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Sweet Charity (1969)

Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her ... See full summary »

Director:

Bob Fosse

Writers:

Neil Simon (from the New York stage production book by), Federico Fellini (based upon the screenplay by: "Nights of Cabiria") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Charity
John McMartin ... Oscar
Ricardo Montalban ... Vittorio
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Big Daddy
Chita Rivera ... Nickie
Paula Kelly ... Helene
Stubby Kaye ... Herman
Barbara Bouchet ... Ursula
Suzanne Charny Suzanne Charny ... Dancer
Alan Hewitt ... Nicholsby
Dante DiPaolo Dante DiPaolo ... Charlie (as Dante D'Paulo)
Bud Vest Bud Vest ... Dancer
Ben Vereen ... Dancer
Lee Roy Reams Lee Roy Reams ... Dancer
Al Lanti Al Lanti ... Dancer
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Storyline

Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Maybe, just maybe, handsome Oscar will be the one to do it. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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One of the great musicals of the 60s with fabulous numbers like Big Spender. See more »


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G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1969 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweet Charity: The Adventures of a Girl Who Wanted to Be Loved See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Chita Rivera who played Nickie previously starred in the national tour as Charity. See more »

Goofs

In the "Aloof" movement of "The Rich Man's Frug," two of the male principal dancers walk down the stairs to light a woman's cigarette, while the others dance behind them. The background choreography in this shot leads directly to the triangle formation of the next shot, and the two men are now in the middle of the group, although there was no time for them to reach that position. See more »

Quotes

Charity Hope Valentine: Wow, this place is sure full of celebrities. I'm the only one in here I've never heard of.
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Alternate Versions

On its release to what were then called "neighborhood theatres" (i.e., theatres that showed films that had ended their first runs), the film's running time was shortened by trimming or eliminating several scenes. In the shortened version, the montage between the dance hall dressing room scene and the sidewalk scene where Charity sees Vittorio was cut; the dance section of "I'm a Brass Band" was shortened; "I Love to Cry at Weddings" faded out and ended as Charity and Oscar leave the dance hall; and the scene in the phone booth at the end of the film (Charity lying to Nickie and Helene about being with Oscar and the conclusion of "Where Am I Going?") was entirely cut. For several years, this was the version that was shown on television. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Who's That Girl (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Nice Face
(uncredited)
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Shirley MacLaine
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Fosse's first film (and big bomb) is remarkable
12 August 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

There's just something about this movie that I love. I had seen bits and pieces of it some half a dozen times in the past couple of years. Tonight I finally sat and watched all of it. In theory it sounds like blasphemy: a musical remake of Fellini's Nights of Cabiria. But somehow first time director Bob Fosse pulls it off, and enormously well. Fosse is daring and innovative in his direction. Not just in the musical numbers, where you would expect it, but in every scene. He plays, and he's obviously having a ball. After the direction, a high percentage of the film's success is due to Shirley MacLaine, who was never better as Charity Hope Valentine. As much as I love and care for Giullieta Masina's Cabiria, I love and care for MacLaine's Charity. She's such an enormously lovable character, and MacLaine is simply brilliant. Her comic timing is impeccable. Sweet Charity also proves an interesting time capsule of late 60s New York City. In the scene cognate to the Picadilly Club in Nights of Cabiria, we visit a trendy night club where the girls where blue feathers as hats. Clips of Cleopatra (the one with Claudette Colbert) and an unidentifiable W.C. Fields movie play on a big screen in the background. We visit a religious ceremony for hippies who sing The Rhythm of Life. Sammy Davis Jr. is the priest! In Cabiria, a parade of young people cheer her at the end of the film. In Sweet Charity, a group of hippies, amongst them a young Bud Cort, hand out flowers in the morning, just saying good morning to everyone they meet. This movie was a huge bomb when first released. Fosse is actually really lucky they gave him another chance at direction, and then he made a film instantly recognizable as a masterpiece, Cabaret. Sweet Charity did not deserve to fail so miserably. Just the fickle fingers of fate, I guess.


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