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Svengali (1983)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  9 March 1983 (USA)
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An old singer coaches a young woman whom he believes will be the next singing sensation. As she starts off with her career, their bond gets stronger.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Alexander
Eve Swiss
Johnny Rainbow
Pamela Blair ...
Barbara Bryne ...
Mrs. Burns-Rizzo
Ron Weyand ...
Mendy Weindenbaum
Brian Carney ...
Abbot Renfrew
Madeleine Potter ...
Vera Mayer ...
Stuart Charno ...
Peter Boruchowitz ...


An old singer coaches a young woman whom he believes will be the next singing sensation. As she starts off with her career, their bond gets stronger.

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9 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ragazza e il professore  »

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Anton Bosnyak: Quite a little snot nose, that girl, always answering back.
Eve Swiss: When I took lessons from you, you never used to let me say 'boo!'
Anton Bosnyak: You had no talent. That always irritates me.
Eve Swiss: So why did you keep taking my money, then?
Anton Bosnyak: Somebody had to prove to you that you could not sing.
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Version of Ella Lola, a la Trilby (1898) See more »


One Dream at a Time
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
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Poor adaptation of Pygmalion to music. Even so, worth a watch!
16 November 1999 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Peter O'Toole has played Henry Higgins in TV's version of Pygmalion (My fair lady). Svengali is almost exactly the same story, except that instead of teaching "Eliza" how to speak, he teaches "Zoe" how to sing. O'Toole displays a lot of the brilliance he has as an actor but the performance is no way close to the one in Lawrence of Arabia -- but then again, there was David Lean directing LOA. O'Toole is an excellent character Actor. The music in the film too is quite good, except that Jodie Foster's song that brings her fame in the movie is too overplayed. In the beginning it's a nice tune and her voice is even dare I say pretty good! Worth seeing once at least.

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