Finian's Rainbow
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Nearly 20 years after it opened on Broadway, the E.Y. Harburg/Fred Saidy musical Finian's Rainbow was committed to film. Set in the mythical southern state of Missitucky, the story involves the whimsical Irishman Finian (Fred Astaire) and his daughter Sharon (Petula Clark) arriving in the community carrying a crock of gold, which they've stolen in the Auld Sod from Ogg the Leprechaun (Tommy Steele). Finian believes that if he buries the crock on American soil, it will grow into an even larger treasure--just as Fort Knox did (or so he thinks). Sharon falls in love with sharecropper… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A light, pastoral fantasy with civil rights angles, underscored by comedy values."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A marvelous evening right up to its last shot of Astaire walking away down a country road."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An allegory of the end of the studio system, couched in archaic-modern mementos"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Astaire gives a dignified performance as the Irish immigrant with the leprechaun's pot of gold, Clarke is good as his feisty daughter, and the songs are hugely enjoyable."
‑ , Film4
"An underrated musical."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"It's Fred Astaire's last musical and a sorry farewell."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of many musical stinkers made during a decade infamous for them."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"Not as bad as legend has it, but Francis Ford Coppola's film of Finian's Rainbow can hardly be called good"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"An inauspicious early Coppola film of a muscial that was already dated by the time the cameras rolled."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
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