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What A Way To Go! [DVD]

Shirley MacLaine , Paul Newman , J. Lee Thompson    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly
  • Directors: J. Lee Thompson
  • Producers: Arthur P. Jacobs
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 17 April 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000DZ840U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,820 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Classic black comedy which opens with Louisa Foster (Shirley MacLaine) donating a multimillion dollar cheque to the IRS. The tax department thinks she's crazy and sends her to a psychiatrist. She then discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be wealthy.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DRESSED TO KILL IN A LUSH STARRY BONANZA 29 Oct 2009
A brilliant comic farce dressed as the most extravagantly glamourous cast ,this is a uniquely satisfying satire on American nouveau rich consumer culture and the American dream to define success in terms of abundant wealth .
A simple rustic girl played by Shirley Maclaine has a desire to lead a natural life in the countryside but she is cursed as all the men in her life she marries turn into millionaires by sheer fortune or misfortune and then kick the bucket leaving her to survive as the wealthiest woman in the world .

The performance by Shirley is winsome but the men are bizarre characters and all played in memorable roles by great stars .
DIck van dyke is the first spouse who gives way to a mad eccentric painter played in a flamboyant role by Paul Newman that even Picasso will envy ,and then it is Robert Mitchum where we get to see a 'movie within a movie' titled -'Lush Budgett' - a lavishly tongue in cheek and stylishy glamourous anecdote memorable for it's sheer elegant farce on the riotous Hollywood musical style portrayed in the epic MGM technicolor productions from Forties.

But save the best for last ,as Gene Kelly turns up as the fourth man as a singer dancer performing a tongue in cheek ,clownish drifter artist, who is as ordinary as they come but soon transforms into a huge musical star by the 'accursed fortune' of being close to the charmed billionairess .

But you are still left with a neat twist when DEAN MARTIN turns up in a nonsinging role as an impoverished janitor who was rejected by Shirley in her past life just because he was rich and the plot gets riotously funny as it turns upside down .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable kids' film 14 April 2014
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Reading the other reviews and the cast list ( ! ) my expectations were quite high for this.
But even as a fan of MacLaine, Kelly and Newman I thought it was pretty stupid - another star-studded romp almost along the lines of 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World', 'Monte Carlo Or Bust', etc. complete with speeded up sections la Benny Hill.

It's a curiosity for fans of the cast - the Gene Kelly section has a couple of interesting and amusing musical numbers.
I would have enjoyed it more if I'd seen it when I was ten, I suppose.

Stupid, puerile, big-budget, old-fashioned, hollywood fun - for kids and drunk, nostalgic adults alike.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What A Way To Have Fun! 17 Sep 2010
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The epitome of fluffy 1960s escapism with Shirley MacLaine at her kooky best and a dream cast of leading men sending up their screen images. Add to this a big budget, the most outrageous costumes of an outrageous era, a witty script by Comden and Green that blends romance, satire, slapstick and just a pinch of cynicism. It's big and overblown and all the better for it. And I'm glad to report that it looks fantastic on DVD in widescreen and vibrant colour.

Shirley MacLaine made several screwball comedies in the 60s such as Woman Times Seven, John Goldfarb Please Come Home, and The Bliss Of Mrs Blossom (why isn't that one on DVD???) but What A Way To Go is one of the best. She is helped immeasurably by a galaxy of stars portraying the men in her life - smooth and oily Dean Martin, rubber-faced and loose-limbed Dick Van Dyke, bearded and self-spoofing Paul Newman, surprisingly charming Robert Mitchum, the always delightful Gene Kelly, and a somewhat manic Robert Cummings. As an added treat, the Marx Brothers' old foil Margaret Dumont is wonderfully over-the-top as MacLaine's dragon of a mother. You just don't get casts like that anymore.

Another nice touch is the way several genres of film are spoofed as MacLaine wistfully recalls the best days of each of her marriages. The musical extravaganza with Gene Kelly, in particular, is a real joy. Kelly was over 50 but still had all the moves while MacLaine reminds us what a fantastic dancer she was - with equally fantastic legs. I also loved Paul Newman as the world-weary abstract artist. Many people forget that he made a number of comedies way back then and that he was pretty good in them.

What A Way To Go was not a big hit when it was released, primarily because it was made at a time when the emphasis was on youth and this film was seen as an instant relic that would only appeal to the Doris Day/Rock Hudson crowd. How wrong they were. Forty-odd years on, What A Way To Go is still fresh and funny.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undeservedly unknown! It's a riot. 2 Jun 2010
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What a wonderful hoot of a movie and such fun to discover a film which is not always talked about. The Paris story with Paul Newman and the Robert Mitchum multi millionaire are my 2 faves but the film is funny and yet also clever and human and touching.
If you like Shirley Maclaine, you'll love this, if you like a good laugh, you'll love this, and if you want to see the single madest wardrobe ever (well next to Auntie Mame ) you'll love this!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Dazman
If you're a fan of Shirley MacLaine and enjoy her wonderful array of talents, singing, comedy, dancing, together with some serious acting too then this is one not to be missed.

The film begins at the end and then goes to the beginning of the film to explain how Louise May Foster (MacLaine) came to have a huge sum of money without even trying!!!

She weds various men throughout the film and one way or another things happen to them, the best husbands for me are Dick Van Dyke and Paul Newman, the latter in particular looks to be loving every moment that he's in the film.

This is ultimately a comedy with a fair bit of screwball and tongue in cheek humour too.

Well worth checking out!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It may be old (1960s) but it's great!
It may be an old film, but it's excellent - a great laugh and a great story! Highly recommended for a good evening's entertainment - some very big names.
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4.0 out of 5 stars what a film to see!
Extremely funny and even witty film. Shirley Mclaine is excellent here as are all the cast.Edith Head outdoes herself here as well in the costume dept especially in the "Lush... Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. Poole
3.0 out of 5 stars dated.
nice recording but storyline a bit dated. unlike modern films, the speech is very clear and easy for listening and the colour is good
Published 15 months ago by S. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie
a bit like woman times seven but the husbands all die!

great acting, proper characters, none of this 3d nonsense.
Published on 28 Jun 2012 by clint
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem
Somehow I must have missed this film when it was released. Don't know how, because the cast alone would have had me turning up at the cinema. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by Brian Kavanagh
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good movie
I remember seeing this movie in the early 60s. After that it seems to have vanished off the face of the earth. Then I found it on Amazon. I had to have it . Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2011 by Eric J. Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars "Our life is frittered away by detail.... Simplify, simplify." Henry...
Louisa May (with a string of last names) is on the physiatrist couch explaining her life as a series of flashbacks seeing it as a series of movies. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2006 by bernie
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