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An old singer coaches a young woman whom he believes will be the next singing sensation. As she starts off with her career, their bond gets stronger.

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Anthony Harvey

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Frank Cucci, George L. Du Maurier (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Anton Bosnyak
Jodie Foster ... Zoe Alexander
Elizabeth Ashley ... Eve Swiss
Larry Joshua ... Johnny Rainbow
Pamela Blair Pamela Blair ... Trish
Barbara Bryne Barbara Bryne ... Mrs. Burns-Rizzo
Ron Weyand Ron Weyand ... Hypnotist
Robin Thomas ... Mendy Weindenbaum
Brian Carney Brian Carney ... Abbot Renfrew
Madeleine Potter ... Antonia
Holly Hunter ... Leslie
Vera Mayer Vera Mayer ... Gizella
Stuart Charno ... Boomer
Peter Boruchowitz Peter Boruchowitz ... Chris
Tony Devon ... Ben
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An old singer coaches a young woman whom he believes will be the next singing sensation. As she starts off with her career, their bond gets stronger.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ragazza e il professore See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Robert Halmi See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Zoe Alexander: He stuck his fingers in my mouth and he called me a pig!
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Version of Svengali (1914) See more »

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One Dream at a Time
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
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Poor adaptation of Pygmalion to music. Even so, worth a watch!
16 November 1999 | by dabreuSee all my reviews

Peter O'Toole has played Henry Higgins in TV's version of Pygmalion (My fair lady). Svengali is almost exactly the same story, except that instead of teaching "Eliza" how to speak, he teaches "Zoe" how to sing. O'Toole displays a lot of the brilliance he has as an actor but the performance is no way close to the one in Lawrence of Arabia -- but then again, there was David Lean directing LOA. O'Toole is an excellent character Actor. The music in the film too is quite good, except that Jodie Foster's song that brings her fame in the movie is too overplayed. In the beginning it's a nice tune and her voice is even dare I say pretty good! Worth seeing once at least.


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