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Gypsy (Widescreen)

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Widely considered, top to bottom, one of the finest musicals in Broadway history, Gypsy got lucky in its film version. Granted, Rosalind Russell doesn't have the bell-ringing voice one craves for in "Everything's Coming Up Roses," but as a domineering stage mom, she's truly fearsome. Trouping through vaudeville with her is her daughter, the future celebrity stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, played by Natalie Wood in all her youthful lusciousness. The production is studio-bound, but this actually fits the unreal show-biz world depicted. The Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim score has no weak spots, and some of the burlesque numbers ("Let Me Entertain You" and the riotous "You Gotta Get a Gimmick") are so authentic, you'd swear they were at least 100 years old. Gypsy is one of those big, somewhat stately musicals that does satisfying credit to its stage origins; no cinematic ground-breaking here, but a swell way to spend a rainy afternoon. --Robert Horton

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3.0 out of 5 stars Gypsy -- A Disappointing Pleasure Sept. 17 2003
By A Customer
As a longtime fan of the musical "Gypsy", inspired by the memoirs of the infamous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, I was ecstatic to come across a copy of the 1962 movie version on DVD. Though the acting was superb and charming, the one of the key words in a movie-musical is "musical", which this movie certainly wasn't.
First off: hats off to Rosalind Russell, an excellent Mama Rose. Miss Russell portrays Rose as the ruthless but lovable dominating stage mother that she is. She gives an marvelous performance as Rose. Though there is controversy on whether her vocals were dubbed by another performer (a rumor which Russell vehemently denied until her death), who really cares? Even if it isn't her singing, you can clearly see her put in emotion into whatever song she is belting(or lip-synching).
Karl Malden, as the bumbling Herbie, Rose's boyfriend and manager for her two daughters, Louise and June, gives his all. He is extremely believable in his role, as well as comfortable. Though unfortunately most of his singing scenes were cut for the final movie, they can still be seen in two additional bonus tracks that were cut from the final product. His talents as a vocalist are clearly displayed, along with his happy-go-lucky stage presence.
The last true musical charmer in this movie is that of the character of Tulsa, who gave a charming and whimsical performance in the song and dance splendor of "All I Need Is The Girl". I became a true fan of this number after seeing him flit across the screen.
Though these few people bring a great musical quality to this movie, not much can be said for the others in it. Natalie Wood, who plays Louise, the awkward teenager who ends up becoming the stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, definitely made her evolution believable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything's Coming Up Rose! July 21 2003
I loved this version of "Gypsy." I was a part of a school production of the musical, so I decided to see what the movie version was like. There are several differences, but this movie has the same flare that the stage production does. The DVD has the two songs that are missing from the movie (they are located in the bonus features area) which I enjoyed very much. I only wish that they had been in the movie in the first place!
Rosalind Russell is WONDERFUL as Rose, a mother who wants to make her children, mainly her youngest, June, a star. She travels, along with her other daughter Louise (played by the wonderful Natalie Wood) and Herbie (Carl Malden). All three characters gave great performances. I always get a lump in the back of my throat when Herbie leaves Rose after she refuses to set a date for their marriage and tries to make Louise the star.
After Louise discovers that she is very successful in her new profession--stripping, she changes her name to Gypsy Rose Lee and leaves her mother behind. Rose then goes on to sing the greatest song of the movie, 'Rose's Turn.' Rosalind Russell does a great job with the song, even if her voice is a little scratchy. Her acting was superb. I have always loved the ending (which I will not give away for those who have yet to see the movie). If you're a musical fan, rent this movie. You will not be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rosalind is amazing July 18 2003
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I thought I wouldn't see Rosalind Russell in a better role than in His Girl Friday. But then I saw Gypsy, and was once again blown away by her talent. She plays a mother that is simply obsessed with being a mother--and stayin' in show biz. Russell won a Golden Globe for Best Actress as Rose in this film.
