Finian's Rainbow [Blu-ray] [1968]

  • SKU: 32695292
  • Release Date: 03/07/2017
  • Rating: G
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features


    • Featurette: the world premiere of Finian's Rainbow
    • Watch Finian's Rainbow with Francis Ford Coppola: introduction and commentary by the director

    Synopsis


    Finian's Rainbow
    Nearly 20 years after it opened on Broadway, the E.Y. Harburg/Fred Saidy musical Finian's Rainbow was committed to film. Set in the mythical southern state of Missitucky, the story involves the whimsical Irishman Finian (Fred Astaire) and his daughter Sharon (Petula Clark) arriving in the community carrying a crock of gold, which they've stolen in the Auld Sod from Ogg the Leprechaun (Tommy Steele). Finian believes that if he buries the crock on American soil, it will grow into an even larger treasure--just as Fort Knox did (or so he thinks). Sharon falls in love with sharecropper Woody Mahoney (Don Francks), who like everyone else in the community is being threatened by the perfidy of Senator Rawkins (Keenan Wynn). While Finian haggles over three wishes with the tricky Ogg, Sharon runs afoul of the racially bigoted Rawkins. She wishes that Rawkins would turn black so that he could walk in someone else's shoes for a change--and this, thanks to Ogg, is exactly what happens. To rescue Sharon and Woody from being burned as witches, Ogg grants a last wish, which turns him into a human being; this is not an altogether bad thing, for Ogg has fallen in love with mysterious mountain gal Susan the Silent (Barbara Hancock). The racial tolerance subtext of Finian's Rainbow, considered radical in 1948, seemed rather antiquated in 1969, though it did allow for a hilarious scene in which a white associate of Judge Rawkins attempts to instruct young black botanist Al Freeman Jr. on the proper way to "act Negro". As Finian, Fred Astaire requested that the role be expanded to allow him to dance a little (as written, the character barely even sings). Most of the original score remains intact, including the hit song "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" Francis Ford Coppola seemed a curious choice to direct a musical, and indeed the production was a troubled one due to Coppola's inexperience in the genre. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Fred Astaire
      Fred Astaire - Finian McLonergan
    • Petula Clark
      Petula Clark - Sharon McLonergan
    • Tommy Steele
      Tommy Steele - Og, the Leprechaun
    • Don Francks
      Don Francks - Woody Mahoney
    • Keenan Wynn
      Keenan Wynn - Judge Billboard Rawkins



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Breathtaking transfer from WAC

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      Philip
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      Warner Archive Collection has given us both a rainbow and a Pot 'O Gold with this Blu Ray transfer. You truly haven't experienced this film, if you've only seen it on VHS or DVD. The colors were stunning. And the sound was a revelation. Perfect, full and richly nuanced. I have not been so excited by a sound design from a decades-old soundtrack in a few years. If you like or love the musical, you'll want to hear it like you've not known it could be.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderful old movie

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      Catcherman
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      My wife has looked for this movie a long time. Great Christmas surprise for her.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fun family movie

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      Dorumgg
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      Good movie for the whole family to enjoy. Fred Astaire and leprechauns what more could you want?

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dvd

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      Totilady
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      This is an older musical, but so heart warming. A must see.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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