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MPAA Rating - G

    148 Minutes


Original Release Date:
    Aug 19, 2003

    Gene Kelly

    Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Louis Armstrong, Marianne McAndrew

Movie Summary
Twenty-seven-year-old Barbra Streisand seemed an inappropriate choice for middle-aged, match-making widow Dolly Levi, but her energy carries her right through the role and dominates the lackluster movie around her. The plot, drawn from Thornton Wilders The Matchmaker (itself based on a 19th-century British farce), is set in motion when Yonkers feed store clerk Cornelius Hackl (Michael Crawford) celebrates his promotion by taking his pal Barnaby Tucker (Danny Lockin) to New York City for a corking good time. But Cornelius and Barnaby cant avoid crossing paths with their boss Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau), whod give them Holy Ned if he saw them in a fancy restaurant with two fancy girls instead of tending the store. Mr. Vandergelder himself is the object of Dollys affections, though she pretends to have only a professional interest in the widowed merchant, going through the motions of finding him a new wife when in fact shed like to be the lucky bride herself. The films musical set pieces include a show-stopping rendition of the title number, with Louis Armstrong more or less playing himself. The biggest number is Before the Parade Passes By, in which thousands of costumed marchers and atmosphere extras cavort before a huge replica of a New York City thoroughfare in the 1890s (actually the main entrance of the 20th Century-Fox studio, with period facades adorning the office buildings). An artifact of an era in which Broadway musicals were a significant part of popular culture, Hello Dolly seemed bizarrely irrelevant in the social turmoil of the late 1960s, and it became one of the late-1960s big-budget failures that led Hollywood studios toward a different kind of filmmaking in the 1970s. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


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