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Drama, Musical





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Bob Fosse


Liza Minnelli
Michael York
Joel Grey
Helmut Griem
Marisa Berenson
Fritz Wepper





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An entertainer in Germany during WW II entertains a couple of men while the Nazi party begins to come to fruition.

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Camper 11/15/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I don't understand why people seem to like this movie so much. The songs were forgettable, the plot was muddled, and Liza Minnelli's character tried to be charming but just came across as annoyingly self-centered- like a child. It wasn't terrible or anything but I wouldn't watch it again.

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Snoogans 01/21/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Less of a musical and more of a comedic drama with some musical numbers thrown in. Worth watching for the songs and all-around entertaining performance from Liza Minnelli.

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mitchellyoung 11/05/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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All historical accuracy aside, this is a bawdy and fun musical romp that features energetic performances by Liza Minelli and Joel Grey. I didn't love some of the romantic scenes, since I found them a little over-the-top, but the music is great and the film is at its best when it's being satirical and tongue-in-cheek.

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donkeyknight 05/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I cannot recommend avoiding this movie enough. It tries so hard to be provocative and is just downright numbing, even misogynistic. The "protagonists" treat eachother monstrously. And then all the tunes get stuck in your head for days reminding you of the amoral mess you just saw.

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09/05/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

In here life is (not so) beautiful

Although Liza Minelli was in her prime this production does neither her or the fabulous Joel Grey justice. Severely rewriting the original broadway score and changing many subdetails of the plot did not improve the quality either. Having been in on stage productions of this show some of the decisions on how to stage the musical numbers also seems underwhelming. So much talent, so much waste. It's not a wonder when people think of the great musical movies that Cabaret isn't one of them. Of course, Hollywood also hates unhappy endings and so does the public, and Cabaret is definitely not a feel good storyline. After 33+years it is an interesting look back at the style of the time as far as what the makers of the movies thought would look good for a mid 1930's era film.

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06/20/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Cabaret review

The 1930 set film revolves around dancer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli), writer/teacher Brian Roberts (Michael York) and the affluent Maximilian von Heune (Helmut Griem). The three leads share sexual experiences and heartaches only to boil down to an unborn fetus being aborted. Pacing was dreadful, conclusion just unsatisfying, the songs uninspiring, characters too weird and plot was not compelling. The picture seems to manipulate the song and dance numbers and tries to make a star out of Liza Minnelli. Even the subplots were a bore. This is a prime example of a not so entertaining drama musical since the direction was allover the place. Overall, Cabaret only works if it was purely a musical, as a film it just doesn't work on all aspects, despite casting a populr musicl artist.

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