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Cabaret (1972)

 -  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:
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Helmut Griem ...
Maximilian von Heune
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Fritz Wepper ...
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Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel ...
Helen Vita ...
Fräulein Kost
Sigrid von Richthofen ...
Fräulein Mayr (as Sigrid Von Richthofen)
Gerd Vespermann ...
Bobby
Ralf Wolter ...
Herr Ludwig
Georg Hartmann ...
Willi
Ricky Renée ...
Elke (as Ricky Renee)
Estrongo Nachama ...
Cantor
Kathryn Doby ...
Kit-Kat Dancer
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Storyline

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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The Award-Winning Smash Hit Musical [UK Video] See more »

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13 February 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kabare  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,765,000 (USA)
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(5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Five songs from the original Broadway production did not make it into the movie as "performed" songs, but appear as background music. On Brian's arrival, Sally prepares two Prairie Oysters and puts on a record, which turns out to be "Don't Tell Mama". When Sally tries to seduce Brian and she brings in the gramophone, the song is "It Couldn't Please Me More". This song, once again on gramophone, reappears when Sally is packing for Africa. In the parlor as Sally prepares to leave for dinner with her father, the song being played on the piano is "Married". This song makes a reprise when Sally and Brian talk about getting married, this time on the gramophone in German ("Heiraten") sung by 'GRETA KELLER'. This German version also appears in the park and at the train station. When Max, Brian and Sally have lunch at the fancy restaurant, a small ensemble is playing "Sitting Pretty", which is also heard on the gramophone at Max's estate, when they are dancing. When Brian and Fritz walk into the parlor together and the other tenants are talking about the Nazis, the background music (although faint and barely recognizable) is the song "So What". See more »

Goofs

During the song "Willkommen" when the Master of Ceremonies says "Outside, it is windy," his mouth does not match what he's saying on the word "windy". See more »

Quotes

Fritz Wendel: Do you know what she has done to me? It's terrible! She has turned me into an honest man.
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Married
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Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
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In here life is beautiful!
28 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I really wanted to see this movie after I bought the soundtrack for the Broadway revival version of the Cabaret musical this summer. So I bought the DVD and at first I was a little disappointed.Not by the movie really,but by the fact that not all the songs from the Broadway show were in the film.I really love that soundtrack so it mattered to me a lot.

Well by now I have really gotten over it.It doesn't matter anymore because the film works so well without the other songs,I feel it has everything essential from the stage version,which I have never even seen btw,yet anyway.

This is not your typical musical.It is made in a very realistic way,so there is no sudden singing like normally in musicals.Almost all the songs are performed in the Kit Kat club and they add to the seedy atmosphere there.Thinking about it now this was a good choice.It allows you to really focus on the characters and their development...as a realistic drama Cabaret is wonderful.

The actors are very good.I never cared much for Liza Minelli before but in this film she gives the perfect performance.Being very believable as Sally,who goes through so many things but still,in the end,decides to continue like before. "Life is a Cabaret old chum..."

Michael Yorke and Joel Grey are also very good.I have a thing for Alan Cumming from the Broadway version as the MC,he seemed so sleazy it was amazing,but I have to admit that Joel Grey was excellent in the movie.He was all together funny and creepy and I don't wonder why he got the Oscar from this role.

Cabaret deals a lot with the Nazis coming into power in Germany in the early 1930's,even though it looks like a secondary theme in the movie.The closing shot is off a room full of Nazis shown through a mirror.It leaves no questions about the future of Germany.I haven't seen that many films dealing with pre nazi Germany before and I thought this one did it quite well.

So Cabaret is basically not "just" a musical.It has some darker themes about society,as well as showing us what the night life,and life in general,in poor Germany after the first World War just before Hitler came to power was like.And yes it also has wonderful musical scenes,good acting and is definitely worth the time to check out if these things interest you!!

9 out of 10.

"So, life is disappointing? Forget it! In here, life is beautiful. The girls are beautiful. Even the orchestra is beautiful."


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