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The Fantasticks

  PG Closed Captioning

Michael Ritchie

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About the Movie

Step right up and enjoy the universally loved show that has entertained audiences for over 40 years! The Fantasticks is as fresh and dazzling as ever in this screen adaptation from the original creative team of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. Director Michael Ritchie (A Simple Wish) orchestrates the musical talents of Oscar® winner Joel Grey (Cabaret), Tony Award winner Barnard Hughes (Da), Jean Louisa Kelly (Mr. Holland's Opus) and Joe McIntyre (New Kids On the Block) in a magical, mystical love story inspired by Romeo and Juliet. Two teenagers on neighboring farms steal glances and hide their romance from their feuding fathers. Little do these lovebirds know, however, that their fathers are actually good friends who've hatched a plan with the help of a mystical roving sideshow and its equally mysterious ringmaster to get these lovers down the aisle! But be careful what you wish for. Because to bring these families together they must first be torn apart!

Customer Reviews


I've done this show a couple of times, and let me tell you, every time I endure the adventure it always gets to me, the love story, and the lessons the carnival man gave to Luisa and Matt. It's amazing. The movie is phenomonal


I enjoied the movie when I saw it. The music was good and the story was fun. However, it was all glitz with nothing behind the plot to drive the story home. It's okay as something cute to stick in and keep the kids entertained for an hour+ but it's not a great movie by any means.

loved the play; the movie, not so much

I saw a community theater performance of the Fantasticks about 10 years ago. I'm not exactly an aficionado of staged musicals, but I was captivated by that show and its music. When I found that a filmed version was available on iTunes, I downloaded it hoping to get that feeling back. The film does not do justice to the work upon which it was based. The play made me appreciate the narrative nature of our lives. The movie is like a butterfly collection. It preserves some aspects of its subjects' beauty, but it is devoid of life.