I saw this when it came out and was utterly riveted by it, in characters, acting, singing, dance. It stuck with me for over 35 years, in my imagination. So I got this for my daughter, who loves show musicals. Alas, it simply did not translate well into cinema. There are many problems with the production. The singing, acting, and - in the way that hollywood makes things so stupidly explicit - the plot. Instead of a glimpse, with many things implied but never completely spelled out in spite of the rawness of the bway script, the film turns it into a lousy melodrama and takes the characters just that little bit too far as a way of implying depth. For that, it was nearly terrible. What the production did convey extremely well - hence 3 and not 2 stars - was the dance. It made me want to dance and I was in awe of the talent there, which may be one reason why the actors were largely unknowns and, frankly, so bad at everything else. I did enjoy talking about it with my daughter and it is toned down somewhat.
If you want to re-experience the bway show, don't get this. It can't really stand on its own either, but isn't a total bomb. It is shocking that Attenborough could have done something so mediocre.
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