The Band Wagon
The Band Wagon (1953)

This musical tells the tale of Tony Hunter, a multi-talented but aging movie star who heads for the Great White Way in hopes of bolstering his flagging career. His pals in New York are only too happy to help out by writing him a dazzling… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 15, 2005
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The musical becomes a frenetic meditation on pop art versus high art, coming down hard on the side of the former.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

On the whole it's one of the best musicals ever made.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It has its moments and the stars are good, but it's really overrated.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A fun musical with creative choreography, but far too little substance.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis's hard to dislike something so cheerful and uplifting as this movie.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

"the undisputed highlight of Astaire's post-Rogers career"

Emanuel Levy

Minnelli's best musical is sparked by witty allusions to real-life showbiz persona like pretentious actor Jose Ferrer and birlliant but aging dancer Fred Astaire, the film's star, who shines when dancing, both with Cyd Charisse and alone.

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Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

A love song for the narcissistic, and theater people are sure to eat up the film, commentary, extras, and first rate DVD packaging.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If you like an old-fashioned Broadway musical, you can't go wrong with this one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
One of the best, BEST, scenes in all musicals, and the always lovely Cyd Charisse.
John Ballantine
Beautiful little musical from Vincente Minnelli. The tale of the development of a Broadway musical provides some great moments in the interactions between… More
Jennifer Xu
Gene Kelly is a million times better than Fred Astaire. Sometimes it was really funny but the story in general kind of flopped. I really really liked the… More
Marion Ravenwood
Astaire! A fabulous musical that doesn't drag with long musical numbers. "Dancing In the Dark" sequence was so beautiful.
The Movie Waffler
America has always suffered from an inferiority complex when it comes to "art", but in my mind the creative output of the country mid twentieth… More