The Music Man
The Music Man (1962)

After nearly 900 performances on stage, the hit Broadway musical and play The Music Man comes to the big screen. Harold Hill (Robert Preston) is a traveling con man who lands in River City, Iowa in the year 1912. He alerts the town to the… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: June 19, 1962
DVD Release Date: February 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

A treat to re-watch, almost 50 years from its original production date.

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Emanuel Levy

The music is glorious, but as a movie, this is a photographed play, a nostalgic evocation of small-town American that was congruent with Kennedy's New Frontier; within a year, though, Kennedy would be assassinated and the optimistic mood would vanish

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Too stagey and too gooey, but it preserves Preston's classic performance

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Glorious production, with gorgeous music, dancing.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

One of the most obnoxious musicals ever to be staged for movie cameras.

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Scott Weinberg

Robert Preston shines in one of the sunniest ol' musical classics under the sun.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a quintessential slice of Americana, featuring wonderful music, engaging characters, and an uplifting story.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Robert Preston is note-perfect in a bright musical even non-fans of the genre will enjoy.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

reminds of that good old down-home attitude of the Midwest

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A con man comes to a small town to form a Boys' Band, but he falls in love with the local librarian. They simply don't make films with this kind of… More
danny d
while i love the story, some of the music was a bit bland and i didnt believe the love story between preston and jones much. preston did almost too well… More
erika bruhns
One of a kind film. It really showed what music can do to people.
Jennifer Xu
Ummm, it's basically really boring, and long. It's not much of an artistic achievement, and the songs are very okay. It's not a terrible musical,… More
Mark Hobin
Meredith Wilson's sparkling filmization of the landmark Broadway musical about a traveling con artist salesman and the small town he dupes. Rousing… More
Curtis Lilly
The librarian song is cool. And trouble with a capital t rhymes with p, and that stands for POOL!