The Night They Raided Minsky's

1968

Action / Comedy

17
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 41%
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 1200

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Cast

Britt Ekland as Rachel Schpitendavel
Bert Lahr as Professor Spats
Elliott Gould as Billy Minsky
Jason Robards as Raymond Paine
720p.BLU
753.85 MB
1280*720
English
PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 39 min
P/S 3 / 3

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tforbes-2 10 / 10

A timepiece on so many levels, and not just the 1920s ...

"The Night They Raided Minsky's" is a sheer delight to watch. It is definitely a timepiece in so many ways. On one level, it is a tribute to the Burlesque of the 1920s (it's set in 1925). Here, we get stellar performances from Bert Lahr, who died during shooting; Jason Robards; Norman Wisdom; and Joseph Wiseman, among others.

But on another level, it's also a timepiece of late 1967, and we see that in the sense of wonder that Britt Ekland's character experiences. It runs like a sort of "Alice In Wonderland" for the Jazz Age. You can also see that in the photography from '67 as well. It is also a timepiece in that it was a film that no longer obeyed the Hays Code, which was ending around this time.

And it's also a timepiece in that some of the New York exteriors used for filming were torn down after shooting ended. As stated earlier, it was Bert Lahr's final performance, and it is a memorable one. Had he lasted to the end of the shoot, his character would have loomed larger, but that was not meant to be.

As it is, the movie could have turned into a disaster, but skillful editing turned what might have been a sow's ear into a gem of a film. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 8 / 10

Much more successful than I anticipated!

Nostalgic, tuneful and delightfully funny, this splendid evocation of mid-twenties burlesque is brilliantly acted and most attractively staged. My only qualm is that the story itself is rendered somewhat less engaging by the director's over-use of close-ups. He has even gone to the trouble of persistently blowing them up in the lab, and thus ruining the texture of the color photography. Also, the edited-in clips from newsreels and old features were not, to my mind, always effective. True, an attempt has been made – not altogether successfully – to overcome the problem of color co-ordination, but the lack of step- printing is an obvious irritation. However, these quibbles should not be allowed to spoil the enjoyment of the burlesque itself, plus some spirited action scenes, plus such glorious dialogue as Paine's variations on being found in the closet.

Reviewed by blanche-2 6 / 10

disappointing

A gorgeous Amish girl, Rachel (Britt Ekland) leaves the sect and comes to New York to dance, and winds up at Minsky's Burlesque House in "The Night They Raided Minsky's." Wide-eyed and innocent, she explains that she dances to portions of the Bible. When she shows what she can do, well, it's not burlesque.

But this gives Raymond (Jason Robards), one of the comics, an idea. A group wants to close down the burlesque house because they think the numbers are indecent. If they announce a star from Paris, Madame Fifi, and send Rachel out with her Bible dances right as the place is being raided, it should put an end to the raids.

Meanwhile, Rachel's father (Harry Andrews) is looking for her.

This is a wonderful cast that includes, besides those mentioned, Elliot Gould, Forrest Tucker, Bert Lahr, and Denholm Elliot I guess I thought there would be a little more story to this film, instead of so many burlesque numbers. It's just a matter of taste. I've just never been that fond of burlesque.

Sadly Bert Lahr died during this film, so his part was shortened and he was replaced.

The end is very good, with the invention of the striptease. If you're a fan of burlesque, you will love this film.

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