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The Fantasticks (2000)

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A mysterious fair that comes to a small community in the countryside could make real the illusions of two teenagers.

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 ... Bellomy
Barnard Hughes ... Henry
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Luisa
Joey McIntyre ... Matt (as Joe McIntyre)
Jonathon Morris ... El Gallo
Brad Sullivan ... 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. However, the fathers are actually good friends who have hatched a plan--with help from a mystical roving sideshow and its equally-mysterious ringmaster--to get the two lovebirds down the aisle. But in order to bring these families together, they must first be torn apart. Written by Anonymous

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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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Trivia

"El Gallo" is Spanish for "The Rooster" 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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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

This Plum Is Too Ripe
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by Tom Jones
Sung by Jean Louisa Kelly, Joey McIntyre, Joel Grey and Brad Sullivan
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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.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fantasticks See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,176, 24 September 2000

Gross USA:

$49,666

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,666
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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