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1995 (USA) See more »
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A mysterious fair come to a small community in the countryside, which could make real the illusions of two kids. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (From Backstage. 3 November 2010, 9:15 AM, PDT)

MGM Networks in new Russia deal
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 26 October 2004)

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Doesn't live up to its source material. See more (70 total) »


  (in credits order)

Joel Grey ... Amos Babcock Bellamy

Barnard Hughes ... Henry Albertson

Jean Louisa Kelly ... Luisa Bellamy

Joey McIntyre ... Matt Hucklebee (as Joe McIntyre)
Jonathon Morris ... El Gallo
Brad Sullivan ... Ben Hucklebee

Teller ... Mortimer

Arturo Gil ... The Bavarian Baby

Tony Cox ... His Assistant (as Joe Anthony Cox)
Victoria Stevens ... Jo Jo, The Chicken Lady
Trayne Thomas ... Tattooed Man
Shaunery Stevens ... Roustabout
Dyrk Ashton ... Roustabout
Gregory Amato ... Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
Lee Bell ... Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
Celia Fushille-Burke ... Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
Marjorie Grundvig ... Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
Tiffany Heft ... Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
Jennifer Jaffe ... Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
Mark Anthony Lopez ... Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
Julian Montaner ... Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
Rika Onizuka ... Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
Joseph Woelfel ... Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Abate ... Swordsman
Lisa Cassandra ... The Electric Lady

Lorin Davis ... Sabine (as Lorin Becker)

Keith Jefferson ... Roustabout
Benjamin Joel Caron ... The Ventriloquist (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Ritchie 
Writing credits
Tom Jones (play) and
Harvey Schmidt (play)

Tom Jones (screenplay) &
Harvey Schmidt (screenplay)

