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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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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 »
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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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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 A Sainted Devil (1924) See more »

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Happy Ending
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by Tom Jones
Sung by Joel Grey, Brad Sullivan, Jean Louisa Kelly and Joey McIntyre
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Old Fashioned In The Best Sense!
15 June 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This show ran for over 40 years off-Broadway, where I saw it late in its run. It has certainly been done a lot on stages everywhere and often the approach is so heavy-handed that the simplicity and charm of the show are lost. So after all the delays and re-cuttings, the film came out and I had to give it a try. The good news: it worked and worked well. In fact, I can't imagine it being done much better given the difficulty of adapting stage musicals to the screen. "Act One" is full of youthful idealism (with adult plotting going on behind the scenes). "Act Two" is the reality check wherein one sees all the flaws that had been masked by that youthful idealism. A simple love story with some of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's most enjoyable music, this film is a wonderful entertainment.




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