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The Fantasticks (1995)

PG | | Musical, Romance | 1995 (USA)
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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 »

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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
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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

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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 »
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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Fantásticos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,176, 24 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,757, 8 October 2000
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was filmed in 1995, and shelved for five years. The released version was re-edited by Francis Ford Coppola with the consent of director Michael Ritchie. 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?
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Alternate Versions

The DVD includes 3 deleted songs
  • Plant a Radish, Get a Radish.
  • It Depends on What You Pay.
  • Try to Remember
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman (1998) See more »

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Overture
Music by Harvey Schmidt
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Disappointing
12 September 2002 | by danhicksSee all my reviews

Given the resources and talent involved, one would have hoped for much more, but the movie lacks the sparkle of even a mediocre stage production.

Joel Grey as Bellamy phoned in his performance. Even making allowances for the fact that he was 63 when he made the movie, his performance was remarkably lifeless and his singing was unremarkable, even strained at times. Brad Sullivan as Hucklebee was even worse, flat performing and flat singing. Joseph McIntyre as The Boy turned in a passable performance, though he didn't really do the role justice. Jean Louisa Kelley as The Girl was perhaps the brightest spot in the lineup, delivering an adequate if not inspired performance.

Jonathon Morris was sadly miscast as El Gallo. He had the agility and strength needed for such a physical role, but lacked the proper menacing look needed. His acting was, if not totally flat, at least rather plastic. And the one song he needed to really carry -- "Try to Remember" -- he didn't have the voice for.

The staging was the most inspired part of the movie. Simply filming the minimalistic stage production wouldn't have worked, but the movie's set -- two homes and a carnival set in the prairie -- was sufficiently minimalistic to honor the play's concept while still bending to the requirements of the big screen. This facilitated devices that helped to flesh out some of the more ambiguous scenes in the play.

The script was unfortunately a Bowdlerized version. The song substituted for "The Rape Ballet" was incredibly uninspired and inconsistent. It was almost as if the writer wanted the substitute to be bad, in retaliation for pulling the original piece. In addition to "The Rape Ballet" substitution, several other songs were changed from the original, generally not for the better, and the delightful "Plant a Radish" was omitted entirely.

Perhaps the saddest change of all from the stage play was that the role of The Narrator was essentially omitted, and with it some of the most enchanting poetry in the script.


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