The Band Wagon

The Band Wagon

DVD - 2005
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Fading movie musical star Tony Hunter, down and out in Hollywood, decides to try his luck on the Broadway stage.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Turner Entertainment, Co. ; Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2005]
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9780790795669
0790795663
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Jan 08, 2017

Writers Adolph and Betty Comden completely rewrite an old 1930’s stage hit and in the hands of director Vincente Minnelli it’s turned into what many critics consider to be one of the quintessential MGM musicals. Marvelous technicolor sets are steeped in 1950’s modernism yet the song & dance numbers are charmingly old-fashioned from the now iconic “That’s Entertainment!” to the pure country corn of “Louisiana Hayride”. But the show belongs to Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse who seem to float on air as they swirl and swing across the stage beginning with a fanciful pas de deux in Central Park and ending in a rather odd but watchable jazz number about a Manhattan murder mystery. The rest of the cast perform admirably and despite a forced love interest between its two stars the film still gives off enough sparks to assuage all but the most cynical of viewers.

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ThomasJWhiting
Mar 19, 2016

VERY GOOD 1953 Hollywood Technicolor musical - 'The world is a stage; a stage is the world'.
Fred Astaire was 55 at time, and a lady never seen before by me, or possibly just can't remember, beautiful, leggy (love those swirling pleated dance dresses) Cyd Charisse was only 31. Romantic age difference is a big part of the film plot.
I remember her name, but don't think I'd seen talented Nanette Fabray before either. Scottish singer/actor/dancer Jack Buchanan added a lot, too.
It does seem that the overall plot just thinly holds together the high quality dance/stage performances throughout the film's running time.
I particularly enjoyed the early 'A Shine on Your Shoes' number. Other fun performances include 'That's Entertainment', the great staged duet Dance in the Park midway in the Astaire/Charisse horse buggy ride, and the black top hat/cane duet with Fred and Buchanan near end.
It was a little slow in the beginning, but gathered speed and increasingly captured my attention at it continued through it's 111 minutes.
Well worth a watch!!!

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Mar 15, 2013

Top-name talent aside, I have to admit that I was quite disappointed with this big-budget Musical/Comedy/Romance from 1953._____ Even though it was beautifully photographed in stunning Technicolor, I found that out of its dozen, or so, musical numbers only 4 were real stand-outs (especially "A Shine On Your Shoes") and the rest came across as being too uninspired and forgettable to hold my undivided attention._____ It didn't help matters much that, under all of the glitz and glamour of this expensive MGM production, The Band Wagon's story turned out to be a really dumb and far-fetched "boy-meets-girl" tale whose believability just didn't gel, at all, as far as I'm concerned._____ From where I was sitting, I found that even actor/dancer Fred Astaire seemed to be denied more than just a few brief moments to really shine and dazzle us with some his fancy footwork._____ And, after it was all over and done, I was still scratching my head and wondering why this film was called "The Band Wagon".

Tulips13 Aug 11, 2012

I laughed through the entire movie. It depicts the life of a movie star gone Broadway actor. The struggles he faces and the friends he makes. I enjoyed the musical numbers and the chracterizations were very funny. This is definitely a family movie, and it is a great classic to show to the kids.

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