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The Fantasticks (2000)

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A mysterious fair that comes to a small community in the countryside could make real the illusions of two teenagers.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writers:

Tom Jones (play), Harvey Schmidt (play) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Grey ... Bellomy
Barnard Hughes ... Henry
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Luisa
Joey McIntyre ... Matt (as Joe McIntyre)
Jonathon Morris ... El Gallo
Brad Sullivan ... Hucklebee
Teller ... Mortimer
Arturo Gil ... The Bavarian Baby
Tony Cox ... His Assistant (as Joe Anthony Cox)
Victoria Stevens Victoria Stevens ... Jo Jo, The Chicken Lady
Trayne Thomas Trayne Thomas ... Tattooed Man
Shaunery Stevens Shaunery Stevens ... Roustabout
Dyrk Ashton ... Roustabout
Gregory Amato Gregory Amato ... Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
Lee Bell Lee Bell ... Smuin Ballet / SF Dancer
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Storyline

Two teenagers on neighboring farms steal glances and hide their romance from their feuding fathers. However, the fathers are actually good friends who have hatched a plan--with help from a mystical roving sideshow and its equally-mysterious ringmaster--to get the two lovebirds down the aisle. But in order to bring these families together, they must first be torn apart. Written by Anonymous

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Try To Remember The First Time The Magic Happened. See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some bawdy carnival humor | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The film's running time was 110 minutes before being whittled down to 85 minutes for theatrical release. Many of the deleted scenes are available in the special features section of the 2001 MGM DVD release, and director Michael Ritchie's reassembled original cut can be seen in its entirety on the limited edition 2015 Blu-ray release. See more »

Quotes

Luisa Bellamy: Papa I got to take wing.
Amos Babcock Bellamy: Well be careful, it's duck season.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD includes 3 deleted songs
  • Plant a Radish, Get a Radish.
  • It Depends on What You Pay.
  • Try to Remember
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Metaphor
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by Tom Jones
Sung by Joey McIntyre and Jean Louisa Kelly
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User Reviews

 
More Nays than Yays
13 April 2004 | by harry-76See all my reviews

People who experienced this intimate musical off-Broadway, and in local community theater productions around the country, will rightly be disappointed and even horrified by this film effort.

Gone is the magic, the delight, and the imagination of a creation designed for small spaces, interaction with audiences, scant scenery and loads of beautiful melodies and poetic charm.

They've taken a concept geared for a cabaret and ballooned into a huge overblown, literate production that comes off as strange and even weird. They've juxtaposed and cut great songs, and tried to make a small ensemble effort into a large Hollywood extravaganza.

I agree this is one misfire that simply should have stayed on the shelf and not released--just written off as a tax loss.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fantasticks See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,176, 24 September 2000

Gross USA:

$49,666

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,666
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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