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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 HortonSee all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
Ringing with the showbiz success of its Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim score the film version of the Broadway hit “GYPSY” takes you on a grand vaudeville tour. It sweeps you up in the roller-coaster relationship of Louise [Natalie Wood] the wallflower later to blossom into sophisticated stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her ambitious mother Rose [Rosalind Russell] who's performance won her a fifth Best Actress Golden Globe® Awards. Karl Malden scores as Herbie the salesman who falls for Rose, to his exasperation. Full of terrific classic songs, such as "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Small World" among them. ‘GYPSY’ will certainly entertain you and definitely make you smile.
FILM FACT: The film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards® which were: Harry Stradling for Best Cinematography (Color). Orry-Kelly for Best Costume Design (Color). Frank Perkins for Best Music Adaptation or Treatment. Rosalind Russell won the Golden Globe® Awards for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.Read more ›
Rosalind Russell is a force to be reckoned with as the brash, indomitable Rose. She sings many memorable songs and runs the gamut from slapstick humor to heartbreaking tragedy. Karl Malden is wonderfully sympathetic as Herbie, the man who loved Rose. Natalie Wood is lovely as the adult Louise who, as Gypsy Rose Lee, enjoyed a career as a famous stripper and acted in some movies.
The sets are often stagy but there are terrific performances and spirited, singable songs. It's raucous and glamorous; highly recommended.
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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 on May 16 2013 by G. dempster
loved this movie..the strs were great, music great..acting and script not so much..but i sure enjoyed it. worth having in our collectionPublished on Sept. 14 2011 by george
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
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 morePublished on Aug. 7 2009 by Anne Galt
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 morePublished on Sept. 25 2003 by Miss Mazeppa
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. Read morePublished on July 21 2003 by Lisa Siegel
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