MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,436 this week

The Fantasticks (1995)

PG  |   |  Musical, Romance  |  1995 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 916 users   Metascore: 48/100
Reviews: 70 user | 20 critic | 15 from Metacritic.com

A mysterious fair come to a small community in the countryside, which could make real the illusions of two kids.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (play), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Related News

Beyond 'Fame'
| backstage.com

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 10 Apr 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 01 Jul 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 26 Jul 2013
 
HA
a list of 43 titles
created 20 Jan 2014
 
a list of 43 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Fantasticks" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Fantasticks (1995)

The Fantasticks (1995) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Fantasticks.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Scout (1994)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The story of a baseball scout who discovers a talented but troubled baseball player.

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Albert Brooks, Brendan Fraser, Dianne Wiest
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A smalltime US filmmaker goes to Cannes to try to get his movie in the limelight. A wife of one of the producers there gets interested in his story and they begin an affair.

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Keith Carradine, Monica Vitti, Raf Vallone
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Adèle Hugo's unrequited love for a lieutenant.

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Bruce Robinson, Sylvia Marriott
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

When police discover that a mob hitman has moved in next door to the Robbersons, they want to find out what he is up to. So they set up a stakeout in the Robbersons' home. Hard-nosed, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Chevy Chase, Jack Palance, Dianne Wiest
A Simple Wish (1997)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Murray is a male fairy godmother, and he is trying to help 8-year-old Anabel to fulfil her "simple wish" - that her father Oliver, who is a cab driver, would win the leading role in a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Martin Short, Mara Wilson, Robert Pastorelli
The Island (1980)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In New York, the journalist Blair Maynard convinces his editor to travel to Florida to investigate the mysterious disappearance of ships in the Bermuda's Triangle area. Maynard is divorced ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Michael Caine, David Warner, Angela Punch McGregor
Documentary | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1980, the head usher at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium gives his crew a pep talk: he wants tonight's "Betty Midler" show to go smoothly. He's a little worried about risque language, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Bette Midler, Jocelyn Brown, Ula Hedwig
Diggstown (1992)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: James Woods, Louis Gossett Jr., Bruce Dern
Semi-Tough (1977)
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A three-way friendship between two free-spirited professional football players and the owner's daughter becomes compromised when two of them become romantically involved.

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh
Smile (1975)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

It's time again for California's "Young American Miss" beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo, who give their all to put on a successful ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Bruce Dern, Barbara Feldon, Michael Kidd
The Fantasticks (TV Movie 1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Neighboring widowers plot to romantically unite their son and daughter by pretending to feud and forbidding the two children to associate with each other. Their scheme works and the two ... See full summary »

Director: George Schaefer
Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Bert Lahr, Stanley Holloway
Comfort, Texas (TV Movie 1997)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Comfort, Texas is a small census-designated place, a populated area without its own local government that resembles a small town.

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Brian Benben, Kathy Lamkin, Bruce Dern
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Matt Hucklebee (as Joe McIntyre)
Jonathon Morris ...
Brad Sullivan ...
...
Mortimer
...
The Bavarian Baby
...
His Assistant (as Joe Anthony Cox)
Victoria Stevens ...
Jo Jo, The Chicken Lady
Trayne Thomas ...
Tattooed Man
Shaunery Stevens ...
Dyrk Ashton ...
Gregory Amato ...
Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
Lee Bell ...
Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
Edit

Storyline

Two teenagers on neighboring farms steal glances and hide their romance from their feuding fathers. Little do these love-birds know, however, that their fathers are actually good friends who've hatched a plan - with the help of a mystical roving side-show and its equally mysterious ring master - to get these two lovers down the aisle! But be careful what you wish for. Because to bring these families together... they must first be torn apart! Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

One Of Broadway's Legendary Musicals Comes To The Big Screen. See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some bawdy carnival humor | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fantasticks  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,176 (USA) (22 September 2000)

Gross:

$44,757 (USA) (6 October 2000)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The actors sing live during the shots, while listening to the music on hidden earphones. See more »

Quotes

El Gallo: There is a curious paradox that no one can explain: who understands the secrets of the reaping of the grain? Who understands why spring is born out of winter's laboring pain, or why we all must die a bit before we grow again?
See more »

Connections

Version of The Fantasticks (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Soon It's Gonna Rain
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by Tom Jones
Sung by Jean Louisa Kelly and Joey McIntyre
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Respect your material
30 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a film that could have had a lot going for it. I liked the set, which was a clever solution of how to film a play with such a minimalist set.

But how could they destroy the material like this? This is one of those handful of musicals ("Oklahoma!", "Fiddler on the Roof," "Guys and Dolls" are some others) where everyone knows the opening song. "Try to Remember" is totally eliminated at the beginning, and at the end, El Gallo sings only two of the three verses. "Plant a Radish," one of the show's highlights, is totally gone (except on the DVD as an "extra"). Some of my favorite moments on the CD are Jerry Orbach's poetic narrations, especially "You wonder how these things begin." Here, only one of the three--or rather half of one--is preserved.

There should be a rule somewhere that if you don't like the original you shouldn't get to film it.

Would it be too much to ask if


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is it any good? JanyseIsTehHotness
What was cut from the Original Version MuerteMetl
Favorite song(s)/moment(s) Sdsinger2
any suggestions? mcb0112
Why no soundtrack? sarebear1246
Netflix subscribers, beware calixtah11252-2
Discuss The Fantasticks (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?