- 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)
Once Upon a Time
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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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This vintage 1944 movie stars Cary Grant and that great child star
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.