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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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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 »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

Quotes

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 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman (1998) See more »

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Music by Harvey Schmidt
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Doesn't live up to its source material.
5 March 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I am the world's biggest fan of this stage show, having seen it three times. This is a weak and butchered rendition of my favorite musical, but it still retains enough charm and humor to convey the perfection of the original. The excision of three songs is bad enough, but the removal of a verse of one song (I Can See It) and the replacement of a verse of another (Metaphor) is downright bizarre; in Metaphor, the entire rest of the song depends upon the rewritten first verse, and so it makes no sense, and in I Can See It, much of the dramatic tension is lost with the missing verse, which they seemed to have cut because they couldn't figure out how to choreograph it. The movie had one really creative idea -- the carnival, and then apparently shot its wad. The Boy and The Girl are wonderful, as is Barnard Hughes and Teller as The Actor and The Man Who Dies, but Joel Grey is surprisingly weak, and Brad Sullivan as the other father is just a total mistake. Much of the material removed is that which suggests that El Gallo is some kind of mystical figure, engineering the whole thing, and this weakens the story considerably.


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