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Cabaret (1972)

PG  |   |  Drama, Musical  |  13 February 1972 (USA)
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A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helmut Griem ...
Fritz Wepper ...
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel ...
Helen Vita ...
Fräulein Kost
Sigrid von Richthofen ...
Fräulein Mayr (as Sigrid Von Richthofen)
Gerd Vespermann ...
Ralf Wolter ...
Herr Ludwig
Georg Hartmann ...
Ricky Renée ...
Elke (as Ricky Renee)
Estrongo Nachama ...
Kathryn Doby ...
Kit-Kat Dancer


Sally Bowles, an American singer in 1930s Berlin, falls in love with bi-sexual Brian. They are both then seduced by Max, a rich playboy. Sally becomes pregnant, and Brian offers to marry her... All the characters are linked by the Kit-Kat club, a nightspot where Sally sings. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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A divinely decadent experience! [UK Quad Poster] See more »


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Release Date:

13 February 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kabare  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$42,765,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Selected in 2003 by the Smithsonian Institution as one of eight films being preserved for future generations. See more »


After she's tried to seduce Brian, Sally brings her record player into his room and plays a record....this is the 1930s so the record should be spinning at 78rpm. But it isn't...it's clearly playing at 33. See more »


Hitler Youth: [singing] Oh, Fatherland. Fatherland / Show us the sign / Your children have waited to see / The morning will come when the world is mine / Tomorrow belongs, tomorrow belongs, tomorrow belongs to me!
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Referenced in Good Neighbors: A Tug of the Forelock (1976) See more »


Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Sung by Greta Keller
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Perfect On All Levels
20 November 1999 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

On a historical level, a personal-story level, and as pure entertainment "Cabaret" works perfectly. The scene is Berlin, Germany, only two years before Hitler would come to total power. It is the Berlin that Christopher Isherwood lived in and wrote about: poverty, drug and alcohol escapism, criminals, sleazebags, fighting in the streets, venereal disease, the prostitution of both sexes, the desperation to escape through the film industry, the temporary escape from the harshness of life in "naughty" nightclubs like The Kit Kat Club, which encapsulates it all. It's a bad scene, and a good example of, perhaps, why so many Germans felt in need of a Hitler. There's not a single verbal reference to Hitler, and yet the presence of the growing Nazi movement all around these decadent misfits is ever present in this film. But you can't blame any of these apolitical people for that. Liza Minelli and Michael York's characters are so needy, so desperate just to find some personal happiness in life. They can't be bothered with what's going on in the bigger picture. Except for the Master Of Ceremonies at the Club: Joel Grey's character is a semi-supernatural all-seeing character, mocking, seeming to somehow know EXACTLY the further destruction Germany's headed for. His scary all-knowing grinning face pops in regularly to remind us. The musical number "Tomorrow Belongs To Me" is so effective an illustration of the appeal this new Nazi hope held for impoverished suffering Germans, and yet we have The Master Of Ceremonies' evil nodding grin to remind us, in retrospect, what it really led to.Just as every musical number (aside from being so beautifully choreographed and presented) reminds us of the desperation in Sally Bowles' life and in most of Germany. "Money Makes The World Go Around" is a perfect musical number, and so illustrative of the horrendous financial state of Germany at the time. Joel Grey's raunchy "Two Ladies" on the Kit Kat stage to the hysterical delight of the decadent crowd reminds us that all sexual propriety has broken down (including in the lives of the main characters, now involved in a threeway with one of the few Germans who still has some wealth intact). Everyone who wants an example of the artistic heights that film can reach should see "Cabaret".

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