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Director:
Writers:
Joe Masteroff (based on the musical play "Cabaret" book by)
John Van Druten (based on the play by)
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Release Date:
13 February 1972 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Award-Winning Smash Hit Musical [UK Video] See more »
Plot:
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 8 Oscars. Another 25 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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16 Famous Sally Bowles
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17 Famous Sally Bowles
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That's what I call a masterpiece See more (165 total) »

Cast

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Liza Minnelli ... Sally Bowles

Michael York ... Brian Roberts
Helmut Griem ... Maximilian von Heune

Joel Grey ... Master of Ceremonies
Fritz Wepper ... Fritz Wendel

Marisa Berenson ... Natalia Landauer
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel ... Fräulein Schneider
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
Inge Jaeger ... Kit-Kat Dancer
Angelika Koch ... Kit-Kat Dancer
Helen Velkovorska ... Kit-Kat Dancer
Gitta Schmidt ... Kit-Kat Dancer
Louise Quick ... Kit-Kat Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oliver Collignon ... Hitler youth singer (uncredited)
Pierre Franckh ... Nazi with Collecting Box (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bob Fosse 
 
Writing credits
Joe Masteroff (based on the musical play "Cabaret" book by)

John Van Druten (based on the play by)

Christopher Isherwood (stories)

Jay Presson Allen (screenplay) (as Jay Allen)

Produced by
Cy Feuer .... producer
Harold Nebenzal .... associate producer
Martin Baum .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Kander 
Ralph Burns (adaptation score) (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
 
Casting by
Renate Neuchl 
 
Production Design by
Rolf Zehetbauer 
 
Art Direction by
Hans Jürgen Kiebach  (as Jurgen Kiebach)
 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Flemming 
 
Makeup Department
Susi Krause .... makeup and hairstyling
Gus Le Pre .... hair styles: Miss Minnelli's
Raimund Stangl .... makeup and hairstyling
 
Production Management
Pia Arnold .... production manager
Wolfram Kohtz .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wolfgang Glattes .... assistant director
Douglas Green .... assistant director
Stefan Zürcher .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Eglseder .... property master
Herbert Strabel .... set dresser (as Herbert Strabl)
 
Sound Department
David Hildyard .... sound
Robert Knudson .... dubbing
Arthur Piantadosi .... dubbing
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Herbert Fischer .... gaffer
Lars Looschen .... stills
Peter MacDonald .... camera operator
John Campbell .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ille Sievers .... wardrobe
Ute Meyer-Martin .... costume assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
David Ramirez .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ralph Burns .... conductor
Ralph Burns .... music arranger
Ralph Burns .... music supervisor
Fred Ebb .... composer: additional songs
Fred Ebb .... lyrics by
Illo Endrulat .... music editor
Bob Fosse .... musical numbers staged by
John Kander .... composer: additional songs
Raoul Kraushaar .... music coordinator
Karola Storr .... music editor
Robert Tracy .... music editor (as Robert N. Tracy)
Fred Werner .... choreographic music associate
 
