5.0 out of 5 stars Despite other reviews. A great movie!
A funny musical taken place during the good rush in California. Clint Eastwood has one blah song but you can look past that. In my opinion a classic you should own,
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Musical of All Times
This is a perfect example of what went wrong with movie making in the late 1960's. Old Hollywood (cast of thousands, musicals, Technicolor, entertainment on a grand scale) vs. New Hollywood (independent productions, films with a message, up and coming directors and actors who rejected the studio system). The big studios were selling off their assets, being acquired by...
Published on May 25 2001 by Joseph Cesare
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Fun,
This review is from: Paint Your Wagon (Widescreen) (DVD)Wow, how can you not love Clint Eastwood's singing? This movie is fun and hilarious. A little action and a lot of laughter. The characters are witty and the plot is creative. I would recomend this movie to anyone, unless you don't agree with drinking, smoking and gambling. Just watch the movie and enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Lee Marvin,
This review is from: Paint Your Wagon (Widescreen) (DVD)This is the Lee Marvin I love and wish I could have met. I love him in Gorky Park as well, but to a lesser extent.
The movie has some flaws, like Jean Seberg, the unbelievably corny man who sings "They Call the Wind Maria" in an operatic voice, the ending isn't too satisfying either - but everything else is fantastic.
The musical score is great. I heard (can't swear to it) that it's from the same composer who wrote the score for "My Fair Lady". Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin are no professional singers, but I can't imagine anyone else but Eastwood singing "Gold Fever", or anyone but Marvin singing "I Was Born Under a Wondering Star", two personal favourites of mine.
You can't miss the hypocritical Parson, the wonderful No Name City where the story unfolds, the deeply religious boy who is "corrupted" by Marvin, his friendship with Eastwood's character, the wittiness and humour of the dialogues...It's all as good as it gets.
And, like Mary Poppins (another musical), it's a movie with a deeply subversive and irreverent underlying message, only "Mary..." was more about challenging authority and thinking for yourself, no matter what your age is - while this movie is more in the lines of challenging society's moral rules about relationships and marriage, and about how there can be deep tenderness between straight men. Now that homophobia is luckily not the norm anymore and same sex love can be depicted on film, just making a movie where there is so much, and so touching a friendship between two men, is almost bizarrely original and fresh.
4.0 out of 5 stars An Old Favorite That looks Great On DVD!,
This review is from: Paint Your Wagon (Widescreen) (DVD)Ok, I've heard all of the criticism of this film, and I agree with some of it. It's overdone in places, and lacking in others, but overall, it's still a great story at its' heart,... and where else can you hear both Tough Guys Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood sing???? The story does fall apart toward the end, though, I do agree.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as a 'family' movie for kids,...It does have 'Adult' themes of Prostitution, Drunkeness,etc. I'd rate it PG-13, I think.
I have heard from various sources, including both Eastwood and Marvin's Biographies on the A&E Channel that the production was troubled from the start, and was a mess to film. Eastwood says that it's one of his LEAST favorite films because of the on-set difficulties with Marvin, & the Director, Josh Logan, and the location shooting.
Overall, the movie holds up as a great musical Western, and I have fond memories of seeing the film when it first came out in 1969, when I was 5 years old and I played the Soundtrack Record Album over and over as a kid.
Give 'Paint Your Wagon' a chance, even if you're not a fan of musicals! It's a good time Whoop-Ti-Yi Shivaree!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!!,
This review is from: Paint Your Wagon (Widescreen) (DVD)This movie is a lot of frolicking fun, and was one of the most expensive musicals made in the 1960s. The characters are all "characters", especially Lee Marvin's. The music is dated but, good; and like a musical is supposed to do, keeps the story moving.
4.0 out of 5 stars Oscar Nomination For Best Adapted Music Score,
This review is from: Paint Your Wagon (VHS Tape)PAINT YOUR WAGON is a movie about two nineteenth century California gold prospectors in a town where there is a shortage of respectable women. This sad situation forces Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood into an awkward sharing arrangement with Jean Seberg.
The most memorable scene in the film by far is the marriage ceremony of Marvin and Seberg.A strong supporting cast includes Harve Presnell, Ray Walston and John Mitchum.
The movie was an adaptation of a Lerner-Loewe Broadway musical and it received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Music Score. The actors did their own singing which was surprisingly pleasant. The main competition for Oscars in 1969 came from MIDNIGHT COWBOY, TRUE GRIT and THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good - not excellent,
This review is from: Paint Your Wagon (VHS Tape)This was one of the best musical comedies I have ever seen in my life. That's not that great to say though, considering I have only seen one. Clint Eastwood did pretty good, Lee Marvin did okay, and Jean Seberg was good for a beginner.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rip-Roarin' Good Time,
This review is from: Paint Your Wagon (Widescreen) (DVD)I first saw this movie in 1970 on the recommendation of a friend. When my date and I (I was 19 then)were already in the theatre, only then did I learn that it was a (ugh!)musical! Boy, was I going to have to struggle to get through that evening! But by the end of the movie I was absolutely mesmerized! This movie now holds my all-time record for attendance, as I saw it no less than 7 times in the movie theatre and countless times on video. The music is great (although Clint Eastwood singing is probably a little "light") and the songs are very well suited to the plot. This is a great movie for guys who like "women and whisky, night and day." Not to mention gambling, rough and rumble, the great outdoors and, of course, not bathing. But women find this movie just as fun-filled as do the men. The great thing about the DVD is that it is far superior to the VHS version which clipped out the sides of the widescreen. Buy it, watch it and love it! You can't go wrong with this one!
5.0 out of 5 stars Paint Your Wagon,
This review is from: Paint Your Wagon (Widescreen) (DVD)This movie kicks some serious bum - I mean, Clint Eastwood singing, what more must I say? This is an incredible Western with a great storyline and gorgeous music. If you haven't seen it, you MUST. It rocks.
5.0 out of 5 stars Have yourself a time....,
This review is from: Paint Your Wagon (Widescreen) (DVD)When I was 7 years old my Grandmother took my cousin and I to see this picture because our parents had already seen the movie and bought the soundtrack and we already knew all the songs. Our Mom's and Dad's raved about it to their friends while they thought we were asleep. We had talked Little Granny (as we called her) into taking us. She was a fine upstanding community leader; and she was absolutely mortified when she saw this film.
She kept saying that she hoped no one in the theater recognized her...THEY DID!!! But my cousin and I loved it. It was rowdy and funny and lyrical and turned us both into Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood fans for life.
Now, if you live in the Bible Belt, as we do and you go to church regularly, as we have all our lives, you will find the whole thing unsuitable for young children. For years I would tell my friends that "Paint Your Wagon" is my family's only vice. We can't help ourselves...We, as a family still watch it and enjoy every frame of this picture. We laugh and sing along with the songs and my dad still sings "I was born under a wanderin' star" when he's driving.
I measure all comedies by this one movie. My husband had never heard of "Paint Your Wagon" until he met me...It's his favorite movie, now. I have shown it to anyone who'll watch it. I might also add that this is the movie that got me interested in American History (I was a history major in college). I would not call this a true western, however. It's about gold miners and the gold mining towns. But, it's true to gold mining history in this country and there is more sin in 5 minutes of this movie than any musical I've ever seen. So, put the youngun's in bed and put this movie on and HAVE YOURSELF A TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Paint your wagon... with blood!,
This review is from: Paint Your Wagon (Widescreen) (DVD)It's a A Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin shoot-em-up western, loaded with bloody mayhem and unholy carnage. You won't be disappointed!
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