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The Fantasticks (1995)

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

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Musical | Romance

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Rated PG for some bawdy carnival humor | See all certifications »
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1995 (USA)  »

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Fantasticks  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$44,757 (USA) (6 October 2000)
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"El Gallo" is Spanish for "The Rooster" See more »

Quotes

Ben Hucklebee: [holds out money] Would sixty dollars be an insult?
El Gallo: Yes but I'm used to abuse.
[grabs the money]
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References Feet of Mud (1924) See more »

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'Round and 'Round
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by Tom Jones
Sung by Jonathon Morris and Jean Louisa Kelly
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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


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