Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie

George Roy Hill (1967)

145min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This popular but overlong vehicle for Julie Andrews succeeds despite a confusing plot and a screenplay that's full of excess. There's much to enjoy, not least the bizarre appearances by Broadway divas Beatrice Lillie and Carol Channing, of whom a little goes an awfully long way. The real delight is co-star James Fox, dancing and romancing as if to the musical born, plus the utterly delectable Mary Tyler Moore, whose natural good-naturedness proves a fine counterpoint to Andrews's studied brittleness. Director George Roy Hill lacks both the lightness of touch and the surety of style that this movie desperately needs, and although the production values are sumptuous, Millie stubbornly refuses to become Thoroughly Modern, and now looks sadly dated. It's best dipped into rather than fully endured.

Summary

A naive woman leaves her rural roots behind to seek fortune and romance in 1920s New York. She finds work as a secretary to a business tycoon, but he happens to be madly in love with her friend. However, before long she is wooed instead by a smitten salesman. Meanwhile, back at her boarding house, she stumbles across a shocking criminal enterprise involving the landlady. Musical comedy, with Julie Andrews, James Fox and Mary Tyler Moore.

Cast & Crew

Millie Dillmount Julie Andrews
Jimmy Smith James Fox
Dorothy Brown Mary Tyler Moore
Muzzy Van Hossmere Carol Channing
Mrs Meers Beatrice Lillie
Trevor Graydon John Gavin
Tea Philip Ahn
Miss Flannery Cavada Humphrey
Director George Roy Hill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama Music