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  • Actors: Tommy Steele, Julia Foster, Cyril Ritchard, Penelope Horner, Elaine Taylor
  • Directors: George Sidney
  • Writers: Beverley Cross, Dorothy Kingsley, H.G. Wells
  • Producers: George Sidney, Charles H. Schneer, John Dark
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • 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: NR
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: April 6 2004
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AW070
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,809 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Hart on May 26 2004
Format: DVD
I resent the Amazon reviewer's caustic remarks about the movie, Richard and Steele. This movie was a true delight from beginning to end. The dancing was glorious and lots of it. The songs by this time were old friends. Incidentally, I've heard the cast recordings of the London, Bway and movie versions. A few songs were the same in all 3, others came and went, which I thought was odd. Tommy Steele (35 years ago, can you believe it!) was wonderful as was everyone, it was a little long (2 hours and 25 minutes), but it was always fun and exciting. I loved it. Incidentally, the villains were just nasty enough to get their point across, nothing to enrage you, and their comeuppance was also just right, not some scathing triumph. I found the whole thing a pleasure, just as I did 35 years ago.
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By A Customer on May 10 2004
Format: DVD
When I was a bit of a wee lad I traveled back and forth across the ocean on the HMS Orianna from the U.S. to Great Britain. On both voyages I visited the on-board movie theater and enjoyed the same movie twice, the only movie they showed. Made sense, British liner, british popular film of the time. On both trips I was the only one sitting in the dark theater. "Half a Sixpence" - thanks to today's modern everything we can re-live so much of what we did back then, and have these toys bring our sweet memories back to life. But for the life of me, I couldn't remember anything, short of a couple of song lyrics, about the movie. Now that I've seen the DVD I understand why. What an empty bit of fluff. Cute songs, pretty scenary. But what was the message? What was the story? Part socialism (perhaps they thought edgy communism at the time - those wild sixties people) / part religious morality / all very confusing - I'm still not sure of the point. Are we meant to be happy being poor, but, money is ultimately ok to have? And, looking into the face of what is clearly a 'common girl' at the end and saying 'You're lovely" - is that the social statement? The subtle hidden message? But then, the final consumation, they barely kiss during the entire movie but at the end Tommy and his young bride actually rub noses, longer and harder than any other romantic display. Was that a message? Fortunately while on board I did meet a romantic interest, Allison. Ah, now that's a memory. And purchasing this DVD had me remember much, all very sweet. And isn't that part of the reason we grow nostalgic?
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Contrary to what another reviewer has said, Half a Sixpence was a throughly delightful show on stage, at least on Broadway, thanks to a great performance by Tommy Steele, a charming cast, and wonderful choreography by Onna White who went on to do the choreography for the film version of Oliver! The movie version of Sixpence didn't quite have all the charm of the show, but it does have Steele, who gives his all, a touching performance by Julia Foster as Anne, and Grover Dale from the Broadway cast (who would also appear in the Demy film musical The Young Girls of Rochefort. The production values are pleasing to the eye. I'd say one of the flaws of the movie is the unimaginative choroeography by Gillian Lynne (who eventually worked on Cats)--I'm not sure why White wasn't available. The movie includes most of the score of the show, but it cuts one of the show's best songs, Long Ago--it's sung briefly by a chorus at the beginning and is also used as background music but it was an important number in the show because it reaffirmed the love of Kipps and Anne. Having said all this, Half a Sixpence is worth owning because it is an example of lavish filmmaking we don't get to see much anymore. And it's a good musical that for some reason isn't performed very much, at least in the US. I just wish they would have done an interview with Steele about being in the musical. I believe this movie did much better in England than in the US when it was originally released.
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By A Customer on April 7 2004
Format: DVD
British entertainer Tommy Steele appeared in three big-budget, reserved seat musicals within a year's time - 1967-1968, and then never made another musical film again. While Steele is one of the only assets in Disney's interminable "The Happiest Millionaire", he was much more well utilized in "Finian's Rainbow" as Og the Leprechaun. But his biggest starring role was in the film that came between those two - the gigantic film version of the stage musical "Half a Sixpence". Directed by George Sidney, the film massively realizes what had been a fairly middle-weight, mediocre stage show. Until this DVD release, the film has never been available on home video in its original Panavision aspect ration, with four track stereo surround. And what a difference this transfer makes from the cropped, grainy VHS tape of the film! Splendidly designed, beautifully shot, elegantly scored, and using both studio sets and sweeping location footage, the film is at least as big as "Hello, Dolly!". And that's pretty big for the movie screen. Stuffed with huge production numbers, long takes during the dance sequences, and a terrifically souped-up musical score (thanks to Irwin Kostal), this is truly one of the most dazzling, spectacular movies of its era. The DVD has no extras, but the transfer is quite wonderful to see, and it is indeed the full roadshow version, with intermission and entr'acte music included. What a wonderful treat to see this old-fashioned, razzle-dazzle picture presented in its full glory. Show this to someone under the age of 30, who has no idea how entertaining those big musicals of the '60s really were. Smashing, tuneful, and as the ads proclaimed "The biggest bloomin' musical of the year!"
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