5.7/10
1,072
70 user 23 critic

The Fantasticks (1995)

PG | | Musical, Romance | 1995 (USA)
Trailer
0:56 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
A mysterious fair come to a small community in the countryside, which could make real the illusions of two kids.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writers:

Tom Jones (play), Harvey Schmidt (play) | 2 more credits »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Fantasticks (TV Movie 1964)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Neighboring widowers plot to romantically unite their son and daughter by pretending to feud and forbidding the two children to associate with each other. Their scheme works and the two ... See full summary »

Director: George Schaefer
Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Bert Lahr, Stanley Holloway
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A smalltime US filmmaker goes to Cannes to try to get his movie in the limelight. A wife of one of the producers there gets interested in his story and they begin an affair.

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Keith Carradine, Monica Vitti, Raf Vallone
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After a young man leaves a band of pirates, hilarity ensues.

Director: Wilford Leach
Stars: Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A swimsuit fashion designer is determined to protect her scatterbrained sister from a South American heart-breaker, but a case of mistaken identity complicates matters.

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalban
Documentary | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1980, the head usher at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium gives his crew a pep talk: he wants tonight's "Betty Midler" show to go smoothly. He's a little worried about risque language, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Bette Midler, Jocelyn Brown, Ula Hedwig
The Island (1980)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

In New York City, journalist Blair Maynard convinces his editor to travel to Florida to investigate the mysterious disappearance of ships in the Bermuda Triangle area. Maynard is divorced, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Michael Caine, David Warner, Angela Punch McGregor
The Scout (1994)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The story of a baseball scout who discovers a talented but troubled baseball player.

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Albert Brooks, Brendan Fraser, Dianne Wiest
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

When police discover that a mob hitman has moved in next door to the Robbersons, they want to find out what he is up to. So they set up a stakeout in the Robbersons' home. Hard-nosed, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Chevy Chase, Jack Palance, Dianne Wiest
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The escaped delinquent John W. Burns, Jr. replaces Dr. Maitlin on a radio show, saying he's the psychiatrist Lawrence Baird. His tactless radio show is a hit, and he becomes very popular. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Walter Matthau, Charles Grodin
Prime Cut (1972)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out.

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Sissy Spacek
Smile (1975)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

It's time again for California's "Young American Miss" beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo, who give their all to put on a successful ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Bruce Dern, Barbara Feldon, Michael Kidd
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Grey ... Amos Babcock Bellamy
Barnard Hughes ... Henry Albertson
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Luisa Bellamy
Joey McIntyre ... Matt Hucklebee (as Joe McIntyre)
Jonathon Morris ... El Gallo
Brad Sullivan ... Ben Hucklebee
Teller ... Mortimer
Arturo Gil ... The Bavarian Baby
Tony Cox ... His Assistant (as Joe Anthony Cox)
Victoria Stevens Victoria Stevens ... Jo Jo, The Chicken Lady
Trayne Thomas Trayne Thomas ... Tattooed Man
Shaunery Stevens Shaunery Stevens ... Roustabout
Dyrk Ashton ... Roustabout
Gregory Amato Gregory Amato ... Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
Lee Bell Lee Bell ... Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
Edit

Storyline

Two teenagers on neighboring farms steal glances and hide their romance from their feuding fathers. Little do these love-birds know, however, that their fathers are actually good friends who've hatched a plan - with the help of a mystical roving side-show and its equally mysterious ring master - to get these two lovers down the aisle! But be careful what you wish for. Because to bring these families together... they must first be torn apart! Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Try To Remember The First Time The Magic Happened. See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some bawdy carnival humor | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Fantásticos See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,176, 24 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,757, 8 October 2000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The original off-Broadway production of "The Fantasticks" opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse on May 3, 1960, ran for ONLY 17,162 performances closing on Janary 13, 2002. The original cast included Jerry Orbach. A new production opened at the Snapple Theater Center/Jerry Orbach Theater on August 16, 2006 and is still running (June 2010). See more »

Quotes

El Gallo: There is a curious paradox that no one can explain: who understands the secrets of the reaping of the grain? Who understands why spring is born out of winter's laboring pain, or why we all must die a bit before we grow again?
See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD includes 3 deleted songs
  • Plant a Radish, Get a Radish.
  • It Depends on What You Pay.
  • Try to Remember
See more »

Connections

Version of The Fantasticks (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

They Were You
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by Tom Jones
Sung by Joey McIntyre and Jean Louisa Kelly
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Very disappointing
24 June 2003 | by redvette_ragtopSee all my reviews

I am a big musical fan. As a high school choir teacher, I require my students to watch them. I won't be requiring them to watch this.

Another comment on this forum said that the negatively opinionated people should cut the movie version some slack as there are always differences with a screenplay. True, but most of the screenplay versions have become classics in their own right--and for good reason. That reason being that the screenplay itself is an excellent adaptation and it is quality work. Not so with this disappointing movie.

This movie had great potential with a good cast. I think that Jean Louisa Kelly was the bright spot, quite good actually, and the actor who portrayed El Gallo was the low spot.

Ironically, the movie was like the story. Once Matt and Louisa had the freedom to see each other and empowered to make their relationship and fantasies materialize from abstract to concrete, the magic was gone. I felt the magic of the play was gone because much of what was the magic of our imagination and imagery gave way to too many concrete images on screen via sets, props, and what not. It simply didn't work.

I remember the intimacy of doing this play in high school. I was not on stage, but I was one of the "pit" musicians. We did it in 3/4 in the round. The theater seated 70 people. The cast interacted with the pit and the audience. It was simply charming. It was magical. Not so with this movie.

Like others, big question marks entered my head with the script. I kept saying to myself several times during the viewing, "I don't remember this," or "I thought something else happened (or was said)."

No, I'm not going to cut this some slack just because a movie version is going to differ from the staged version. We own most of the movie versions of various musicals and we watch them and re-watch them and re-watch them again and again. Why? Because they're great. This one?....Well, I'm glad we rented it.

Go see the real thing. On a stage.


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 70 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed