The Band Wagon
The Band Wagon (1953)

A lavish, enduring backstage musical from Vincente Minnelli, The Band Wagon tells the tale of Tony Hunter (Fred Astaire who was 54 at the time) a multi-talented but aging movie star who heads for the Great White Way in hopes of bolstering… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 7, 1953
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Sorry, the beloved "Singin' in the Rain" isn't the finest of the legendary MGM musicals. "The Band Wagon'' has better music, better dances, better direction, more lavish sets and costumes and a wittier script (by the same writers).

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

While not as perceptive -- or hilarious -- as 1952's Singin' in the Rain in its skewering of backstage shenanigans among artists, it offers plenty of choice observations.

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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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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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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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Cole Smithey

Widely considered one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, Vincent Minnelli's "The Band Wagon" connects a jumble of comedic backstage Broadway shenanigans with mix-matched show tunes via Fred Astaire's impeccable dance routines.

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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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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
Antonius Block
Fred Astaire was 54 when he made 'The Band Wagon' with Cyd Charisse (who was 31), and he supposedly loved the role in 'The Band Wagon'… More
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
Marion Ravenwood
Astaire! A fabulous musical that doesn't drag with long musical numbers. "Dancing In the Dark" sequence was so beautiful.