Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith despite endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Maybe, just maybe, handsome Oscar will be the one to do it.


Bob Fosse


Neil Simon (from the New York stage production book by), Federico Fellini (based upon the screenplay by: "Nights of Cabiria") | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Marie Wallace originated the part of Ursula in the original Broadway production. See more »


At around 36:45, during the "Fickle Finger of Fate" scene, with Shirley MacLaine's back to the camera, the shadow of the boom mic is visible in the upper right portion of the scene. See more »


Helene: There ain't no use flappin' your wings, 'cause we are stuck in the flypaper of life!
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Alternate Versions

Laserdisc version contains an alternative ending. After Oscar leaves Charity, he starts to go crazy in his apartment. He then realizes that despite Charity's faults, he really can't live without her. He finds Charity on the bridge in Central Park and, thinking she's going to jump, falls into the river. Charity jumps in after Oscar and forgives him. The two then walk off together, soaking wet, through the park. Bob Fosse thought this ending was too corny, and decided to use the depressing, yet more inspirational, ending for the film's major release. See more »


Features Cleopatra (1934) See more »


It's a Nice Face
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Shirley MacLaine
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Nights of Fosse
1 January 2020 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

This is loaded to the brim with that dancing and just general idiosyncratic "cool" feeling that made Fosse who he was as a creator. "Big Spender" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now" are all-timer Musical numbers in film history. And yeah, a couple of the numbers have certainly dated (hearing Sammy Davis tell a bunch of Broadway Hippies to "Sock it to me" in the "Rhythm of Life" number is worth a major eye-roll), plus Fosse's attempts to do uh La Jetee type still image montages at a couple of points. However, Shirley MacLaine is often so moving in a role that others might have played a little less intensely felt (what sold me was the job interview scene, which is just about perfect, but her comic timing is impecable). She's adorable but also very serious as a person, which is hard to pull off. It's big and flashy and a little bit silly (I like to call Ricardo Montalban Casanova Khan in this), and the director jumps off from Fellini and Neil Simon (in a Peter Stone script) for as much audacious advantage as he can. Not all of it works, but it's far from a "disaster" like Pauline Kael called it. 7.5/10

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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 »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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