The Fantasticks (1995)

PG  |   |  Musical, Romance  |  1995 (USA)
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A mysterious fair come to a small community in the countryside, which could make real the illusions of two kids.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Hucklebee (as Joe McIntyre)
Jonathon Morris ...
Brad Sullivan ...
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


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

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Try To Remember The First Time The Magic Happened. See more »


Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


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Release Date:

1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fantasticks  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$44,757 (USA) (6 October 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paramount Pictures owned the rights to this property in the late 1960s. Originally Gower Champion was set to direct with Howard W. Koch producing. During the summer of 1972 Paramount paid for a trip to Italy by Champion and songwriters Schmidt & Jones to scout locations. By January 1973 the film had been called off. See more »


Ben Hucklebee: We got your advertisment in the mail and we got a little problem.
Amos Babcock Bellamy: A love problem.
El Gallo: You two have a love problem? And you seek sympathy from our little band of outcasts? Well, what would you two be willing to do in front of an audience?
Amos Babcock Bellamy: We're not talking about us. We're talking about our kids.
Ben Hucklebee: Who happen to be a boy and a girl.
El Gallo: [chuckles] Less challenging. Follow me.
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Referenced in Movie: The Movie (2009) See more »


Music by Harvey Schmidt
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User Reviews

Don't Be So Harsh, it's a Movie!!
3 April 2001 | by (Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.) – See all my reviews

"The Fantasticks" has been a part of my life since 1960 when I first saw Kenneth Nelson, Rita Gardner, and Jerry Orbach play in the original. Over the past forty years I've directed, played-in, or played-for hundreds of performances from New York to Miami. I feel I know the play inside and out, even adding many touches for the mute that was never off-Broadway. Thirty some-odd years ago, I saw it on television, as I recall, it was John Davison, Lesley Ann Warren, and Ricardo Montalban (as El Gallo). I, being a purist, thought the TV show was abominable. But I was younger and hadn't learned to tolerate or respect other viewpoints or interpretations. I held my breath as I started playing the DVD after finding out that the opening "Try to Remember" was gone....but the more I watched...Jonathan (Stephen Sondheim's musicals) Tunnick's orchestrations started working a magic on me, and by the time "Soon It's Gonna Rain". finished, I was charmed and captivated. I didn't object to the new "Depends on What You Play", for the melody as always been in the score, only played by the "orchestra" as the Rape music ballet. Reading the other posts on IMDB board, I think many comments were unfair to this movie. There is NO way you could capture the original staging on film. A compromise had to be reached. And since it was Jones and Schmidt who wrote the screenplay, they and they alone had to right to do with it as they wished.

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