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Pygmalion (1983)

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The standard My Fair Lady story, with a provocative rendition by screen legend O'Toole. He knows how to talk, but does he know how to behave towards a lady?

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The standard My Fair Lady story, with a provocative rendition by screen legend O'Toole. He knows how to talk, but does he know how to behave towards a lady?

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Peter O'Toole would play Henry Higgins again in a 1987 Broadway production of "Pygmalion", but with a different cast. Amanda Plummer played Eliza in the 1987 revival. See more »

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Women Have More Voice
19 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Comparisons with "My Fair Lady" are unfair to this fine television version of "Pygmalion." O'Tool gives a wonderful eccentric performance as Henry Higgens and Margot Kidder is a fine Eliza, but the quality which I especially find valuable when I use this version to teach in my Introduction to Literature is the speeches both Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Higgens give which are cut from the musical to make room for all that wonderful music. Thus the female voice of Mrs. Higgens, "No No, you two infinitely stupid male creatures!" (Act III line 198), is lost. Also the ending, which is even more vague than the musical about the future of the two main characters, is a wonderful leap off for class discussion about "middle class" expectations. I really enjoy all of this production.

Anderson Rearick Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon, OH.


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