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Finian's Rainbow ()


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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... See more »

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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 7 nominations.
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Finian McLonergan
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Sharon McLonergan
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Og
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Woody Mahoney
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Senator Billboard Rawkins
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Susan the Silent
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Howard
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Buzz Collins
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Sheriff
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District Attorney
Louil Silas ...
Henry
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Sharecropper 'Necessity' (uncredited)
Charles Carter ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Robert Cleaves ...
Geologist (uncredited)
Robert Cole ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Willie Covan ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Evelyn Dutton ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Martin Eric ...
Deputy (uncredited)
Joe Evans ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Talya Ferro ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
James Field ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Carey Foster ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Lili Francks ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Nicci-Ann Frank ...
Sharecropper Child (uncredited)
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Passion Pilgrim Gospeleer (uncredited)
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Passion Pilgrim Gospeleer (uncredited)
Louis Hart ...
Man in White Suit (uncredited)
Marya Henriques ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Robert S. Holman ...
Lucas (uncredited)
Joyce Horne ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Vince Howard ...
Geologist #1 (uncredited)
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Sharecropper (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Carlton Johnson ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
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Sharecropper (uncredited)
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Passion Pilgrim Gospeleer (uncredited)
Maurishka ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Bert May ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Gary Menteer ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Frances E. Nealy ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Roy Palmer ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Leonard Rogel ...
Man in White Suit (uncredited)
Roberta Tennes ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Claude Thompson ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Peter Virgo ...
Deputy (uncredited)
Rebecca Vorno ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Clessia Wade ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)
Jonathan Wynne ...
Sharecropper (uncredited)

Directed by

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Francis Ford Coppola

Written by

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E.Y. Harburg ... (book: from the Broadway play) and
Fred Saidy ... (book: from the Broadway play)
 
E.Y. Harburg ... (screenplay) &
Fred Saidy ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Joel Freeman ... associate producer
Joseph Landon ... producer

Music by

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Ray Heindorf ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Philip H. Lathrop ... director of photography (as Philip Lathrop)

Film Editing by

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Melvin Shapiro ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Fred Talmage ... assistant film editor

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Hilyard M. Brown

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Phil Abramson ... (as Philip Abramson)
William L. Kuehl

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Dorothy Jeakins ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Gordon Bau ... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly ... supervising hair stylist

Production Management

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Joel Freeman ... production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Fred Gammon ... assistant director
Howard G. Kazanjian ... assistant director (as Howard Kazanjian)

Art Department

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Frank L. Brown ... carpenter (uncredited)

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M.A. Merrick ... sound
Dan Wallin ... sound
Bob Barrett ... sound editor (uncredited)
Al Cavigga ... sound editor (uncredited)
Harold Fisher ... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Jack Horger ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Jerry Brutsche ... utility stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Carroll Ballard ... second unit photography (uncredited)
William N. Clark ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Jason ... electrician (uncredited)

Music Department

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Ken Darby ... associate music supervisor
E.Y. Harburg ... lyrics by: from the Broadway play
Richard C. Harris ... music editor
Ray Heindorf ... conductor / music supervisor
Burton Lane ... music by: from the Broadway play
Robert Bain ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Jack Dumont ... musician (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert B. Shepard ... playback singer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Ronald Colby ... dialogue supervisor
Betty Levin ... continuity
Phill Norman ... main title
Hermes Pan ... choreographer
George Lucas ... production assistant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 auctioned off. Woody's sister, Susan Mahoney, is referred to by most Susan the Silent, as she has never spoken and communicates primarily through dance. In helping the Mahoneys repay those taxes, Finian only asks for a small parcel of that land for him and Sharon, and mostly for a place to bury the crock of gold. With the rest of the land, Woody and his friend, Howard, a research botanist, plan to revolutionize the tobacco industry by growing the first ever mentholated tobacco plants, which is a little more difficult to accomplish than they initially believe. Much like Finian, Woody plans on getting rich the easy way, in Woody's case off the hard work of Howard. Regardless of Sharon's dislike of what Woody is doing by being what she considers a schemer, the two fall in love. Finian's assistance of Woody in keeping the land irks bigoted Senator Billboard Rawkins, who has been trying to buy up as much land in the Valley as possible. Complications ensue for all involved because of the crock of gold, even though most have not seen it or even know it exists for real. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • La vallée du bonheur (France)
  • El valle del arco iris (Spain)
  • Finianova duga (Croatia)
  • Divotvorný hrnec (Czechoslovakia, Czech title)
  • Der goldene Regenbogen (West Germany)
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  • 141 min
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Budget $3,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Many, including Fred Astaire, blamed director Francis Ford Coppola for cutting off Astaire's feet during filming of his dancing scenes, but it was Warners who decided, after the filming had been completed in 35mm, to convert the film to the wider 70mm and promote it as a "reserved-ticket roadshow attraction." This was achieved by cropping off the tops and bottoms of the film frame, including some shots of Astaire's footwork. See more »
Goofs In the song "Old Devil Moon" as Woody and Sharon dance through the stream, Woody has clearly got bare feet and his hands are in Sharon's. In the next shot, he has his shoes back on. It even looks like his trousers are dry. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Look To The Rainbow / How Are Things In Glocca Morra? See more »
Crazy Credits introducing Barbara Hancock as "Susan the Silent" See more »
Quotes Finian McLonergan: America is full of millionaires.
Sharon McLonergan: But Father, are there no ill clad or ill housed in America?
Finian McLonergan: Aye, but they're the best ill clad and the best ill housed in the world.
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