Other crew
Jutta Beil .... dance co-ordinator
Bob Fosse .... dances staged by
Vic Heutschy .... unit publicist
Jane Meagher .... auditor
Harold Prince .... produced on the New York stage by
Osman Ragheb .... dialogue coach
John Sharpe .... choreographic assistant
Trudy von Trotha .... script supervisor (as Trudi Von Trotha)
Hugh Wheeler .... research consultant
Michael Alpert .... publicist (uncredited)
Virginia Lord .... publicist (uncredited)
Myrna Post .... publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
124 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/16 | Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2002) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1992) (1996) (2004) | USA:PG (Approved No. 23254) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
During the opening number "Willkommen", the Master of Ceremonies says, "Outside it is windy, but inside it is so hot." In the stage musical, he says that outside it is winter. "Winter" was changed to "windy" in the film so that exteriors could be shot in warm, sunny weather. That way, audiences wouldn't question the unusually mild German winter weather.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: The subtitles are inconsistent with how they show German speech/singing. During the opening, with the Master of Ceremonies (MC) singing in different languages, the subtitles show the German words in German. In at least one other part of the movie (when he's singing/dancing with the ape), some German words are translated into English in the subtitles. In this same ape scene, it may seem to non-German speakers or to viewers with no knowledge of what spoken German actually sounds like, that the MC is inconsistent with his pronunciation of English words that start with 'W'. Sometimes he pronounces them as if they start with a 'W', sometimes with a 'V' (for example, the German "Willkommen" (English "welcome") may appear to an English speaker as if it should be pronounced with a "w" sound, but a native German speaker will, in fact, pronounce it as if it started with an English "v" sound (villkommen).See more »
Quotes:
Sally:I suppose you're wondering what I'm doing, working at a place like the Kit Kat Club.
Brian Roberts:Well, it is a rather unusual place.
Sally:That's me, darling. Unusual places, unusual love affairs. I am a most strange and extraordinary person.
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Soundtrack:
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21 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
That's what I call a masterpiece, 18 April 2002
Author: Olga Levina from Moscow, Russia

It's a strongest film I know. Every time I watch it, it bewilders me so I can't turn my eyes away from the screen, even though I remember all what happens by heart. It fills me with a strange mixed feeling of interest-sympathy-admiration-disgust-and-horror. One of the reviewers here called this film depressing, and I inclined to agree. Any picture of Berlin in 1931 must be depressing and frightening. But, on the other hand, there is an atmosphere of desperate reckless joy in the movie. When the entire world goes mad and speeds to a catastrophe, life is a cabaret! Do what you can, come hear the music play, don't permit some prophet of doom wipe every smile away, and end as the happiest corpse! It's one idea. There is also another, more humanistic: live and let live. Brian fails to understand Sally, so they fall apart. Fritz for the sake of his love faces the danger of admitting that he is Jew in Germany. There is no hope for him and Natalia in this country in this time. But he couldn't do otherwise. There are plenty of other ideas too: about money, politics, corruption, perverseness, decadence, stupidity of middle classes, talent, success, etc. The story is very simple and incredibly complicated in the same time. No use retelling it. It must be seen. It's life as it was in 1931 and in many ways as it is nowadays. I suppose that Cabaret would be a great film even without any musical numbers, but with them it is a masterpiece. They say that history repeats itself, for the first time as a tragedy, for the second time as a farce. Well, I would say that in Cabaret every event repeats itself for the first time as a human drama in life and for the second time as a farce on the stage, but it would not be exactly true. Life and farce are shown synchronically or farce even go in advance. But every staged number in divinely decadency Kit Kat Klub ruthlessly shows the naked truth of life. (Only Mein Herr and Maybe This Time have more to do with the character of Sally Bowles.) And of course, Tomorrow Belongs To Me must be mentioned separately. The way of German people towards fascism is presented in one startling scene. And in finale too. That distorted reflection of the audience full of Nazi, accompanied by a tense silence after Master's of Ceremonies ‘Aufwiedershen' is horrible. The movie due half of its unforgettable effect to the masterful camera shots. Actors' works are absolutely fantastical. Surely, Master Of Ceremonies is Joel Grey star role. He is amazing as that demonic shameless figure that seems to know everything, understand everything and deride everything. Liza Minnelli shines in every scene, acting, speaking, singing and dancing. I know few performances equally true, strong, brilliant and stylish as hers as Sally Bowles. Michael York is excellent as well, though he is often underestimated. It's only his character who is reserved, intelligent and avoids show-off. And he is perfectly British. I really admire York's acting in the movie. There are also beautiful Marisa Berenson as noble Natalia, Fritz Wepper very believable as tormented Fritz, repulsively attractive Helmut Griem as the rich scoundrel Maximilian and picturesque supporting cast. John's Kander's music is wonderful and haunting.

Shortly, Cabaret is a work of a genius, or it would be better to say of geniuses: Bob Fosse and the crew and the cast. And it's flawless.

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