Oklahoma! (1955)

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… More

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Rated: G
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DVD Release Date: April 27, 1999
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Aye-yip-aye-yo-ee-ay! The critics are sayin' you're doin' fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma, O.K.!

TIME Magazine

In spite of its age and the fact that its 145-minute mass is sometimes dragging, Oklahoma! hollers itself home as a handsome piece of entertainment.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

My favourite is the odd cast singing 'The Farmer and the Cowman should be friends', a sentiment I have long believed in.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

This rousing film version of the massively influential and, in its day, revolutionary Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical preserves both the magnificent songs and the key Agnes DeMille choreography.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Emanuel Levy

The wrong director, Fred Zinnemann, who doesn't have any sense for the genre, was assigned to this musical, but the tunes are glorious.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film heaves and sputters from one indifferently rendered number to the next.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Folksy and sentimental.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Superior filming of great R&H musical with Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae ideally cast in the leads. They share a great chemistry but even better their… More
Randy Tippy
Pure escapism. My favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.
Aj V
The classic western musical. First of all I don't like westerns and second I'm not a big fan of musicals (I only like certain ones). So, I… More
erika bruhns
One of the best films of its time. It shows how love should be.
Stella Dallas
yes i admit i love this movie. shot on location... in arizona!
danny d
overlong and uneventful for the first 90 minutes, oklahoma was actually quite good for the final 50 minutes but it was too little too late to save it.… More

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