The Band Wagon (1953)

The Band Wagon
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Director: Vincente Minnelli
Actors: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, James Mitchell, Nanette Fabray, Robert Gist, Oscar Levant, Jack Buchanan

A washed-up movie star tries his luck on a faltering Broadway show and manages to turn it into a smash hit. Features a score of Schwartz-Dietz songs like 'Dancing In The Dark', 'Louisianna Hayride' and 'That's Entertainment'. Music by Adolph Deutsch. Songs by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz.

DVD
Status: Unavailable
Run time: 111mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
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Member Reviews (7)

Arthur S.
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Weird casting of oddballs. Some bizarre songs. Mix and match set-design (some really great). A thread of absurdity lining an otherwise corny plot with some cringeworthy moments. Some relatively mesmerizing dancing, some less interesting.
Posted Wednesday, 6 January 2010 See my other reviews
Bryan P.
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Great tunes and dancing - well worth a look
Posted Thursday, 27 December 2007 See my other reviews
Tony
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One of THE great musicals from one of the world's most elegant periods. The fifties was a time of simple but beautiful styles for women - modern stars take note. This film has everything, great music, great photography and a strong, romantic story line. An excellent cast provide superb entertainment. Cleverly paced, the film just gets better and better concluding with the brilliantly choreographed jazz/ private eye ballet. And, unlike modern soundtracks, you can hear every spoken word and lyric. And as if this is not enough there's Cyd Charise - enough said.
Posted Wednesday, 15 August 2007 See my other reviews
Matt T.
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Astaire very tongue in cheek in this celebration of old show tunes. Great dance sequences. Well worth viewing.
Posted Tuesday, 31 July 2007 See my other reviews
Amanda B.
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If you like Fred Astaire and old fashioned musicals this is a good one, check out Cyd Cherise's extra long legs!
Posted Thursday, 5 July 2007 See my other reviews
Derek
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It's rather slow in getting started but once you are into it, this movie is a delight to watch. The Technicolor restoration is gorgeous. It is interesting to see Fred Astaire update his dancing from his 1940s style to this more jazz influenced style in the 1950s. The commentary soundtrack (in Features) is interesting although Liza Minelli is rather gushing. However you will find out how they did the Triplets number and that Cyd Charisse's voice was dubbed by India Stephens.
Posted Monday, 11 June 2007 See my other reviews
Bauhaus
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When I first watched this movie, I felt quite disappointed. It seemed to be filled with second-rate songs and that particularly dopey dancing that was all the rage on the 1950's TV variety shows. But after a while, I found myself humming the tunes, and thinking that maybe the dancing wasn't quite so dopey after all. So I watched it again, and decided it could stay.
Posted Sunday, 4 June 2006 See my other reviews