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It's Sick and an Obvious Bomb...
I saw this once and it was enough. No mystery why it bombed Back in the Day. Word of this stinker got around pretty quickly.
- Elaine Williams
I loved this movie then and even more so now. The average movie-goer in 1981 wanted the Wild & Crazy SNL guy. I thought Steve Martin was terrific playing this dark but hapless character. Everyone was wonderful. I am so impressed by Martin's dancing! I love all the huge tap productions and magnificent costuming and set designs. A visual wonderland - for me anyway.
GETS BETTER EVERY TIME I WATCH
- william gauslow
The dance scene at the diner in the rain. Walken's solo. Steve Martins and Bernadettes performances. Along with several Buzby specials. This movie might have been released later in more sophisticated time.
Why in the world was it so necessary to deface and totally ruin a potentially great film with cursing and constantly taking the Lord's name in vain? You never see that kind of trash talk in any of the films set during the depression. So even doing it for the sake of "reality" is not an excuse. You lose me as a viewer with any and every one of that type of film. Please, TCM, don't make this a habit. It will be a mistake.
I love this movie. Bernadette Peters is so charming, dancing, teasing and a bad girl ('You're not a tease? are you? Because I'll cut your face...' Walken says to her). Walken is his fantastic self and always one of the best actors out there. Martin took dancing lessons for months to pull his act off, and he does excellent here! A great film. The shot of the two of them in the soda shop is from a famous painting by Edward Hopper...
Pennies from Heaven
The film is really touching but Christopher Walken's bar-top dance is what I look forward to the most.
One of the best!
This is such an under-rated movie. Pauline Kael was one of the few critics who appreciated its creativity and weirdness. I hope it's the full version, and not the one that is available on VCR (and maybe DVD). What they cut out of the full movie was a great tango by Christopher Walken and Bernadette Peters, in the same scene with his fabulous tap dance on the bar. There may be other snips as well, but this is the one that really bugged me.
This is one of my all-time favorite movies, I'm so glad to see it on the schedule so I can record it. I've always thought of Pennies as a musical noir, if that makes any sense. The cinematography is so evocative of depression period movies, as is the stylized acting and production numbers. Real life is depressing as hell sometimes, as is poor Arthur's "real" life. But his fantasy life is so alive and amazing! I can't wait to see this gem again.
Pennies from heaven
Definitely worth seeing for one of Steve Martin's best performances and especially for Christopher Walken's completely unexpected and hysterical tap-dance routine.A great musical drama.
Risky, Original, Recommended
- Barry Phillips
A personal favorite, highly recommended, disturbingly adult dramatic musical. Using an extremely risky concept of lip-syncing to vintage recording to fit/expound on the inner mood of the characters/situations this film does not always succeed. But the times when the attention to detail, color hue, sincerity of the acting, and precision of the dancing (especially Walken!) do work are frequent, and fill one with a kind of dizzy jubilation. See this.