Sweet Charity

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • G
  • Comedy, Musical

SWEET CHARITY is a very good musical that should have been a great musical. Bob Fosse, making his film directorial debut, couldn't convey the verve he injected into the play to the movie version, which starred Shirley MacLaine as Charity, a dime-a-dance hostess in a tacky New York ballroom whose boyfriend takes all of her hard-earned savings, pushes her...read more

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SWEET CHARITY is a very good musical that should have been a great musical. Bob Fosse, making his film directorial debut, couldn't convey the verve he injected into the play to the movie version, which starred Shirley MacLaine as Charity, a dime-a-dance hostess in a tacky New York

ballroom whose boyfriend takes all of her hard-earned savings, pushes her off a low bridge in Central Park, and absconds with the cash. Charity, however, is a die-hard optimist, down but not out. Walking along the street one evening, she comes across Italian movie star Vittorio (Ricardo Montalban)

in a furious argument with his lover, Ursula (Barbara Bouchet). Vittorio takes the gamine Charity out for a night on the town in Ursula's stead--but just when sparks seem about to strike, a contrite Ursula shows up at his apartment, leaving Charity stuck hiding in a closet while Vittorio and

Ursula make up. Later, Charity is trapped in a stalled elevator with Oscar (John McMartin), a mild-mannered and terribly claustrophobic insurance clerk. The two hit it off, but the romance is complicated because Oscar doesn't know Charity works in a dance hall. Eventually he does find out what she

does for a living but still wants to marry her. After meeting her friends (Paula Kelly and Chita Rivera), seeing her place of employment, and discovering she wears a tattoo, however, he backs out. The film ends, as a depressed Charity is handed a flower by a band of hippies in Central Park, after

which she takes new heart. Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields wrote the fine score for the play and two new numbers for the movie, and their songs, along with Fosse's choreography and some fine supporting performances, provide the film's high points. MacLaine works very hard at not seeming to work hard

but gives a somewhat studied portrayal nonetheless.

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