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Finians Rainbow


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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: E.Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy
  • Producers: Joel Freeman, Joseph Landon
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: March 15 2005
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007939M0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,878 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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By Movieman, Montreal TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 15 2014
Format: DVD
I saw this in the theatre with a parent when I was a youngster and enjoyed it very much. Picking up the DVD is certainly a pleasant trip back in time for me. Great picture quality and interesting extras are featured on the disc.
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Format: DVD
My mother saw this movie in the theatre and has the original soundtrack on record, so it seemed a great gift idea to buy her this movie years back on VHS. But they CUT parts of the movie out! The song "Necessity", which is on the record, is missing from the VHS tape and apparently many of Fred Astaire's dancing scenes have been shortened or removed, apparently at the insistence of Mr. Astaire's family. Or at least that was the reason given at the time. (Apparently at a Gala for Ginger Rogers they were unable to show any of her dance scenes with Fred Astaire without paying a large sum of money.) It's sad that only people who saw the original in theatres have seen the complete movie.
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By mrsLG on April 17 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Despite formal reviews, I find this movie light, fun and entertaining. It's one of my favorite musicals. If you are a musical fan at all and have not seen this one.... "it's a Buyer!"
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Format: VHS Tape
Although the story is very complicated, I will try to tell it the best I can. Two Irish immigrants move to a backwoods town of bizarros, in order to bury some stolen gold. The guy who the gold was stolen from, (in this case a leprechaun), has tailed them to the backwoods to take it back. Between songs and dances like 'Woody's Here' and 'How Are Things In Glocka Morra' the town battles against the intense, ramshackle house-living Senator, played by Keenan Wynn. This is quite bizzare for the usual light-hearted, song-and-dance musical, but I really wouldn't expect anything else to come out of the late 1960's. If you are interested in a queer, sly movie, get this. But you won't really go for this if you are a fan of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.
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Format: VHS Tape
Finnian's Rainbow," is a truly enchanting and magical film. It involves romance comedy and a leprecaun with a pot of gold. Fred Astaire is wonderful in it. So is all the other cast. It's a must see for the entire family. Tommy Steele is great as the lebracaun. Petula Clark has such a beautiful voice and she is so very pretty.
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Format: VHS Tape
Finnian's Rainbow," is a truly enchanting and magical film. It involves romance comedy and a leprecaun with a pot of gold. Fred Astair eis ownderful in it. So is all the other cast. It's amust see for the entire family.
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Format: VHS Tape
People seem to either love or hate this movie. And that's understandable. On the one hand we have beautiful cinematography, and some truly classic songs sung and danced by top talent. I LOVE the title song Look to the Rainbow. But then on the other we have a director who can't seem to make up his mind whether he wants to film this movie in the great outdoors (get a load of those huge musical numbers featuring enough people to have a convention), or indoors (in sets that feel like they were swiped from Camelot or Brigadoon). On the one hand we have some great actors Fred Astaire, Tommy Steele, and Petula Clark (I think I'm in love). And let's not forget the at times hilarious dialog ("It's an angel! An Irish angel.)
But what really makes this a great movie is the way everyone involved put all their heart and soul into their role. That and the glorious use of widescreen and color (why this movie isn't out on dvd I will never know).
But again, the switching back and forth from studio set to outdoor helicopter shot feels...strange. And one or two of the musical numbers and do seem to drag (just a bit). And man, the plot of this movie sure is out there (burying gold stole from faery-land near Fort Knox as an experiment?) Some of the characters are a little hard to strange as well (a lovely mute girl who talks by dancing and a Leprechaun who finds himself turning into a human?). But if you can get over the low points (or perhaps just unusual points) and just embrace it for what it is (and especially if you love musicals), I think you'll find Finian's Rainbow to be worthy purchase. Now if only they would just release it widescreen on DVD...
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Opening on Broadway in 1947 with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg (who wrote the lyrics for 1939's THE WIZARD OF OZ), FINIAN'S RAINBOW was an unexpected smash that generated one pop classic after another--"How Are Things In Glocca Morra?," "Old Devil Moon," and "Look To The Rainbow" to name but three. But when talk turned to a film version, not a single studio in Hollywood would touch it: although the story was fantasy, it was also extremely satirical, contained elements that had a decidedly socialist edge, and made one of the most wickedly funny statements on racism seen up to that time. With Hollywood operating under the production code and the nation drifting into the communist paranoia of the 1950s, the whole thing was impossibly hot. And so FINIAN'S RAINBOW remained off the screen for over twenty years... until 1968, when a sudden splash of popular screen musicals prompted Warner Brothers to bankroll it.
The plot is deliberately ridiculous, and finds Irishman Finian McLonergan (Fred Astaire) and his long suffering daughter Sharon in Tennessee, where Finian plans to bury a crock of gold stolen from a leprechan (Tommy Steele) on the theory that the land around Fort Knox will make the gold grow. But things take an unexpected turn when they arrive in Rainbow Valley, where they encounter a commune-like community of black and white tobacco sharecroppers who are doing battle with a viciously bigoted Senator (Keenan Wynn.) And when daughter Sharon is outraged by the Senator's racism and happens to be standing by the hidden crock of gold--she accidentally "wishes" the Senator black!
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