The Band Wagon
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One of the most subtle and sophisticated of the musical comedies that came out of MGM's Arthur Freed Unit in the '40s and '50s, The Band Wagon stars Fred Astaire as Tony Hunter, a movie star whose career is in a downturn. Looking for a boost, Tony decides to try starring in a Broadway musical. His friends Lester and Lily Marton (Oscar Levant and Nanette Fabray) have written a show they feel would be just right for Tony, and the three team up with Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan), a self-styled "genius" director, who gets the idea to turn the play into a revised version of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The musical becomes a frenetic meditation on pop art versus high art, coming down hard on the side of the former."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"On the whole it's one of the best musicals ever made."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It has its moments and the stars are good, but it's really overrated."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A fun musical with creative choreography, but far too little substance."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"'s hard to dislike something so cheerful and uplifting as this movie."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
""the undisputed highlight of Astaire's post-Rogers career""
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A love song for the narcissistic, and theater people are sure to eat up the film, commentary, extras, and first rate DVD packaging."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"If you like an old-fashioned Broadway musical, you can't go wrong with this one."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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