MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,257 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 949 users   Metascore: 48/100
Reviews: 70 user | 23 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

Free at IMDb

WATCH NOW

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 156 titles
created 08 Dec 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 20 Mar 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 01 Jul 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 4 months 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... 

Blood First (2014)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Two brothers love and loyalty to one another is tested by the code of the streets.

Director: Najaa Young
Stars: Wanda Anthony, Mychal Bailey, Jason Baker
Hooper (1978)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Aging stuntman Sonney Hooper is still on top as one of the best stuntmen in the business. But up and coming Ski is starting to do bigger and better stunts. Hooper has the experience to ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sally Field
Comedy | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ernest Borgnine plays Rex Page, an old man who is bitter about never becoming famous and having lived a life without any meaning. After suffering a stroke, he ends up in a nursing home ... See full summary »

Director: Elia Petridis
Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Barry Corbin, Carla Ortiz
Forty Guns (1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An authoritarian rancher, Barbara Stanwyck, who rules an Arizona county with her private posse of hired guns. When a new marshall arrives to set things straight, the cattle queen finds ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This Ken Loach film tells the story of a man devoted to his family and his religion. Proud, though poor, Bob wants his little girl to have a beautiful (and costly) brand-new dress for her ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Bruce Jones, Julie Brown, Gemma Phoenix
Isadora (1968)
Certificate: M Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people's ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, James Fox, Jason Robards
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Charlie and his troublesome cousin Paulie decide to steal $150000 in order to back a "sure thing" race horse that Paulie has inside information on. The aftermath of the robbery gets them ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah
Gone Madigan (TV Special 2010)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Kathleen Madigan is just brilliantly funny and is still, after 20 years in the business, actually having fun.

Director: Shannon Hartman
Stars: Kathleen Madigan, Lewis Black
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A planet is discovered in the same orbit as Earth's but is located on the exact opposite side of the sun, making it not visible from Earth. The European Space Exploration Council decide to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Roy Thinnes, Ian Hendry, Patrick Wymark
The Rose (1979)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager.

Director: Mark Rydell
Stars: Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Colin Quinn performs his one-man show about world history, which he originally presented on Broadway.

Directors: John Moffitt, Jerry Seinfeld
Stars: Colin Quinn
Short | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A revolutionary scientist defends his life choices to his dying father, a tyrannical CIA agent fighting for redemption.

Director: Ron Dalrymple
Stars: Marcella Avila, Ron Dalrymple, Daniel Dasent
Edit

Cast

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
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:

Try To Remember The First Time The Magic Happened. 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  »

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

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.
See more »

Connections

References Feet of Mud (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

This Plum Is Too Ripe
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by Tom Jones
Sung by Jean Louisa Kelly, Joey McIntyre, Joel Grey and Brad Sullivan
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

The Impossible Film
5 May 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I think the defining moment of "The Fantasticks" is the presentation of the song, "It Depends on What You Pay." In this film, that title is the only line from the original song that makes it into the film. That's because an alternate title of the original song is "Rape," the word being defined in the musical as "abduction," not the darker meaning. That explanation, curiously, remains in the film, but the other lyrics, describing different kinds of "rapes" are excluded. The exclusion of those lyrics is not surprising--what seemed only risque in 1960 now seems not only politically incorrect but surprisingly callous and insensitive. The fact, however, that one song from a 1960 Off-Broadway musical cannot fit into a 1995 movie, doesn't necessary mean the rest of the musical can.

Much of what was classic in the past no longer fits into contemporary thought. Updating, however, cannot necessarily preserve what made it into a classic in the first place, and it is not just "It Depends on What You Pay" that's been updated.

Speaking of the original "Fantasticks" as a whole, the score is something I fell in love with 34 years ago. The simplicity of it--scored basically for harp and piano--was a revelation compared to overscored Broadway shows. It also accentuated the music's occasional harmonic surprises, which seem to look forward to Stephen Sondheim. More than this, the minimalist staging--no real sets or props--also was very foward-looking, and assisted in making more timeless what might now seem like a very timebound story. I think the fact the original play has run non-stop for 41 years verifies this.

All this is lacking in the film. Jonathan Tunick's updated orchestrations are good, but they blunt the impact of the score. In place of a bare bones stage, we now see location shooting and a huge carnival set. Other songs are abridged, and dialogue omitted. Maybe this had to be done to adapt the musical into something that didn't seem just a filmed stage event and adapt it for modern audiences, but it isn't really "The Fantasticks" anymore, and it shows on the screen. The film comes off hopelessly hokey and contrived. Worse, it comes off as the very thing I believe I remember Luisa asks God not to make her in the play's introduction to "Just Once": ordinary.

Perhaps this is a film that should never have been attempted. And perhaps someone will have the foresight to release the 1960's TV version on video soon.


8 of 9 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:
?