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Once Upon a Time

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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Janet Blair, James Gleason, Ted Donaldson, William Demarest
  • Directors: Alexander Hall
  • Producers: Once Upon a Time
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Subtitles: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 89.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L1W22G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,284 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), Spanish ( Mono ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Smalltime crookster and showman Jerry Flynn is desperately searching for a new act to promote in order to save him from ruin. He meets a boy on the street who claims to have a dancing caterpillar called Curly. Flynn seizes the opportunity for fame and fortune at Curly's expense. ...Once Upon a Time

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This is billed as `a fairytale in reverse' and I think it is easy to see why. Veronica is a newly qualified Psychiatrist in Recife, Brazil - she starts work as an intern at the City public hospital. She lives and dotes on her ageing and dying father. She has a great bunch of friends and a lover - Gustavo - who says he really loves her. So not a bad lot in life.

However, once she starts diagnosing her patients it opens a window on herself and she starts trying to diagnose what is wrong with her. She can not find romance but instead would rather have a one night stand with random pick ups of which Gustavo is aware. It is almost that the sex, self treatment and the songs she sings to her Dictaphone are all part of some healing process until she can find the cure to herself. The anti fairy tale part comes with the realisation that there is not a fairy godmother or an inevitable happy ending and probably the acceptance of such that make you be able to cope with whatever life throws at you.

Along the way there is a lot packed in and the relationship between father and daughter is really touching.This is told in a series of scenes that run in a linear narrative form and take us on the full scope of emotions and experiences for Veronica. It has a poetical feel in places and arty nudity in others. There is a fair amount of flesh on display here but it all seems rather natural, no one is trying to be super sexy or cool just as nature intended and that too adds to the overall mood of what is basically an art house film.

The musical score is really rather nice too. This is from director Marcelo Gomes who has not had enough exposure outside of Brazil, but I think if he continues to make such self assured films like this then that position will change.
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Cary was himself..but playing opposite a boy with a dancing caterpillar ( I'm guessing he was under contract to.make it). Not his best film, but ok to curl up and watch with the kids one afternoon.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's got Cary Grant, but.... 17 Nov. 2016
By MJO - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me qualify my opinion by first stating, I love old movies (an affair to remember, June Allisons Little women, National Velvet...), I enjoy many screwball comedies (His Girl Friday, Tammy and the Bachelor, the Thin Man Series...), musicals (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singing in the Rain, Holiday Inn, dramas (El Cid...), westerns (Big Country to some Roy Rogers and Joel McRae) but there are some I don't enjoy: the Hans Christian Andersen Story being one, the other two Tammy movies, etc...this one is on my don't watch list....it wasn't a BAD movie, it was just too inane, I was kind of embarrassed for Cary Grant...he made some funny moments in it, but it tried to mix car oil and water and it just didn't go...when Grant gets intense and seriously "dramatic" it was almost embarrassing to watch. If you watch it you'll see what I mean, if you have anything better to, like watch a good one, then pass this up. I feel bad I wasted my time watching it, even more than the fee of 3.99, which was way too much for a show of the caliber. ...besides they never even let the viewer see the caterpillar dance ;)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Once Upon A Time" starring Cary Grant (DVD). 18 Jan. 2014
By Gary Davenport - Published on Amazon.com
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"Once Upon A Time," starring Cary Grant with a fine ensemble supporting cast, in my view is a SUPER movie of fun, fantasy, 1940's whimsy and character driven plot. This commercially produced and Studio Authorized DVD must have been manufactured from an "extra fine movie film negative," because the image quality of this DVD is EXCELLENT. And, too, this DVD must have been produced in smaller-than-normal quantities because it took me several years to finally obtain one for my library…and then find one at a "decent" price.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon a Time 16 Oct. 2010
By Mr. Dudley J. Tate - Published on Amazon.com
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"Once Upon a Time" is a charming and very entertaining movie.

This vintage 1944 movie stars Cary Grant and that great child star
Ted Donaldson.

Cary Grant is again in fine form as he usually is whether it be light
comedy or an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. He has that rare ability to
take something ordinary and turn it into something extraordinary,
a feat that he again achieves in this movie.

"Once Upon a Time" is the simple story of a boy (Ted Donaldson) and his
pet dancing caterpillar which 'down and out' showman (Cary Grant)
promotes for his own selfish reasons and to do so he befriends the boy
purposely to exploit and deceive him.

The ending where Cary Grant finally comes to his senses and realizes
what he is doing to the boy is wrong, is touching and heartwarming.

In a few words - great enterainment.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 April 2017
By Dickens 5 - Published on Amazon.com
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Love it so fast and efficient
5.0 out of 5 stars GHreat movie 6 Aug. 2015
By Vaughn K Munn - Published on Amazon.com
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A great DVD/movie at a great price. This was a great movie that I would pay three times what you charged
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