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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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Rated PG for some bawdy carnival humor | See all certifications »
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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$44,757 (USA) (6 October 2000)
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The actors sing live during the shots, while listening to the music on hidden earphones. See more »

Quotes

Amos Babcock Bellamy: You see! Whenever you have a problem, the United States Postal Service comes to the rescue.
Ben Hucklebee: Yeah, they run a tight ship.
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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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It takes years to get to the screen and this is the best they can do?
3 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The pluses for this are terrific art and production design which is beautifully displayed by the cinematography of Fred Murphy but pretty pictures only go so far. The piece's other strong suit is a fine score with many lovely songs however they are compromised by being given to the two leads who have thin reedy voices without distinction or subtlety and the tunes suffer because of it. The score was a favorite of the young Barbra Streisand and she recorded several of the numbers, listen to her versions of Much More, Soon It's Gonna Rain and particularly I Can See It and you'll understand what has been lost in the pallid interpretations offered here. Alas it is of no help that the same romantic leads share zero chemistry on screen with McIntyre practically disappearing from the screen, so bland is his presence. The best work is turned in by Brad Sullivan and Joel Grey but their parts are small and Grey is especially wasted. Catch the live show instead.


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