Produced by
Tim Healey .... associate producer
Terry Miller .... associate producer
Linne Radmin .... producer
Michael Ritchie .... producer
Art Schaefer .... executive producer (as Art Schaeffer)
Original Music by
Harvey Schmidt 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy 
Film Editing by
William S. Scharf 
Francis Ford Coppola (uncredited)
Casting by
Richard Pagano  (as Rick Pagano)
Production Design by
Douglas W. Schmidt 
Art Direction by
Edward L. Rubin  (as Ed Rubin)
Bryan Felty (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Alan Hicks 
Costume Design by
Luke Reichle 
Makeup Department
Ken Chase .... makeup supervisor
Cherie .... hair stylist (as Cherie Huffman)
Shirley Dolle .... head hair stylist
Dennis Glas .... makeup artist (as Dennis Glass)
Production Management
Kim Aubry .... post-production supervisor
Art Schaefer .... unit production manager (as Art Schaeffer)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Bamber .... second assistant director
Franklyn Gottbetter .... second second assistant director
Terry Miller .... first assistant director
Mark Tobey .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Matt Aston .... painter
Donna Cihak .... set dresser
Jack Colmenero .... swing
Bryan Duff .... assistant property master
Craig Edelblut .... lead set dresser
Star Fields .... construction coordinator
Andrea Guy .... set dresser
Dick Hansen .... on-set dresser (as Richard Hansen)
Alan Hines .... lead painter
John Horning .... assistant props
Karri Mayo .... art department coordinator
Robert 'Cass' McEntee .... construction foreman
Garry McEvoy .... painter
Jimmy Raitt .... property master
Steve Sawhill .... swing foreman
Tad Smalley .... lead man
Kristen Spinning .... painter
Kristen Spinning .... stand-by painter
Dawn Swiderski .... set designer
Abby Yaloff .... swing (as Abby Rayve)
Sound Department
Mary Andrews .... adr editor
Brian Best .... adr assistant
Mary Blee .... assistant sound editor
Neil Brody .... additional re-recording mixer
Paul Coogan .... cable
Ethan Derner .... sound recordist
Gordon Ecker .... supervising sound editor
Bruce Fortune .... sound editor
Frank A. Fuller Jr. .... foley supervisor
Tom Gerard .... sound re-recording mixer
David Gertz .... foley mixer
Pete Horner .... sound recordist
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Anthony Milch .... sound editor
James Moriana .... foley artist (as Jim Moriana)
Douglas Murray .... adr recordist (as Douglas L. Murray)
Kim H. Ornitz .... production sound mixer
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Kim Secrist .... sound editor
Shawn Sykora .... sound editor
Gary A. Theard .... boom operator (as Gary Anthony Theard)
Tim Tuchrello .... assistant sound editor
Aaron D. Weisblatt .... sound editor (as Aaron Weisblatt)
Bernard Weiser .... sound editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
Richard E. Yawn .... supervising sound editor
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer (as Paul Zydel)
Special Effects by
Eric Roberts .... special effects technican
Cliff Wenger .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Chris Brown .... visual effects producer: Boss Film Studio
Don Hansard .... projection scenes
Walter F. Hyneman .... CG supervisor
Rachel Kelley .... matte painter
Neil Krepela .... visual effects supervisor
Ron Simonson .... digital colorist
David A. Smith .... digital artist
Scott Leva .... stunt double
Lori Lynn Ross .... stunt player
Robin Shelby .... stunts (as Robin Navlyt)
Chuck Waters .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Russell Caldwell .... assistant chief lighting technician
Tim Collins .... dolly grip
David Elmore .... second assistant camera
Tammy Fouts .... second assistant camera
Mark Gutterud .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Frederick Iannone .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Robert Kositchek .... director of photography: second unit
Dickinson H. Luke .... rigging chief lighting technician (as Dickinson Luke)
Darren Michaels .... unit & specials photographer
Jason Newton .... grip
Frank Perl .... camera operator
Michael Starkey .... dolly grip: "b" camera
R. Michael Stringer .... best boy grip
Jon R. Tower .... chief lighting technician
Paul Varrieur .... director of photography: second unit
Kevin Wadowski .... key grip
Clifton Dance .... electrician (uncredited)
Randell L. Rowlett .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Thea McLean .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Teresa Binder .... costumer
Blanca Garcia .... key set costumer
Wingate Jones .... costume supervisor
Birgitte Mann .... assistant costume designer
Abram Waterhouse .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Andi Kasen Bergman .... assistant editor (as Andi Kasen Bergman)
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Melissa Kent .... additional editor
Liza McDonald .... assistant editor
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Philip Pucci .... first assistant editor
Eric Rigney .... avid technician
Tara Timpone .... first assistant editor
Dale Jones .... avid technician (uncredited)
Music Department
Nick Archer .... assistant conductor
Tim Boot .... music recordist
Sabrina Buchanek .... assistant music editor
Robert Hathaway .... music editor
Joseph Magee .... production music mixer
Seymour Red Press .... music contractor (as Red Press)
Alan Silverman .... music engineer
Jonathan Tunick .... conductor
Jonathan Tunick .... music adaptor
Jonathan Tunick .... music arranger
John Moses .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Fritz Braden .... transportation consultant
Martin Coblenz .... transportation captain
Other crew
Paula Barrett-Barbier .... script supervisor (as Paula Barrett)
Jeffery J. Boggs .... stand- in
Sidney Brammer .... post production assistant
Shane Clark .... assistant to director
Chip Fowler .... production coordinator
Celeste Gose .... production assistant
Larry Hand .... accountant (as Laurence L. Hand)
Michael G. Kehoe .... craft service company: Arizona/Los Angeles (as Michael Kehoe)
Gary Moglovkin .... assistant accountant
Lore Noto .... produced on the stage in New York by
Michael Smuin .... choreographer
Jamy Ian Swiss .... magic designer
James Velasquez .... production assistant
Shalini Waran .... production coordinator
Jimmy Zelinger .... title designer (as Jimmy Zellinger)
Tod Swindell .... location scout (uncredited)

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Rated PG for some bawdy carnival humor
86 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Singapore:PG | USA:PG (certificate #33777)

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"El Gallo" is Spanish for "The Rooster"See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Version of The Fantasticks (1964) (TV)See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Doesn't live up to its source material., 5 March 2001
Author: Dehlia from New York

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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