Oklahoma!
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Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 Broadway musical was considered revolutionary for a multitude of reasons, not least of which were the play's intricate integration of song and storyline, and the simplicity and austerity of its production design. The 1955 film version of Oklahoma! retains the songs (except for Lonely Room and It's a Scandal!, which are usually cut from most stage presentations anyway) and the story, but the simplicity is sacrificed to the spectacle of Technicolor, Todd-AO, and Stereophonic Sound. The story can be boiled down to a single sentence: a girl must decide… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"The wide screen used for the Todd-AO process adds production scope and visual grandeur, capturing a vista of blue sky and green prairie that can be breathtaking."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film is so richly layered that multiple viewings become compulsive -- you think it's all there in front of you, but every time you revisit it, you notice something more, and finish with a desire to go back again."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"Folksy and sentimental."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Pretty fun in spite of itself."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Efficient but not exciting."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film heaves and sputters from one indifferently rendered number to the next."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A full-bodied Oklahoma! has been brought forth in this film to match in vitality, eloquence and melody any musical this reviewer has ever seen."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"It's a watchable, if hardly terrific, rendering of an innovative Broadway landmark."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A solid Hollywood landmark."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"...Zinnemann manages to keep the pace moving in the right direction, and any small concerns one may have diminish quickly in light of the rest of the movie's delights."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"My favourite is the odd cast singing 'The Farmer and the Cowman should be friends', a sentiment I have long believed in."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"The wrong director, Fred Zinnemann, who doesn't have any sense for the genre, was assigned to this musical, but the tunes are glorious."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"50 years on there's still an infectious charm about Oklahoma!"
‑ David Mattin, BBC.com
"A brilliant musical that still looks fresh today."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"if classic Broadway is your thing, you'll enjoy this movie more than the other Rodgers and Hammerstein classics that made it to the screen in the same era"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
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