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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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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It might have been considered nonsense or out of date for them to evaluate this kind of lovely film as a good film.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.
Chips and Kathy have a blissful 20 years together until tragedy strikes in the form of World War 2.
Often dismissed as inferior to the classic 1939 version with Robert Donat, this musical from 1969 with Peter O'Toole as Chips and Petula Clarke as Kathy, will always be THE version for me. I first saw it at the cinema on original release and although at the age of 8 I was vaguely aware that it was a film for adults, and some of it was above my ability to comprehend, I fell in love with it. I haven't fallen out of love since.
Peter O'Toole is brilliant as Chips, his awkwardness, embarassment and growing self confidence and his all consuming love for Kathy and his care for the boys he teaches is enchantingly portrayed. The scene in which he reacts to the tragedy that WW2 brings is incredibly powerful and moving. He really does look like a man who's whole life has crumbled around him.
True, it does make a number of radical changes to the original novel, but this doesn't matter - it works on it's own merits. Never mind the trendy critics of the day, treat yourself to a wonderful two and a half hours of pure magic.
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The film is fantastic ! Finaly Goodbye Mr. Chips on DVD...but why in English and Japanese languages ? Why not in French ? Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2009 by Clement Brillant
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
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 morePublished on May 17 2004 by Chelsea Chilkiewicz
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 morePublished on Oct. 24 2003
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! Read morePublished on July 17 2003
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 morePublished on May 17 2003 by Renee
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