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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reincarnation . What an interesting concept !
On A Clear Day is a brilliant mixture of a gripping storyline, fascinating characters and marvelous actors . The story is about Daisy Gamble , played by the magnificent Barbara Streisand , a cigarette addict who goes to a hypnotist , played by Yves Montande , in order to stop smoking . She couldn't have possibly known that by going to the hypnotist her life would...
Published on 16 Sep 2000 by danlian@internet-zahav.net

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2.0 out of 5 stars On a Clear Day You Can See Forever - the movie
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever - the movie

This was originally a Broadway show that transferred, virtually intact, to the screen. The stars of the screen version were Barbra Streisand (as Daisy Gamble from Brooklyn, who is trying to quit smoking) and Yves Montand as the psychiatrist who is using hypnosis to this end. However, when Daisy is under hypnosis...
Published on 14 Dec 2009 by Dr. H. A. Jones


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reincarnation . What an interesting concept !, 16 Sep 2000
On A Clear Day is a brilliant mixture of a gripping storyline, fascinating characters and marvelous actors . The story is about Daisy Gamble , played by the magnificent Barbara Streisand , a cigarette addict who goes to a hypnotist , played by Yves Montande , in order to stop smoking . She couldn't have possibly known that by going to the hypnotist her life would forever be changed . By coincidence , the hypnotist discovers that within Daisy Gamble lies Melinda , one of the past lives of daisy Gamble . Daisy and Melinda possess psychic powers , the only difference is that Melinda's powers are much more advanced then Daisy's . Throughout the movie there are fabulous songs . One of the things I found most enjoyable is the huge difference between Melinda , who is a charismatic and elegant woman , and Daisy who has no personality . To conclude , brilliant performances ( by Barbra Streisand , Yves Montande and Jack Nicholson ) and a gripping storyline . In short a movie YOU WILL NEVER FORGET.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Star strikes again., 10 Oct 2007
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Brent Kincaid "Kaua'i Artist" (Kaua'i, Hawaii) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever [DVD] (DVD)
This is my favorite Barbra movie and, because of the topic, one of my favorite movies of all time. What gets left out of most reviews is that it is a fun romp through the subject of reincarnation. As such, it has some witty and contemporary (for the year it was made, 1970) dialogue about the subject and plot twists that reincarnation might generate. That being said, it has some incredibly lovely songs by Ms. Streisand, the most fun being "Go To Sleep". That song wins my vote because it shows Babs on a split screen so she ends up singing a trio with herself as the two backup singers. What's better than two Babs? Three! I also love "The Banquet Of Love" and find myself singing it while I am cooking. Yes, even today; 38 years later. It is a lovely song. And, since my sister in law is named Melinda, I of course sing that song to her from time to time before she shouts at me to clam up.

Barbra jumps so effortlessly from the mousy Daisy Gamble to the lovely Winnifred Wain Tentrees, stopping off as a guttersnipe waif, that you gladly acknowledge her claim to be `an actress who sings'. Winnifred, unlike Fanny Brice, is a stunning, classic beauty and the scene in which Barbra sings the Banquet song is Barbra at her most stunning ever. Every book about her has the shot of her in that pearl studded headdress for good reason. She is just plain old beautiful.

Another hot song in this show is "What Did I Have That I Don't Have Now". I memorized this song from the Broadway run of this show, and sang it in my nightclub act. I loved the song and loved how it could be done as a torch song or as an upbeat sort of anthem. Barbra manages both, thank you very much, and does so beautifully.

There are shortcomings to this show. As has been previously noted, Yves Montand should have been avoided. There are really only two people in this movie for most of the show and Mr. Montand is best left in French films. He was the flavor of the month in the middle sixties and some dead-between-the-ears producer decided this would be good casting. (Buzzer) Wrong! "Come Back To Me" was mostly ruined by his lack of singing voice and his mangling of the words.

Other shortcomings were undeveloped dynamite characters and the casting of Larry Blyden as the boyfriend. OK, a nebbish was needed because Daisy was a nebbish. But jeez, dudes. This dork was just irritating and every scene he was in made me run for more popcorn or to find a book to read until the fun got started again. And, to think all that stuff with him being so awful cut short the scenes with Jack Nicholson as the cool step-brother with obviously incestuous intent.

Another obvious shortcoming was costuming. Someone told the producers Barbra would look younger if they dressed her as a fifteen year-old society kid! Huh? Another buzzer, please. Wrong again! Daisy was as ridiculous as Winnifred was resplendent.

True this is no Moulin Rouge, or Chicago, but it is a gorgeous movie for those who like musicals and can suspend disbelief in order to just enjoy the romp. For Barbra fans, it is a must and a delicious chance to soak in her lovely voice in some very nice numbers. I give the movie four stars. Yes, I know that is excessive, but that is what ratings by reviewers are; their opinion. Now you have mine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rise and look around you, 26 Aug 2007
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This film was directed by the dame great director of "The Reluctant Debutante" and "Gigi" Vincente Minnelli Born: 28 February 1903, Died: 25 July 1986 (aged 83).

As with many films the story suffers a little form the lack of spontaneity of the Broadway version, yet it holds the essence and was not modified too much for the actors or media type. Some great songs arise from this play adapted to film.

Daisy Gamble (Barbra Streisand) seems extraordinary in such abilities as raising flowers that are unraisable and hearing telephones before they ring. However she needs to stop smoking and turns to hypnosis to help.

Dr. Marc Chabot (Yves Montand) in an attempt to help her discovers a whole new woman and falls in love with this other woman. However the woman is the results of Daisy's regression.

