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Pippin: His Life and Times (1981)

Not Rated | | Comedy, History, Musical | TV Movie
At the goading of the ominous and omnipresent Leading Player, Pippin, the eldest son of King Charlemagne, samples life's pleasures to discover his place in the world and the meaning of his life.

Director:

David Sheehan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Vereen ... The Leading Player
William Katt ... Pippin
Leslie Denniston Leslie Denniston ... Catherine
Benjamin Rayson Benjamin Rayson ... Charlemagne
Martha Raye ... Berthe
Chita Rivera ... Fastrada
Joanie P. Oneill Joanie P. Oneill ... Player
Debra Phelan Debra Phelan ... Player
Linda Haberman Linda Haberman ... Player
Kate Wright Kate Wright ... Player
Allison Williams Allison Williams ... Player
John Mineo John Mineo ... Sword Bearer
Charles Lee Ward Charles Lee Ward ... Peasant
Lee Mathis Lee Mathis ... Beggar
Frank Mastrocola Frank Mastrocola ... Noble
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A young prince named Pippin searches for meaning and purpose in his life.

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At the goading of the ominous and omnipresent Leading Player, Pippin, the eldest son of King Charlemagne, samples life's pleasures to discover his place in the world and the meaning of his life.

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Not Rated

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Trivia

The sheet music flown in for "No Time At All" clearly reads, in the lower left corner: "(C) AD 783." The historical Berthe, Bertrada of Laon, died on 12 June 783. See more »

Goofs

The Lead Player sings during the song "Simple Joys" that wouldn't you rather be... "a twig on a fig in Galilee." The line from the song that is supposed to be sung is "a fig on a twig in Galilee". See more »

Quotes

The leading player: Think about the sun, Pippin... think about her golden glance. How she lights the world up - well, now it's your chance! With the guardians of splendor inviting you to dance... Pippin. Think about the sun.
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Alternate Versions

Additionally, in recent years, a rough cut containing all items deleted from the original broadcast version for issues of time has surfaced on the Internet, disappearing only to reappear numerous times. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Modern Family: Slow Down Your Neighbors (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Sung by Ben Vereen and The Players
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User Reviews

 
entertaining- touching- honest -and yes-sexy
14 March 2005 | by glen10000See all my reviews

here in the summary you have all of the elements for why i give this stage play an 8. probably it does not get a higher rating because i fail to understand why the author uses Charlemagne,his first born, Pippen to get where the go. maybe you have to read the book for that.Sometimes I think this play didn't know where it wanted to go. It appeared to be historical course with Chita Rivera, Pippin's mom pushing the second son to the king's attention. Then it appeared to address the futility, foolhardiness and carnage of war . Then we have the sex orgy. I wonder if this was a controversial play when it first appeared (60's ?} Even today, the anti-church line would be sure to attract the wrath of some section in the religious right And yet, this play "magically" (you'll See why I use quote if you watch) succeeds as a coming-of- age tale. Incidentally, I saw "Bonnie And Clyde" first; and believe it or nor - the both relate ! Pippin, however, realizes what is truly important.


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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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