Natalie Wood plays Russell's daughter, Louise. Poor Louise has always been overshadowed by her "famous" sister, June. But once June gets fed up with doing the same baby performance every year on Vaudeville, she decides to run away.
Heartbroken, Rose tries to turn Louise into a star. The result? Louise becomes a stripper named Gypsy Rose Lee. The catch? She never actually strips (how could they get away with that in a 1962 movie?).
Karl Malden is also in the film, playing Herbie, who falls in love with Rose--only to regret it later.
My favorite song in this movie is "Rose's Turn"--sung obviously by Rose. Russell has such power, and it is such a moving piece. Other great songs are "You'll Never Get Away From Me," "Small World," and the movie's theme, "I Had A Dream."
This movie is an amazing classic that all should see!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MOTHER'S COURAGE .........? Dec 16 2002
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Or, is it 'Mother Courage'? This highly sanitized version of 'struggles on the road' with two kids in tow and lord knows what else on the way - BASED on fact - kinda defies the Brecht epic, but ANYHOO . . . ., Miss Russell is Brilliant in this SPECTACULAR DVD Presentation - pristine print, fabulous color balance, perfect, YES, perfect sound! Ye Gods, you're there on stage, err set with the glorious ladies intact!
ORRY-KELLY's designs were never more awesome [and period perfect] superb color choices, and youngster, look carefully at the Art Direction [just check out how carefully the colors are chosen - to pull the viewer's focus directly to the Star]
And Natalie Wood? Beautiful cygnet to swan transformation - a part so slose to home! Check out THAT mother daughter scene in the dressing-room - acting?
Karl Malden as the long-suffering Uncle Jocko - Anne Jillian as the Young Baby June, the fleet footed Tulsa? Brilliant!
Great companion to Miss Russell's other Triumph - "Auntie Mame" [also costumed by Orry-Kelly]; AND Miss Wood? Double this with "Inside Daisy Clover"; AND "This Property is Condemned" [more manic mothers.....].
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice true life-story.
Some remembering to my very old life-happenings.
Really good actors I like in sympathetic films.
I recommending this film for good stories liking people.
Published 3 months ago by J.G. Kiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Momma rose
Rosalind Russell did a great acting job in his very good version of the fabulous gypsy! Natalie woods performance left something to be desired.
Published 16 months ago by G. dempster
5.0 out of 5 stars what gal
loved this movie..the strs were great, music great..acting and script not so much..but i sure enjoyed it. worth having in our collection
Published on Sept. 14 2011 by george
4.0 out of 5 stars Gypsy
Though I prefer the Broadway cast, I must admit the film cast is good as well. Gypsy is entertaining and has a good mix of songs.
Published on Jan. 1 2010 by cherry251
5.0 out of 5 stars Curtain up! Light the lights!
Rosalind Russell stars as Rose Hovik, the ferocious stage mother of two daughters in the age of vaudeville. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2009 by Kona
5.0 out of 5 stars Gypsy
I had been told by various video stores that this title wasn't available and yet I got it the next day from Amazon. It was as terrific as the first time I saw it, many moons ago. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2009 by Anne Galt
5.0 out of 5 stars You gotta get "Gypsy" if you wanna get ahead!
Buy this wonderful DVD issue of the 1962 "Gypsy" NOW! Fantastic color, film quality, sound...it's like seeing it for the first time. Wonderful stars and music. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2003 by Miss Mazeppa
4.0 out of 5 stars Not enough Natalie!
I thought overall the film Gypsy was very good and entertaining (hence the four stars). However, I didn't feel it was a five star film because of the fact that Natalie Wood, one of... Read more
Published on July 10 2003 by Carrie Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Have an eggroll.
I also love this version of the musical. Yes, Ethel Merman essayed it on Broadway, but loud and brassy does not always make a better perfomance; on the small screen she may have... Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2002 by Chris Aldridge
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