dog on Bridge (uncredited)
Buddy Lewis ... Appliance Salesman (uncredited)

Judith Lowry ... Old Lady on Park Bench (uncredited)
Marco López ... Man in Park (uncredited)
Trish Mahoney ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jerry Mann ... Singer (uncredited)
Lynn McMurrey ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Man on Bridge (uncredited)
Gloria Mills ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jackie Mitchell ... Model (uncredited)
Ted Monson ... Dancer (uncredited)
April Nevins ... Dancer (uncredited)
Geraldine O'Brien ... Lady on Bridge (uncredited)
Maris O'Neill ... Dancer (uncredited)
Walter Painter ... Dancer (uncredited)
Alma Platt ... Lady with Hat on Bridge (uncredited)

Maudie Prickett ... Nurse on Bridge (uncredited)
Louise Quick ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ... Dancer (uncredited)

Leoda Richards ... Onlooker at Park (uncredited)
Ed Robinson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Carroll Roebke ... Model (uncredited)
Sandy Rovetta ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charlene Ryan ... Dancer (uncredited)
Dom Salinaro ... Dancer (uncredited)
Juleste Salve ... Dancer (uncredited)
Victoria Scruton ... Dancer in 'Big Spender' Number (uncredited)
Paul Shipton ... Patron at Dance Hall (uncredited)
Patrick Spohn ... Dancer (uncredited)
Norman Stevans ... Concession (uncredited)
Chet Stratton ... Waiter (uncredited)
Walter Stratton ... Patron at Dance Hall (uncredited)
Kristoffer Tabori ... Flower Child (uncredited)
Robert Terry ... Doorman (uncredited)
Bob Thompson Jr. ... Dancer (uncredited)
Roger Til ... Greeter at 'Pompeii Club' (uncredited)
Jerry Trent ... Dancer (uncredited)
Tifni Twitchell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Renata Vaselle ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bonnie G. West ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lorene Yarnell Jansson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Kay York ... Dancer (uncredited)
Adele Yoshioka ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Fosse 
Writing credits
Neil Simon (from the New York stage production book by)

Federico Fellini (based upon the screenplay by: "Nights of Cabiria") &
Tullio Pinelli (based upon the screenplay by: "Nights of Cabiria") and
Ennio Flaiano (based upon the screenplay by: "Nights of Cabiria")

Peter Stone (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Arthur .... producer
Original Music by
Cy Coleman 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stuart Gilmore 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
George C. Webb 
Set Decoration by
Jack D. Moore (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist: Miss MacLaine
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Marvin G. Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ernest B. Wehmeyer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Green .... assistant director
Art Levinson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank L. Brown .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Len Peterson .... sound
Ronald Pierce .... sound
William Russell .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Weldon Brown .... playback operator (uncredited)
James V. Swartz .... sound (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunt double: John McMartin (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Mathias .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Music Department
Ralph Burns .... orchestrations
Cy Coleman .... from the New York stage production music by
Cy Coleman .... music by
Dorothy Fields .... from the New York stage production lyrics by
Dorothy Fields .... lyrics by
Joseph Gershenson .... conductor
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Jack Lee .... vocal coach
Arnold Schwarzwald .... music editor
Carol Kaye .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Other crew
Leon Charles .... dialogue coach
Bob Fosse .... choreographer
Bob Fosse .... from the New York stage production staging and choreography by
Ed Gasper .... dance assistant
Paul Glover .... dance assistant
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott)
Sonja Haney .... dance assistant
John Sharpe .... dance assistant
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Gwen Verdon .... choreographer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sweet Charity: The Adventures of a Girl Who Wanted to Be Loved" - USA (complete title)
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149 min | 154 min (TCM print)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Peru:Apt | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1996) (2004) | USA:G | West Germany:12 (f) (cut)

Did You Know?

Chita Rivera who played Nickie previously starred in the national tour as Charity.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Helene:There ain't no use flappin' your wings, 'cause we are stuck in the flypaper of life!See more »
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37 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Fosse's first film (and big bomb) is remarkable, 12 August 2002
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

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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