This poses a difficulty. Especially if Daisy finds out.
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2.0 out of 5 stars On a Clear Day You Can See Forever - the movie, 14 Dec 2009
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Dr. H. A. Jones "Howard Jones" (Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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On a Clear Day You Can See Forever - the movie

This was originally a Broadway show that transferred, virtually intact, to the screen. The stars of the screen version were Barbra Streisand (as Daisy Gamble from Brooklyn, who is trying to quit smoking) and Yves Montand as the psychiatrist who is using hypnosis to this end. However, when Daisy is under hypnosis she experiences past-life regression and becomes an 18th century aristocratic beauty. It's an interesting plot with the book and lyrics for the show and film by Alan Jay Lerner, a keen enthusiast of all things psychic. The tunes were written by Burton Lane. The title song and `Come back to me' were the only memorable numbers, though there were several others in the score. On screen, the opening number, `Hurry, It's Lovely up here', where Daisy charms the bulbs to spring into life, is delightful, but the song is not memorable enough to have any life outside the film. Despite assistance from Bob Newhart and Jack Nicholson, and the direction of Vincente Minnelli, this was not a successful film for either the tunes or the script, and it seemed to lose momentum at various points. It's already more than two hours long: was it brutally edited in the cutting room too, I wonder?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Minor Minnelli, 10 Sep 2006
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Vincente Minnelli's On a Clear Day You Can See Forever is an enjoyable minor musical with major production values, but no lost classic. With the exception of the title number and He's Not You, none of the songs, used almost entirely for emotional moments rather than to progress the plot, are likely to trouble the memory. Yves Montand is amiably professional, but there are no sparks between him and Barbra Streisand and too few jokes for that not to leave the film feeling somewhat underpowered. Bob Newhart is wasted, Jack Nicholson's part has almost entirely been cut along with several songs and several reels in a vain attempt to prevent it from being another of the big-budget flops that nearly brought Paramount to its knees until Love Story and The Godfather came to its aid. Many of the credited cast can only be glimpsed by the eagle-eyed using the zoom facility on their DVD players. It may also be the only film where John Richardson uses his own voice. The Clive Owen of his day and the bookies' favorite to replace Sean Connery as James Bond, he was usually either dubbed by David De Keyser or given parts without dialogue, and it's easy to see why from his terrible delivery and awkward working class accent (he's playing an aristocrat). Still, there is a great use of vivid color and some impressive design.

No extras of any kind on the DVD, but the widescreen 2.35:1 transfer is good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wide with super sound!, 19 Nov 2009
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This is a must have film for Barbra fans, or if you are into reincarnation. For it shows Barbra being very sexy as she sings "Love With All The Trimmings". It also shows very early attitudes to possiablity of people having a past lives.
But the best reason to have this film is the 5.1 Dolby soundtrack, which really brings out the music and songs. And also the full 2:35 widescreen. When shown on TV it's always cropped to fit widescreen TV's, so here you can see it as it was ment to be shown. The sound when shown on TV tends to be a mono mix too.
Sadly it does not have any special features, not even a commentary from Streisand herself.
There's also a lot of English actors in it with Dad's Army 'Mr Wilson' playing a court offical.
GREAT SOUND & WIDESCREEN sums it up well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film, 1 May 2014
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Streisand at her best. Great tunes and a quirky format, whereby Barbara's character plays several roles as she is hypnotised and believes she has lived before as a different person.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a delightfully entertaining film, buy it!, 18 Mar 2001
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Barbra Streisand is stunning in this fun filled film. Barbra plays a smoking addict with supernatural powers. She discovers she has lived many previous lives, and many lives to yet live. This film is one great reason to stay in with a big bowl of chocolate sweets and enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A musical about psychological abuse. How charming, 16 July 2011
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Don't get me wrong. I love musicals and enjoyed Streisand in Funny Girl/Lady and Hello Dolly. Not so keen on Yentl, but The Mirror Has Two Faces (not so much a musical) is one of my all-time favourites.

But this film is disturbing.

There is no level on which I didn't find this uncomfortable viewing.

The plot boils down to: naive and highly suggestible young woman, Daisy (Streisand) seeks help from a psychotherapist practising in hypnotherapy in order to stop smoking and make herself more acceptable to her fiance's prospective employers. While he has her under hypnosis Dr Chabot (Montand) discovers that Daisy has an alter-ego - a possible past-life incarnation - in the form of the seductive 19th century Englishwoman Melinda. Without Daisy's consent, Chabot explores this past-life regression, taping his interactions with Melinda as he becomes increasingly obsessed with her.

Frankly, it would have taken a lot to save this film (pitched in the romantic musical genre) given that it basically centres around the abuse of a patient by her doctor.

IMO, there are no elements sufficient to salvage this high-budget mess: the plot is horrible - sweeping over the patient abuse angle, you also get lead male as manipulative swine, attempting to expose the rationale behind 'Melinda' by socialising with Daisy; dodgy romantic elements only covered in the last few minutes of the film when Chabot finally admits to Daisy that he is already married (charmer!); the songs are mediocre; the costumes for present and past generations are overly stylised; Streisand attempts 2 atrocious 'English' accents (upper crust and 'Cockerney' English... and clearly attended the Dick Van Dyke School of Diction when learning both); a youthful appearance from Jack Nicholson is wasted in a completely stereotypical role; and could ANYONE suspend disbelief for long enough to give credence to the idea that Streisand's character is some kind of plant whisperer when she spends the entire film sporting incredibly distracting inch-long talon nails? (Surely any make-up artist worth their salt should have suggested a Daisy/Melinda switch on this one?)
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5.0 out of 5 stars On a clear day, 9 Dec 2013
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An amusing and amazing musical, if you are interested in past life regression, this film could ease you into an informal introduction. A feel good production accompanied by a beautiful voice of Barbara Streisand - a must-have in anybody's collection
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