Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity

DVD - 2003 | Widescreen
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A lovelorn New York dance hall hostess named Charity Hope Valentine dreams of old-fashioned romance but falls in love with one undeserving man after another.

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vickmeister
May 14, 2019

The first feature film that Bob Fosse directed; an adaptation of the Broadway musical. As I love "Cabaret" I was curious to take a look. Shirley MacLaine is charming as the title character; a hapless taxi dancer who dreams of romance and keeps getting involved with one wrong guy after another. The first half of the movie was entertaining, with dance numbers so filled with signature Fosse moves that they could have been plopped right into "Cabaret." The evening Charity spends with the movie star is fresh and fun, with Ricardo Montalban in an enjoyable comic role. But the second act became dull and dragged along with a lot of unnecessary scenes (The Sammy Davis, Jr. song, for example) and I lost interest. The musical numbers go on way too long, but there are a lot of great shots that show NYC in the 1960s and it ends with a positive message. A mixed experience.

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nordicleather
Nov 26, 2017

Disc was not in good conditgon. Didn't have time to clean & fart around with it.

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mswrite
Aug 02, 2017

One perceptive reviewer at the time of this film's release summed it up pretty well when he noted MacLaine's performance as splendid but complained that Bob Fosse directed with too much flash, "as though he didn't trust the material." Still, the musical numbers are sexy and memorable, MacLaine is touching and funny as the hapless title character Charity, and dancers Chita Rivera (the original Anita in the Broadway cast of "West Side Story") and Paula Kelly are solid support as Charity's street-smart best friends.

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Bookafterbook
Dec 17, 2014

Interesting because it is the first movie directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. While it has some interesting dance numbers, the plot is thin, and as in all of Fosse's work, somewhat autobiographical. An interesting read to accompany this is the book, All His Jazz. Also the movie All That Jazz, his movie autobiography. MacLaine is outstanding. Fosse was dead by the time the movie Chicago was filmed, likely the reason for its great success-based on his Broadway choreography.

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miaone
Nov 04, 2014

Shirley MacLaine gave it her all, but her all wasn't enough to rescue this fairly boring story.

d2013 Sep 27, 2013

Great performance by Shirley MacLaine. Great musical hits.

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rslade
Jun 25, 2012

Interesting to see how much of Fosse's style stayed consistently through "All That Jazz" and "Chicago." The movie style, overall, has a definite late-sixties feel, but the Fosse addition gives it a bit of spice. (Plot not all that interesting, though ...)

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