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Pygmalion (1983)

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Movie
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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Professor Henry Higgins: Pickering, shall we ask this baggage to sit down or shall we throw her out of the window?
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Version of Pigmalião 70 (1970) See more »

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It's the closest to the original, but not the best
5 November 2004 | by (Jacksonville, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Although this TV version, produced by Margot Kidder herself, is much closer to Shaw's original play than either the 1938 filming or MY FAIR LADY, I still find Wendy Hiller and Leslie Howard did the best job of realising the spirit of the play. The problem here is mainly in the casting. Margot and Peter are obviously trying their best, and are enthusiastic about the play, but it just doesn't come off. Peter O'Toole seems on the ragged edge of drunk most of the time. Margot Kidder is a bit too much "in your face" to produce the effect of sweetness which is basic to the character of "Eliza". Sure, she is a tough street girl, but she longs for affection and friendship as well as advancement in the world. Margot doesn't produce this effect. The two best acting jobs are by Frances Hyland as Mrs. Higgins, and by John Standing as Col. Pickering.

As for those who prefer MY FAIR LADY, I'll agree it is a beautiful spectacle, but that confounded "Opera Seria" format gets in the way of the story. If you eliminate the music, it's a pretty good "Pygmalion". But it's outrageously extrapolated from Shaw.


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