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Finian's Rainbow

  • Musical
  • Family
  • 1968
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • 180 mins
  • U

Summary

Musical starring Fred Astaire, Petula Clark and Tommy Steele. Finian McLonergan arrives in America from Ireland with a crock of gold, intending to bury it near Fort Knox in the hope that it will multiply in value. But complications arise through his daughter Sharon's adventures and the arrival of a leprechaun who wants the gold back.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Although it ran for 725 performances on Broadway, it's tempting to suggest that the reason this satirical musical took 21 years to make it to the screen was because studio executives recognised that its magic works best on the stage. Even old hands would have struggled to balance the whimsical story of a leprechaun searching for his stolen gold with sharp insights into racism and greed. Directing his first film for a major studio, Francis Ford Coppola fumbles both fantasy and sermon. However, Fred Astaire, in one of his last starring roles, is as charmingly watchable as ever.

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Credits

Cast

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Finian McLonerganFred Astaire
Sharon McLonerganPetula Clark
OgTommy Steele
WoodyDon Francks
Susan the SilentBarbara Hancock
Judge Billboard RawkinsKeenan Wynn
HowardAl Freeman Jr
SharecropperBrenda Arnau
HenryLouis Silas
SheriffDolph Sweet
District AttorneyWright King

Crew

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DirectorFrancis Ford Coppola

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Pathe Ltd
Languages
English | French
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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