The Fantasticks
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The longest-running show in the history of the American theater (it opened at an off-Broadway theater in the spring of 1960, where it remained until the production finally closed in early 2002) finally arrives onscreen. Hucklebee (Brad Sullivan) and Bellamy (Joel Grey) are a pair of small town fathers who are scheming to bring their children Matt (Joseph McIntyre) and Luisa (Jean Louisa Kelly) together in a romance. As a carnival arrives to bring some excitement to the sleepy village, the fathers persuade a mysterious interloper named El Gallo (Jonathan Morris) to stage a mock abduction of… More
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"It provides an invaluable example of how not to make a movie out of a stage classic."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Snobbery
"It's a trifle, but was pleasantly presented and I found it to be an adequate though not a scintillating production."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Presents an inviting opportunity to 'try to remember' a cinematic art that has sadly been all but lost."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Truth to tell, it's exactly the kind of musical pointed out by people who say they just don't like musicals."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The movie musical is practically a dead horse in Hollywood, and The Fantasticks does little to kick it back to life."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"An underpopulated, cliched Romeo-and-Juliet affair that only comes to life during its song sequences."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"[S]imultaneously flat and cartoonish..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The musical scenes in The Fantasticks crackle with intimacy."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
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