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Major problems but the music is delightful
Nearly fifty years later, people are still divided on Coppolla's early effort of "Finian's Rainbow." The story is very cute and I think the music is solid with several memorable tunes. Still, a couple of the cast choices are odd (if not annoying) and the movie bogs down on the racial elements, which I think are secondary to the plot of an Irish family planting a stolen pot of gold in Kentucky. As a result, it meanders and has odd continuity issues between studio and on-site shooting. Like the Broadway version a few years ago, the show can succeed and so could this film in the hands of a more skilled storyteller/director. Still, its fun to watch Astair and hum the music!
An Adult Musical Mish-Mash
- Elizabeth H
I do remember trying to watch this when I was in the 11th grade. I believe it had been playing at a drive-in movie....not a date, just a friend. It had been the longest night of my life. I hated it and refused to ever see it again! Until now......... I believe it is way too long. There is alot of racial connotations. Nobody would ever be able to get away with it now. I found it enjoyable and quite creative. I love Fred Astaire and no matter how poor they made him look, he still beamed with class. God love Petula Clark! She was a classy lady and I had no clue of her stage and movie career. She was a class act, having the voice of an angel. As a midwesterner, I could relate to one of the many plot segments....we all have to remember this was during the high racial tensions in America. Leave it to Hollywood to capitalize on it! I happen to like the one plot to change a white man into a black man.....so he could view the world from another man's eyes. Lots of hard work, creatively speaking...perhaps a drug induced took coma for the fine diirector??? And what happened to alot of the actors?
See Fred Astaire dance again!
- Maureen v.V.
Good musical songs. Fred Astaire,Tommy Steele,Petula Clark and Don Francks are good actors. Story is too long and it gets boring at times. There is NO LOVE between Petula Clark and Don Francks. No emotion at all. Movie is worth watching just to see Fred Astaire dance again.
This production does not deserve the bad ratings it has been given. It is an adult musical American comedy fairytale with a human size leprechaun - and a moral. Fred Astaire plays an Irishman in possession of a fluorescent pot-o-gold, and Tommy Steele is the leprechaun who is assigned to get it back to Ireland. The beautiful Petula Clark is Astaire's daughter with the voice of an Irish sunbeam who becomes accused of being a witch. Keenan Wynn is a bigot white that is turned black as the result of three wishes granted by the pot-o-gold. And the mentholated tobacco will burn but not smoke. Of course it is silly. It is a well done spoof that keeps a continuous flow of chuckles and a permanent smile on the face of the viewer, and it ranks as one of this viewer's favorites. It is saturated with outstanding photography and choreography. It is brilliantly colorful and filled with lively music and dancing. How does one describe a production 'so grandish' as this? It is the 'beginnish of the finish' of the leprechaun as an elf. The leprechaun thinks it is 'inhuman to be human'
Finian's Rainbow (1968)
- James Higgins
This musical borders on obnoxious, and Francis Ford Coppola's direction is dreadful. From what I had read from what I looked up was that he was over his head and that director should have been someone with musical experience, and I agree. Fred Astaire overacts way too much, but Petula Clark is rather delightful. The supporting cast is bland. The production is gaudy and overblown, it is way way too long. There are a few catchy songs, but there are some really bad ones too.
Beautifully sung film version of stage musical
Faithful screen version of the Broadway musical. Fred Astaire is perfect as Finian. Here his character gets to sing and dance more so than the role allowed on stage. Petula Clark and Don Francks have beautiful voices to sing the charming Burton Lane score which includes Look to the Rainbowand Old Devil Moon. Keenan Wynn supplies the comedy. Francis Ford Coppolas direction is breezy and bright and the film doesnt have the over produced feeling of many other 60s musicals. Tommy Steele over does it at times and the film is pure fantasy but highly entertaining.
No Blarney--ya gotta give this a Kiss!
Charming comedy/musical with several delightful subplots (rich vs poor, boy vs girl, Old South traditions vs prejudice, dreamers & schemers, fairies vs mortals). Combines Black History Month with St. Patrick's Day mischief and a superb cast with marvelous songs, dance and humor. Fred Astaire still great as ever.