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Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Peter O'Toole , Petula Clark , Herbert Ross    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)


Robert Donat won an Oscar for his portrayal of the humble British don in the 1939 film Goodbye, Mr. Chips--and Peter O'Toole was nominated for his version of the role in this lackluster musical (he, along with Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight of Midnight Cowboy, lost to John Wayne in True Grit). O'Toole is affecting as the shy English schoolteacher at a private boys' school who is brought out of his shell by the love of a good woman, then goes on to become a teaching legend after her tragic death. But the idea of turning this touching tale into a musical (with totally forgettable songs by John Williams and Leslie Bricusse) was almost as wrong-headed as having O'Toole do his own singing--or as casting singer Petula Clark as his wife. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great film! June 2 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is the film which is filled with affection.
This is the film that I will never forget.
Everytime I watch this film, it leaves me with warm and gentle feelings.
I have a VHS and a vinyl record.
When will they make a DVD and a CD?
The acting, music, lyrics, cinematography, everything is great.
I was dumfounded to find out how badly the critics in USA treated this film.
It was a time for 'new cinema.'
It might have been considered nonsense or out of date for them to evaluate this kind of lovely film as a good film.
I saw this film in Japan in 1970.
The critics in Japan were sensible enough to choose this film to be one of year's best.
And I remember it was very successful at the box office in Japan.
Peter O'Toole is perfect in his role as always, you know.
Petula Clark utterly fascinates us with her voice and act.
I must say it deserves to be treated more fairly.
This is a must-see film for all generation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked ignored masterpiece. June 22 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Goodbye Mr Chips (1969) always has and always will be one of my all time favourite movies. I have directed three stage versions over the years with young actors based on Terrence Rattigan's brilliant, witty, theatrical script. I am always amazed the film was not well received in its initial release. When it was released in Australia in 1970, it was a smash hit, yet its failure in the States forced distributors to pull it out of theatres and slash 30 minutes out of it. There were so many various cut versions I have seen over the years. Thankfully it was released on VHS about fifteen years ago and was restored to its original length (well almost, the song "When I Was Younger" has always been cut from the film altho on the soundtrack). I despair it has never been released on DVD and only a shortened CD exists where it is doubled up with songs from the soundtrack of "The Boy Friend:"/. I feel sure if it was released on DVD it would find a whole new audience. I watched it again recently and was amazed at how fresh and charming it is, its one of those rare movies that never date. A movie desperately needing to be re-evaluated by critics again. Also, the music is wonderful, why do people criticise Bricusse. His style is so subtle, hummable? What does that mean> These are gentle, tender love songs with a couple of theatrical showstoppers....PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE someone get a full length CD (its pefect for Rhino to release) and DVD of this movie out very soon., O Toole and Petula Clarke were never better. My one criticism of the VHS is that it is a little misty (and I dont mean in the sequences that are supposed to have that effect) and not very sharp and clear. It needs to be srestored to its original 70MM brilliance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critics are worse that used car salesmen. Nov. 3 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie in the splender of 70mm and 6 channel stereo sound when it first came out. It's beautiful! Romantic! Honest! Heart warming! and wonderfully acted!What a wonderful love story of two oppsite people, a musical theatre actress and a boy's school head master. They meet and fall in love inspite of there differences. There love for each other is so beautiful and strong that you almost wish these people were real.I just hope that someone will transfer this wonderful movie to DVD and in it's Roadshow format. This would be a great movie for my collection and yours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick Flick You'll Love Too Sept. 10 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I loved this movie when I was young so much so that I bought it on Laser Disk. I now have a big projection digital widescreen TV and was hoping to get it again on DVD. That is when I saw the critic pan of the movie. Well I disagree. The music adds to the story and drama and was not intended to be memorable alone. The setting around World War II also adds more to the drama, than the original, which was set around World War I. It passes my test for a movie that I will always own, it has a line that I'll always remember. "You'll lose all that you hold dear." "All that I hold dear I am holding now." I know it sounds sappy but when you see it in the movie it hits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Touching! July 17 2003
Format:VHS Tape
As a fan of Petula Clark's, I was so happy to see this wonderful film released to video. I wasn't yet born when it was released to theatres (pity!) so I was blissfully unaware of the rabid response by critics back in 1969. The plot works, the acting works, and the songs definitely work too! (And who can forget the brilliant performance of Sian Phillips as Ursula Mossbank-- a glorious mixture of Auntie Mame and Tallulah Bankhead). A few years back, Turner Classic Movies showed this wonderful film in it's original uncut and widescreen glory. I promptly put my VHS tape into the machine and rerecorded this version over the video release version so I have been able to enjoy the film as it was originally intended to be seen. I also managed to grab a used copy of the soundtrack in mint condition on vinyl so I can listen to the brilliant score and wonderful songs whenever I want to. I also have a song that was cut from the film called 'Goodbye Mr. Chips' that was released on a wonderful compilation of Petula Clark's 1960's recordings. It is very heartwarming and should have remained in the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film classic! April 3 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark shine in this vastly underrated 1969 musical adaptation of James Hilton's classic novel. Beautifully directed by Herbert Ross, this film deserves to be restored to its 70MM / 6 track stereophonic glory and released in theaters and on widescreen DVD.
This is a heart-warming film for the entire family. Some would argue the acting isn't great, O'Toole can't sing and Robert Donat was better in the 1939 original. They miss the point. This film has a soul. It has grace, charm, warmth, music and is in a class of its own. I didn't expect to like this film and its songs -- but I do. Leslie Bricusse and John Williams won the Oscar for Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation) and picked up the Golden Globe as well. O'Toole was nominated for, but did not win, the Oscar that year. However he did win the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy and the NBR Best Actor Award for this film. And Petula Clark sings beautifully!
Please, whoever holds the film rights (MGM or Warner), give us O'Toole and Clark in this wonderful, heart-warming film, both on DVD and CD. Delightful film. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I hold dear, I'm holding now.
Arthur Chipping is a 40 something Latin master in an English public school circa 1924. He's respected, but not particularly liked. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Christopher Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Shame on Warnervideo
The film is fantastic ! Finaly Goodbye Mr. Chips on DVD...but why in English and Japanese languages ? Why not in French ? Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2009 by Clement Brillant
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great film!
This is the film which is filled with affection.
This is the film that I will never forget.
Everytime I watch this film, it leaves me with warm and gentle feelings. Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by Yukihiro Yamamoto
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this not on CD???
This has to be my favorite movie of Peter O'Toole's. John Williams' score is, as always, perfect. Petula Clark sings so beautifully and has wit to boot, and O'Toole brought tears... Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Chelsea Chilkiewicz
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a KEEPER
I have no idea who Marshall Fine is but his taste is not...fine that is....this is not only a pretty movie visually, but an old fashionned lovely love story that more viewers... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore The Critics!!!
I just purchased the tape of this film and watched it after not having seen it for several years. I love it as much today as I did when I saw it in the theater many years ago. Read more
Published on May 17 2003 by Renee
3.0 out of 5 stars Great drama, bad musical
This musical adaptation of James Hilton's novel about the romance between a boring schoolmaster and a west end actress (at least she is in this version) clearly aims at success. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2002 by David L Rattigan
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