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Father Goose (Widescreen) [Import]

Cary Grant , Leslie Caron , Ralph Nelson    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Cary Grant's penultimate feature before retirement was this cheerful 1964 effort to overturn his career-long image of urbane sophistication. As the unshaven, messy misanthrope Walter Eckland, a World War II-era beach bum who monitors Japanese air activity for the Australian navy in exchange for booze, Grant makes a convincingly hard-bitten, hard-drinking antihero. Until, that is, a pretty French schoolmistress (Leslie Caron) and her seven little charges (all girls) survive a nearby plane crash and invade Eckland's raunchy isolation. Directed by 1960s hit-maker Ralph Nelson (The Lilies of the Field, Charly), Father Goose is a glossy comedy that also does justice to its more suspenseful scenes (a deadly snakebite suffered by Caron's character is especially memorable) and leaves plenty of room for Grant to indulge in some entertaining if atypical screen behavior. All in all, this is a minor treat in the actor's magnificent filmography. --Tom Keogh

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3.0 out of 5 stars father goose March 5 2014
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
C'est un bon film malheureusement le film est en anglais je l' ais demander en français merci quand même. denis
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I choose this movie because I had watched it many years ago on a B&W television set and wanted to see it again. Cary Grant and Leslie Caron and the children played their parts excellently and with style. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys WWII classics without the war-time violence, graphic detail and rough language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant at his best Dec 31 2013
By Nancy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Awesome movie - Cary and Leslie had real chemistry; school children were cute and fit their parts well. The boat scenes were a tad unrealistic, but if you ignore that - you've got a winner - comedy and drama together at it's best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars father goose Oct. 29 2013
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I first watched it with my dad and love it for sentimental reasons since he long ago past away but I feel he is near me when I Watch it. It is also a family movie which for me is quite important as I often have children from a few months to late teens in my house. Cary Grant and Leslie caron make a lovely team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fine comedy May 18 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Cary Grant and Leslie Caron make for an odd screen couple in the comedy FATHER GOOSE.
An indignant but lovable beachcomber is "drafted" by a Naval commander to watch a station on Matalava Island. Stranded, the beachcomber (Cary Grant) comes across a prim and proper school mistress (Leslie Caron) and her seven young charges, also marooned on the island.
Together, the pool their resources to help to Navy, as well as clashing and fighting!
The battle of the sexes has begun!
Directed by Ralph Nelson, also starring Trevor Howard.
Delightful comedy-adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars scruffy but handsome Sept. 20 2009
I am not of Mr.Grants era, but am very familiar with his movies, he was handsome and extremely comical somtimes alittle to perfect, which is why father goose really does it for me. I love this movie he is grumpy sexy and his comedy is superb. Teamed up with Trevor Howard another fantastic talent And the beautiful Leslie Caron,
These unlikely pairngs of talent bring laughter and warmth and romance in a way I have never seen before. My father introduce me to these kinds of pictures at an early age and of all of the movies he introduced me to 48 years later this is still and will always be my favorite, please and watch all of Cary's subtle gestures that only he cam make so hilarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant plays an unshaven outcast! June 29 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Director: Ralph Nelson
Format: Color
Studio: Republic Studios
Video Release Date: November 23, 1999
Cary Grant ... Walter Christopher Eckland/Mother Goose
Leslie Caron ... Catherine Louise Marie Ernestine Freneau
Trevor Howard ... Commander Frank Houghton RAN/Big Bad Wolf
Jack Good ... Lieutenant Stebbings RAN/Bo Peep
Sharyl Locke ... Jenny
Pip Sparke ... Anne
Verina Greenlaw ... Christine
Stephanie Berrington ... Elizabeth Anderson
Jennifer Berrington ... Harriet 'Harry' MacGregor
Laurelle Felsette ... Angelique
Nicole Felsette ... Dominique
Alex Finlayson ... Doctor Bigrave
Peter Forster ... Chaplain
Richard Lupino ... Radioman
John Napier ... Lt. Cartwright, USS Sailfin Executive Officer
Simon Scott ... Captain of Submarine, USS Sailfin
Don Spruance ... Navigator
Ken Swofford ... Helmsman, Submarine USS Sailfin
An unkempt, scruffy Cary Grant plays an American ex-patriate during WWII who is running from civilization, but is recruited into the coast watcher service against his will by Commander Frank Houghton (Trevor Howard)of the Royal Australian Navy with promises of whisky as a bribe. While on an island radioing aircraft and ship traffic, he is induced to take a teacher (Leslie Caron) and her girl charges into his custody. Japanese forces are a constant threat, as well as the danger of snakebite, for which Cary Grant maintains a supply of snakebite remedy. Of course, it is suspected that he also carries a supply of snakes for the same purpose.

This is one of the last movies that Grant made. Two years after it was made, he retired from the movie industry.

The usually dapper, suave Grant, was out of character in this part: unshaven, scruffy, and a drunkard. It was a refreshing part for him, and he played it superbly.

It is a thoroughly entertaining film.

Joseph (Joe) Pierre
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Father Goose is Cary Grant at his best! March 25 2004
"Father Goose" is a lot of fun and is arguably Cary Grant's funniest and finest film. Yes, he was great in "Charade", "North by Northwest", "Notorious", etc -- but here his honed skills and comedic timing pay off in this very funny film and makes it well worth seeing. You don't have to be a Cary Grant fan to enjoy this film -- but after seeing it, you will be.
"Father Goose" was nominated for Best Picture (Musical/Comedy) by the Golden Globe and won an Oscars for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen in 1965. The cast, production, direction, photography, story -- all are top notch.
The film looks terrific on DVD with an aspect ratio of 1.85. The South Pacific cinematography adds greatly to the visual impact of this film. There are brief bios and filmographies of the priniciples. That's all. No further extras. This film is 16x9 enhanced.
Highly recommended!
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