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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Oct 20, 2019

VERY GOOD 1969 Bob Fosse directed film starring Shirley MacLaine with lots of great Fosse dance cuts/choreography. Just learned that the earlier 1966 stage production directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse was based on Federico Fellini's 1957 film 'Nights of Cabiria' (Le notti di Cabiria). The 1969 film was quite engaging, but I did find the ending a bit disappointing - guess I (for whatever reason) wanted a 'happy ending', not a, um, hopeful one. It WAS interesting to see the alternate ending included on the DVD which was less sad, but the producers decided to go along with Fosse's original ending.

JCLHeatherM Jul 29, 2019

Charity Hope Valentine is looking for love in all the wrong places, until love happens to find her.

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.

Nov 26, 2017

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

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.

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.

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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