The Fantasticks

1995

Action / Musical / Romance

9
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 50%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 51%
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 1045

Synopsis


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Cast

Jean Louisa Kelly as Luisa Bellamy
Tony Cox as His Assistant
Joel Grey as Amos Babcock Bellamy
Barnard Hughes as Henry Albertson
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694.90 MB
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English
PG
23.976 fps
1hr 26 min
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 26 min
P/S 2 / 2

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by beorhouse 9 / 10

A New Kind Of Villain For The Oldest Human Story

A wonderfully cast and colorful film about the wickedness of the world and how, if we are not careful, we can lose not our innocence, which none of us has anyway, but our purity--our holiness. The villain who steps into the lives of the four peaceful people on the plain is at first hard to discern. Is he evil? Is he neutral and only having fun at the expense of the unaware? Or, could it be? Maybe he is actually something like a guardian angel who saves the young couple from ruin by allowing them to see the world from the safety of the stage--as actors playing parts instead of actual victims of real-life thieves, prostitutes, drug dealers, and--in the girl's case--psychic vampires. This one really sets well with me. It is unique--nothing else like it that I am aware of. I'd definitely see it again, and again, and maybe even again.

Reviewed by mark.waltz 3 / 10

Trying to forget....

There are some stage shows which really can't be filmed, and one of them is "The Fantasiks". It had been videotaped as a television special in the 1960's in an hour format which took out some of the potence of the actual show, but when they decided to make a movie version of it in the 1990's (as the show was celebrating 35 years Off-Broadway), some theater historians were puzzled. After all, what made the show memorable on stage was the fact that it was so intimate, it just didn't feel right for the screen. Taking into account that the passionate character of El Gallo was supposed to represent a sexy threat to the two lovers and was here cast with a very uncharismatic Jonathon Morris made for really removing the strongest element of the show.

Veteran actors Joel Grey and Barnard Hughes come off unscathed as the feuding fathers, but their roles are reduced and one of their big numbers removed as well. A lack of chemistry between Joey McIntyre and Jean Luisa Kelly, the two actors playing Matt and Luisa, also hurt this film version which only had a here today, gone literally tomorrow movie version of the musical that in retrospect seems pointless. When the musical closed Off Broadway after a 40 year run, stage audiences obviously missed it, and less than a decade later, it was back, maybe not on Sullivan Street where it played for an eternity, but in an intimate space where it really belongs.

Reviewed by jjnxn-1 5 / 10

It takes years to get to the screen and this is the best they can do?

The pluses for this are terrific art and production design which is beautifully displayed by the cinematography of Fred Murphy but pretty pictures only go so far. The piece's other strong suit is a fine score with many lovely songs however they are compromised by being given to the two leads who have thin reedy voices without distinction or subtlety and the tunes suffer because of it. The score was a favorite of the young Barbra Streisand and she recorded several of the numbers, listen to her versions of Much More, Soon It's Gonna Rain and particularly I Can See It and you'll understand what has been lost in the pallid interpretations offered here. Alas it is of no help that the same romantic leads share zero chemistry on screen with McIntyre practically disappearing from the screen, so bland is his presence. The best work is turned in by Brad Sullivan and Joel Grey but their parts are small and Grey is especially wasted. Catch the live show instead.

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