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Finian's Rainbow (1968)

An Irish immigrant and his daughter move into a town in the American South with a magical piece of gold that will change people's lives, including a struggling farmer and African American citizens threatened by a bigoted politician.

Writers:

E.Y. Harburg (book), Fred Saidy (book) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Finian McLonergan
Petula Clark ... Sharon McLonergan
Tommy Steele ... Og
Don Francks ... Woody Mahoney
Keenan Wynn ... Senator Billboard Rawkins
Barbara Hancock ... Susan the Silent
Al Freeman Jr. ... Howard
Ronald Colby ... Buzz Collins
Dolph Sweet ... Sheriff
Wright King ... District Attorney
Louil Silas Louil Silas ... Henry
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Of Glocca Morra, Ireland, Finian McLongeran, who has his own unique belief system of Irish legends, uproots himself and his adult daughter, Sharon McLonergan, and heads for the mythical land of Rainbow Valley, Missitucky, USA where he believes he will become rich. One of those beliefs is that burying a crock of gold in Rainbow Valley will make it multiply, due to the power of rainbows and the Valley's close proximity to Fort Knox. Finian considers that he "borrowed" the crock of gold he has from the leprechauns of Glocca Morra, which he plans to return once he makes his fortune. Little does he know that in taking the gold, the leprechauns can no longer make wishes come true and are slowly turning mortal. One of those leprechauns, Og, has come to retrieve the crock of gold to save himself and his fellow leprechauns. Finian and Sharon's arrival in Rainbow Valley coincides with the return of the Valley's prodigal son, Woody Mahoney, who has come to repay back taxes before his land is ... Written by Huggo

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Trivia

The character "Woody Mahoney" was based loosely on songwriting wanderer Woody Guthrie. See more »

Goofs

When Sharon has finished washing her father's shirt, the front of her dress is wet, but when she meets Og the Leprechaun in the well, her dress is dry. See more »

Quotes

[Sharon pulls Og out of a well]
Sharon McLonergan: Well, this is a fine kettle of fish! And how do you explain these strange shenanigans?
[Og hiccups]
Sharon McLonergan: Well, if you won't speak, back into the well with you.
Og: Oh, no!
[jumps out]
Sharon McLonergan: So, you've found your tongue. Why were you hiding in that well?
Og: I wasn't hiding. Somebody had set me on fire and I had to put myself out.
Sharon McLonergan: Who was it that put the torch to you.
Og: It was a sunbeam.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

introducing Barbara Hancock as "Susan the Silent" See more »

Alternate Versions

Filmed in 35mm, Warners decided afterwards to promote it as a "reserved-ticket roadshow attraction" and converted it to 70mm, creating a wider-screen aspect ratio by cropping away the tops and bottoms of the images, and cropping away Fred Astaire's feet during some of his dance scenes. Restored versions show the original aspect ratio. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Railfair 91 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

When The Idle Poor Become The Idle Rich
(1946) (uncredited)
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Music by Burton Lane
Sung by Fred Astaire, Petula Clark and chorus
Danced by Fred Astaire
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Has its flaws, but it is worth watching and is perhaps Francis Ford-Coppola's most underrated film
17 July 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I love musicals and have done for the longest time. Finian's Rainbow is not among the best of the film musicals, but it is hardly among the worst either. It does have a ridiculous story and some moments of awkward editing. That said, it is definitely worth watching and is for me Francis Ford-Coppola's most underrated film.

The editing aside, I like the production values a lot, as the sets and costumes are lovely and there is some good lighting. The score and songs are all wonderful, my least favourite The Begat is still very good, and Old Devil Moon, When the Idle Poor Became the Idle Rich and particularly Look to the Rainbow are timeless.

Coppola directs with assurance, the choreography is some of the best I've seen in a while and the script has a lot of funny, witty and heart warming parts. When it comes to favourite scenes, the Rain Dance Ballet, which is lovingly choreographed, and the scene where Al Freeman Jnr applies for the job of butler, which is hilarious, are the most memorable to me.

I can't fault the cast either, Fred Astaire can do no wrong in my eyes, Tommy Steele and Al Freeman Jnr steal every scene they're in and I don't think there is another film where Petula Clark is more perfectly cast. In conclusion, flawed but definitely worth the watch. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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