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The Band Wagon

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Vincente Minnelli

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About the Movie

Oscar-winner and legendary hoofer Fred Astaire ("Top Hat") stars in this fun-filled Oscar-nominated musical as a Hollywood celebrity who stumbles into trouble when he agrees to star in a Broadway show. Co-starring Cyd Charisse ("Singin' in the Rain") and featuring classic songs, including "Dancing in the Dark." Directed by Oscar-winner Vincente Minnelli ("Gigi," "Meet Me in St. Louis"). Selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 best American films of all time. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 17
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Sorry, the beloved "Singin' in the Rain" isn't the finest of the legendary MGM musicals. "The Band Wagon'' has better music, better dances, better direction, more lavish sets and costumes and a wittier script (by the same writers). – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Apr 11, 2015

Fresh: The musical becomes a frenetic meditation on pop art versus high art, coming down hard on the side of the former. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A love song for the narcissistic, and theater people are sure to eat up the film, commentary, extras, and first rate DVD packaging. – Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Another Superb Musical from the 50

And I am left stunned by the visual spectacle on screen. The Band Wagon is another successful and very colourful musical from the 50's. Fred Astaire is fine and Cyd Charisse is also exceptional in her role. The supporting cast are awesome and Vincente Minnelli's terrific directing is worth seeing! An excellent score and deserving of a 4.5 stars (out of 5) A highly entertaining musical with very little flaws!

One of the greatest musicals

I really love MGM's Technicolor musicals of the 1950s. My favourite is probably "Singin' in the Rain". Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's choreography really cannot be beat. This one is a close second. The ensemble cast is weaker and even with Fred Astaire, the dancing does not touch Kelly's work, but Vincent Minnelli's use of Technicolor is simply stunning. This is some of the purest cinema entertainment you can find.

The Band Wagon
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Musicals
  • Released: 1953

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