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Oklahoma!

  • Drama
  • Music
  • 1955
  • Fred Zinnemann
  • 147 mins
  • U

Summary

Rodgers and Hammerstein's ground-breaking musical, starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones and Rod Steiger. When cowboy Curly fails to invite his girlfriend Laurey to a social dance she agrees to accompany shady hired hand Jud Fry instead. But when his advances are rejected and Laurey is reunited with Curly, Jud is consumed by jealousy.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This rousing film version of the massively influential and, in its day, revolutionary Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical preserves both the magnificent songs and the key Agnes DeMille choreography. The location photography is stunning, particularly in the Oh, What a Beautiful Morning opening sequence, where the corn really does look as high as an elephant's eye in the then new 65mm Todd-AO screen process. (A CinemaScope version was filmed simultaneously and it is that which usually plays on TV.) Heading the notable cast is the underrated Gordon MacRae as a finely shaded romantic Curly, while Shirley Jones, in her film debut, is superb as Laurey. If Rod Steiger is a shade morose and out of kilter, well, so is his character Jud Fry. Director Fred Zinnemann, much in demand after From Here to Eternity, can't quite manage the pizzazz the movie really needs, and he seriously messes up the stirring title number. But there's still much to enjoy here.

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Credits

Cast

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CurlyGordon MacRae
LaureyShirley Jones
Jud FryRod Steiger
Ado AnnieGloria Grahame
Will ParkerGene Nelson
Ali HakimEddie Albert
CarnesJames Whitmore
GertieBarbara Lawrence
SkidmoreJay C Flippen
MarshalRoy Barcroft
Dream CurlyJames Mitchell
Dream LaureyBambi Linn

Crew

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DirectorFred Zinnemann

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2006-08-25
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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